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Dazeley, Paul; Houston-Price, Carmel (2015)
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Appetite
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: Psychology(all), Nutrition and Dietetics
Activities that engage young children with the sensory properties of foods are popular with nursery schools, despite the lack of evidence for their efficacy in increasing children's consumption of healthy foods. This study provides the first empirical exploration of the effectiveness of a non-taste sensory activity program in a nursery school setting. Ninety-two children aged between 12 and 36 months were allocated to either an intervention group, who took part in looking, listening, feeling and smelling activities with unusual fruits and vegetables every day for four weeks, or to a non-intervention control group. In a subsequent mealtime taste test, children touched and tasted more of the vegetables to which they had been familiarized in their playtime activities than of a matched set of non-exposed foods. The results demonstrate that hands-on activities with unfamiliar fruits and vegetables can enhance children’s willingness to taste these foods, and confirm the potential for such activities to support healthy eating initiatives.
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    • 2. Find items around the nursery that match the color of each food.
    • 3. Draw a picture of each food. Sound
    • 1. Sing a nursery rhyme about fruit and vegetables (song sheet provided, adapted from Old McDonald Had a Farm).
    • 2. Run toward a picture of the food when its name is called.
    • 3. Listen to the noise made when the food is snapped or squeezed. Touch
    • 1. Feel the texture of the outside of the whole foods.
    • 2. Feel the texture of the foods after they've been chopped up.
    • 3. Compare the texture of the chopped up foods before and after they have been cooked. Smell
    • 1. Listen to a story about a child smelling foods in the shop and at home, smelling the foods while listening to the story.
    • 2. Smell the cooked food.
    • 3. Compare the smells of the cooked and uncooked food.
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