activity: discovering food textures

Sometimes children are not actually put off by the taste of a food, but by the texture.

After trying a food a child might simply say “I don’t like it.” They probably don’t realize that it’s the texture they don’t enjoy.

The next time your child says that he doesn’t like a food, ask more questions:

What did you think about the texture?

What did you think about the temperature?

What did you think about the smell?

What did you think about the colour?

This exercise will help your child become more familiar with different food textures.

Prepare the following foods. Eat these with your children and name the texture of each one. Brainstorm with your child some other foods that have the same texture. Once you’ve tasted them all, ask your child which texture was his or her favourite and least favourite.

Mushy: overcooked green beans

Crisp: well-done bacon

Flaky: puff pastry or fish

Leathery: beef jerky

Crunchy: apple

Smooth: pudding or yogurt

Tender: steamed broccoli or asparagus

These exercises will help your child become more familiar with different food textures.