Taste or smell?

Includes: Indoors, Technology and science

Activity time:
< 10 mins


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How smell affects taste

Find out how our nose and taste buds help us know what we're eating


  1. Give each girl a piece of apple and ask them to eat it, paying close attention to how it tastes.
  2. Put several drops of one of the essences on to some cotton wool balls.
  3. Ask each girl to eat another piece of apple while holding the cotton wool ball next to her nose. Does the apple taste different?
  4. Try it with the different essences to see if there is any difference in the taste. You could also try blindfolding the girls so their sight doesn’t influence what their noses are telling them.

Planning checklist

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

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2 adults needed