Ice cream taste testing is a fun activity to do with children of just about all ages. Not only is it tasty fun, but it’s also a great way to help your children get in tune with their senses, learn to really taste their food, and to learn a little more about the way food is made and priced. You can tailor the activity’s depth depending on the ages of your children. This is also a great activity to use at a birthday party!
The first step to creating an ice cream taste test activity at home is to buy various ice cream brands. You only need a pint of each kind since the kids will need just a taste of many different brands. It is really important that you buy ice cream of the same flavor. Vanilla is usually the best choice since every single ice cream brand makes vanilla. Buy the cheapest brand and also the most expensive, along with three or four brands that fall in between.
Once you have your ice cream purchased you can set up the taste test. On large paper plates, write the names of the brands of ice cream you bought. Then put one small scoop (very small since there will be so many—you might use a melon baler or cookie scoop) at each spot. Now it’s time to taste! Let the kids take their time tasting each ice cream. Encourage them to taste slowly and to let the ice cream stay in their mouths for a while before swallowing. Encourage them to think about the ice cream’s texture, flavor, density, length of time it takes to melt, etc. You might even want to supply a chart where the kids can jot down their observations. While they are tasting you can tell them that there are people who have a job tasting ice cream!
Once everyone has tasted all of the ice creams, it’s time to vote. Using a secret ballot, let each member of the family, or each party guest write down his vote for favorite ice cream. Once the votes are cast, tally them and see who the winner is.
The ice cream taste test does not stop here. Once you see which ice cream won, it’s time to reveal what the ice cream brands are. Reveal what the least and most expensive pints are. Compare the winner to the price of the ice cream. Then let the children try to determine why there is such a great discrepancy in pricing among ice cream brands. Check out the ingredients list, hold the containers and see how their weights differ, review the amount of fat and calories in each container, etc. You and your kids may be very surprised by the variations you discover when you look deeper into the different ice creams.
An ice cream taste test is a very fun activity for all ages that also teaches some critical thinking skills. Get your ice cream pints today and have an ice cream taste test as a home school activity, play date fun, birthday party game, or family time together.