How does the core feel?

Nutritional education focus
On your senses, get set, go ... get a taste!

© StMELF / Tobias Hase

There is a lot to discover for kindergarten and elementary school children on a sensory course. Equipped with a gourmet pass, the children embark on a journey of discovery for the senses. They can do small sensory exercises at various stations, and participation is documented with a sticker at each station.

Our sensory perceptions - seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and hearing - help determine whether food tastes good or not. Since children's taste is strongly influenced in the first years of life, it is an important part of nutritional education to train children in their taste perception.

The aim of the sensory course is

  • To offer children sensual and non-knowledge-based access to food,
  • to promote a conscious perception of food through awareness-raising, which ideally leads to a greater variety of foods and a more balanced diet,
  • to offer new taste stimuli and thereby increase the acceptance of unknown foods,
  • to show that the quality of food can also be assessed with the help of the senses.

The sensory course consists of five stations

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See station
At the seeing station, children can experience the influence of their eyes on their taste with a drink test. And during a game, check how quickly you can assign fruits and vegetables if they are in a chopped or prepared form.

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Feel station
The Feeling station is about the sense of touch of the hands and tongue. Food that is hidden in tactile bags is not so easy to recognize from its shape and surface. The sense of touch also includes the perception of temperature, sharpness, burning and tingling in the mouth

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Smell station
By smelling different herbs, children relate to certain foods and dishes relatively quickly. You will experience how the intensity of smells changes through crushing or drying. Another smelling exercise consists in recognizing food and spices by their smell.

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Taste station
Children have a lot of fun taking part in a blind tasting of various types of fruit and vegetables. It is also part of the tasting station to taste the basic flavors sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

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Listening station
Hearing also helps determine whether or not children like something in terms of taste. Recognizing food by the chewing noises is not that easy.
For whom?

The KErn designed the sensory course for activities in nutrition education of the 47 departments for nutrition, agriculture and forestry. They also lend it to daycare centers and schools.

Interested parties can also contact KErn and borrow the sensory course free of charge.
For scheduling and further information, please contact:

Susanne Ullrich
KErn - Competence Center for Nutrition

Hofer Street 20
95326 Kulmbach
Tel .: 09221-40782-46
Email: [email protected]

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