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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:

  • Banana
  • Strawberries (or any seasonal berries)
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Fork
  • Parental permission
Photographer: hui sang | Source: Unsplash

Preparing the activity:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

Photographer: Derek Owens | Source: Unsplash

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.

Tracking the activity:

0-11 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Responds to what carer is paying attention to, e.g. following their gaze

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness- Gazes at faces and copies facial movements. e.g. sticking out tongue, opening mouth and widening eyes

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing feelings and behaviour- Shows a range of emotions such as pleasure, fear and excitement

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Reacts in interaction with others by smiling, looking and moving

Physical Development: Moving and Handling- Explores objects with mouth, often picking up an object and holding it to the mouth

8-20 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Managing feelings and behaviour- Cooperates with caregiving experiences, e.g. dressing

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Has a strong exploratory impulse

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Opens mouth for spoon

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Grasps finger foods and brings them to mouth

Physical Development: Health and self-care- Attempts to use spoon: can guide towards mouth but food often falls off