Besides being a low-pressure way to encourage kids to try something new, an apple taste test is a fun way to promote healthy eating and sneak in a little math.
1. Start by getting a variety of apples. (Kids love to help with this part!) 5 different types will be plenty but choose as many as you like - Honey Crisp, McIntosh, Gala, Red/Golden Delicious, Opal, Granny Smith. (You may find this apple varieties guide handy.)
2. Here's our helping cutting guide video for kids!
3. Next cut the apples into bite-sized pieces and put each variety on a separate plate. (Be sure to label them so you know which is which!)
4. Have kids sample the first apple. Think about taste, tartness, and texture. Use tallies to mark if they like it or not (one mark if they like it, two marks if they LOVE it).
5. Repeat step 4 for each kind of apple.
6. After everyone has had a chance to taste all the apples, have kids pick their favorite and give that one a third tally mark. You’ll end up with a simple tally graph of everyone’s favorites.
7. What apple was the winner??
8. When you’re done, take those tally graphs and turn them into an APPLE PIE CHART!
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