Food Guessing Game
Gather the kids for a round of "Name that Flavor!"
- Culinary delicacies: Ketchup, pickle juice, french fries, peas, cheese—basically clean out your fridge. Yogurt nearing its sell-by date? Use it up! Pick out five to 10 items with radically different flavors.
- Several small bowls or cups: One for each flavor!
- Spoons: Use a different one for each edible so you don't taint the taste test.
- Blindfold: Stretch out your hubby's ugliest tie so he won't be able to use it again.
- Researcher: The test administrator.
- Taste tester: a.k.a., the Human Guinea Pig. This activity is great for ganging up on Dad. Your child will delight in shoving anchovy juice into his unsuspecting mouth—and you'll love watching!
- Blindfold the taste tester.
- Raid the fridge. Select five to 10 items to test. Pick eats that don't require a lot of chewing (no filet mignon, no matter how tender).
- Cut everything into very tiny pieces.
- Put a small amount of each item into a cup or bowl. Stick a spoon into each bowl.
- Sit your blindfolded taste tester down at the table.
- Fill a spoon with one of the food items.
- Feed it to the taste tester (remember to savor the moment!).
- The taste tester then tries to identify the item.
- Give the taste tester one point for every correctly identified food.
- Swap places: the researcher dons the blindfold and becomes the Human Guinea Pig.
- Repeat steps five through nine. Whoever correctly guesses the most food items wins. Go Rachael Ray!
- If your child is whizzing through all of the items, up the game's stakes by combining two foods together, like ketchup and yogurt, or pickle juice and pasta sauce (yum!) But be careful, you don't want to make anyone sick!