Baby Food Tasting Activity
This activity is created with babies over 6 months old in mind. It is easy to create and links to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. Just a few items are needed to make this activity which helps to build on physical development and creates positive relationships with food.
Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:
What you will need:
- Strawberries (or any seasonal berries)
- Parental permission
Preparing the activity:
- First of all, confirm that parents are happy for their baby to try new foods and inform them which ones they will be trying, ensuring no allergies are, or are likely to be, present (make sure to check allergies of parents as they can be hereditary).
- Mash up the foods with a fork in separate bowls. These should all be squashed easily by hand as they are soft, but a blender can be used if preferred.
- Grab some spoons and get munching!
Doing the activity:
Attempt to time this activity in line with feeding patterns - for example, at snack time. Ensure the babies are seated in suitable chairs and put on any aprons or bibs that are routinely used.
One by one, encourage them to try each food type, perhaps starting with the avocado then moving on to the sweet flavours. Use reassuring words (e.g., “yummy”, “tasty”, “good” and “yes”) with positive body language as motivation. Maybe even try the foods with them!
As well as prompting them to use spoons, also allow the children to use their hands to feel the different textures and further explore the foods. This way the senses of sight, smell, touch and taste are all working together to assist with their development.
Constant communication with babies is the best way to help them learn, so maintain verbal interaction and sing, sing, sing! And remember; with any activity for young babies, close supervision is crucial to ensure they do not put unsuitable items in their mouths.