For this sensory game, players use touch and taste to (literally) savor the moment. With the sense of sight temporarily switched off by a blindfold, the other senses are heightened, focusing the player’s attention even more at the moment. 1. Pick 3 or more things to taste test. (We recommend using berries or cut fruit but you can use anything) 2. Put each item on a separate dish. 3. Pick who will be the first guesser. 4. Blindfold the guesser. 5. Place the dishes within reach then ask the blindfolded player to pick up a food item from the first dish. 6. The guesser will take a deep breath, and try a snack. 7. Have them feel the fruit with their hands and describe its texture. 8. Now, have them taste the snack and describe the flavors while they eat. (don’t ask them to identify the snack yet!) 9. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all snacks have been tasted. 10. Switch roles with your partner and repeat steps 4-8! 11. When all snacks have been tasted and guessed by everyone playing, take a look at the picture to see an example of a completed Mindful Journal. 12. When ready, click to upload a picture or video of the food you tasted, and answer the questions on the sheet. 13. When you have completed your Mindful Journal, click to submit!
Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain and is important for development in young children. It’s also a great way to soothe anxious or frustrated emotions when they arise by focusing attention and encouraging mindfulness. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/cognitive_development_and_sensory_play https://mindfullittles.org/blindfolded-fruit-tasting-game/