Playful Families | A Family Fun Taste Test

Have fun as a family with a tasting party

Question of the Day: What food or drink would you choose right now if you were holding a taste test?

Let’s say you’re feeling a bit bored.

Tired even.

Caring for little people wears you out.

You need comfort. To feel comforted.

A good hug, perhaps?

Someone to take the kids for an hour or a day (or a week)?

But, the reality is you don’t have anyone to take the kids and the hug isn’t going to happen anytime soon and the only comfort you’re going to get is when you finally sink into that cozy chair after the kids are asleep and you begin to numb out with Downton Abbey episodes or social media updates.

What you really need is a quality family activity that gets everyone smiling, interacting and engaged.

And, this family fun idea is truly comforting, too.

Hold a Family Fun Taste Test.

This idea came up at our house late last year when we realized we had a dozen kinds of tea but we weren’t sure we liked any of them. Even after the taste test, which was super fun, we realized the family’s favorite is Madagascar Vanilla Red tea. It’s caffeine-free, smooth and tasty — perfect for kids and sick adults. We each had a second favorite but this was the all-around winner and that’s why we drink it so often.

And, best of all, is that a taste test is also a great way to encourage picky eaters to try new foods. I love any family fun activity that also encourages my family to try something new.

 

Tea tasting as a family fun night

Question of the Day: What food or drink would you choose right now if you were holding a taste test?

To host your own family fun tasting, think of something that would make you feel comforted right now.

Hot tea.The Playful Family Series

Chocolate.

Scones.

Cookies.

Fruit.

Beef Jerky.

Macaroni and Cheese.

Popcorn.

Whatever. Choose whatever makes you happy. Choose whatever brings your family joy. Tea just seems to evoke coziness and it’s perfect for early spring.

Buy a bunch of variations of it and set up a tasting station. And enjoy living in the moment by using all five senses.

Here’s what you need to do:

      • Create tiny bite-sized or mini samples of food or drink that you’d like to try. I’d suggest no more than 5 or 6 variations so that you don’t get too confused or overwhelmed and so you can really experience each flavor fully. Plus, it does add up. We’ve tried candy (leftovers from Halloween) and hot tea.
      • Mark each sample with a number but hide the brand or label so you won’t have any preconceived notions.
      • Gather a few notecards to use to rate your favorites.
      • Come up with a rating system you can all agree on. We had our girls create our system so that they were involved in the process. We rated them on a scale of 1 to 10. Ten being the best and 1 being the worst.
      • Invite everyone to really use all five senses for a really mindful experience. What does the food/drink smell like, feel like, sound like, taste like? You can even ask about how it makes you feel to eat it, which is a nice way to teach children about emotional eating versus just eating when you are hungry.

Question of the Day: What food or drink would you choose right now if you were holding a taste test?

 


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