What Parent Say
“I think it’s a great idea – looks like a great concept.”“
“Think it is brilliant, it’s a way of getting the little ones to eat fruit and even give it a try, which most shy away from.“
“Perfect for fussy eaters & encouraging different tastes when weaning!“
“We love the ‘tool set’ the REAL System provides, it’s encouraged our child to learn about and sample healthy food.“
What Teachers say
You will be pleased to hear that our KS1 have been enjoying and learning food education through the Taste ‘n’ Tell programme.
The Taste ‘n’ Tell programme has had a great influence on our children at Norwood Green. They love Veggie vole and Holly honeybee. It has made the subject of healthy eating far more fun and enjoyable.
“Such as brilliant resource for young children to learn about different tastes and origins of food.“
“An exciting new concept for children“
What the Clinical Professionals say
The Taste ‘n’ Tell experience has multiple benefits for children. The resources provide an opportunity for the children to become familiar with a range of foods whilst stimulating their senses of colour, smell, taste and texture. In addition, the programme can help the children develop their communication skills as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of where food comes from and healthy eating. The Taste ‘n’ Tell experience has a variety of fun and engaging activities that can be integrated into the educational programme and continued within the home environment, helping children learn through food and develop healthy eating habits.
Establishing good food habits in early years has a key role in helping children eat a wide variety of foods which can provide them with a better balance of nutrients for their health and wellbeing as they grow. Evidence shows that early life childhood food preferences and experience predict later childhood and adult food preferences and dietary range (Harris & Mason, 2017). Taste ‘n’ Tell helps provide a fun and positive opportunity for children to try out a range foods.
“I’ve lost count of the number of families that I have worked with who have struggled with young children who are fussy eaters, and this may have been the solution they were looking for. What a brilliant way to introduce new foods to your little ones and build the foundations for happy and confident eaters.”
Taste ‘n’ Tell is based upon academic research by the University of Wales, which shows the application of three factors, taste exposure, role models & rewards, leads to the increase in consumption of fruit and vegetables. This research proves rewards used in the right context using role models such as superheroes, is beneficial.
If you’d like to read the research, you’ll find it at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14985691