Healthy Children - May 2013


Play with the Colors and Smells of Food

Children love to play with the colors and smells of food. Here are some ideas you can use with your child.

Check Out the Colors!

Food comes in a rainbow of colors. Here are some ways to check out the many colors of food:

  1. Go to the fruit and vegetable section of the store. Talk about the many colors of the food.
  2. For fun, have Red Day, Yellow Day, Blue Day, Orange Day, or Green Day. On these days, eat at least one food of that color.


For example, on Red Day choose strawberries, cherries, a slice of watermelon, tomatoes, radishes, beets, or another red food. On Yellow Day choose a banana, peach, corn, or another yellow food.

Check out the Smells!

The smells of food are also very different. Here is a game that you and your child can play:

  1. Gather foods with strong smells: Banana, cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, orange, onion, peanut butter, and others.
  2. Put a little bit of each food in a separate dish.
  3. Put a blindfold on your child.
  4. Let your child smell a food and guess what it is.
  5. You take a turn with the blindfold.


While You’re Cooking:

While you cook, give your child some samples to feel and smell.

  1. Give your child some dry rice, cornmeal, flour, or rolled oats - to feel.
  2. Give your child a piece of fruit or vegetable that your child can eat raw - to taste.
  3. Talk about which foods are easy to guess by their smell. Help your child compare cooked and uncooked foods. Show your child how food changes when it is cooked. Children love the colors and smells of food!


Adapted from Tickle Your Appetite.