We recently had a fun family activity that I wanted to share! I (Becca) have five kids, ages two to eleven, so it can be a bit tricky to find something the whole family can participate in and enjoy. I've been trying to have a small activity to do after dinner, as a family, and this one was a bit hit! We had a "Tasting Rating" of Kombucha. You could use any food type that you can get a variety of brands or flavors of, there are lots of fun possibilities!
For preparation, I visited our local health food store, and bought six different kinds of kombucha. Then, I just quickly made a chart for us to record our scores on. I went ahead and typed the name of the kombucha in the first column, since I have several non-readers/writers. I printed each person in our family a copy, and then we were set to go! During dinner, I went over the categories and made sure everyone understood the rating system. We used 1-5, with 5 being the best, and doubled the "taste" category so that it had more weight than the "label", for example. The categories we used were: look of labeling, bottle, taste, nutrition, and overall. I passed out saltine crackers to cleanse our palate between tastings, and we used this set of little cups that is one of my favorite things, to do the tastings in.
Everyone enjoyed the activity a lot, and it was fun to see how different people's tastes reacted either similarly or differently on the different drinks. The kids had several great suggestions for further tastings, so we plan to do hot teas, potato chips, and chocolates next! What is your suggestion for a tasting? Let me know if your family tries it also!