If you are a Harry Potter fan and you happen to live in England then you’re lucky enough to have a world of Harry Potter at your doorstep.
When we lived overseas, we visited platform 9 3/4, rode the Hogwarts Express, made Glencoe one of the stops on our road trip through Scotland, and spent a day at Alnwick Castle- just some of the famed locations where Harry Potter was filmed.
Of all the above listed, Alnwick Castle proved to be the most fun for our family. We watched a jester juggle on silts and eat fire, we toured the castle grounds. LittleMan got to dress up as a knight and there was even a broomstick flying class!
Of course, you don’t have to live in England to experience a taste of wizardry.
Since returning back stateside, our family still enjoys playing our version of muggle quidditch (with a literacy twist), and of course we love Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean.
Well….we love most of the flavors…
One fun way to encourage vocabulary building and sensory exploration is to have a taste test. Thanks to their wide variety of flavors, Bertie Bott’s is perfect for a taste testing activity.
When we do a taste test we like to examine the bean before hand, discuss the color and what flavor it could possibly be (there is a color guide on back of the box but we don’t check it until AFTER we eat the bean). When we chew the bean we try to use specific words to discuss how they taste. Rather than “good” or “bad” we say, “tangy, sweet, spicy, rancid, bland, sour, etc..” Despite using such specific words to discuss the flavors, we only record the taste as being good or bad (by way of making a check mark either in the smiley face column or in the frowny face column). This simple recording system makes it easier for LittleMan to do the record keeping himself.
I like to keep a cup of milk or some crackers on hand to cleanse the pallet between different flavor beans.
All in all it is a fun activity that encourages vocabulary and prediction and sensory exploration.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.