Sunday, August 9, 2015

Five Senses Snack: A Mindful Eating Chart

Have you ever eaten a favorite snack while reading?  Watching TV?  Checking messages on your phone?  Doing or correcting homework?

How did it taste?  Did you even notice?

Remember: It isn't a treat if you're not enjoying it.

This chart can help you truly appreciate what you're eating by slowing down and noticing not just the flavor but also the texture, scent, color, and even sound.  

photo of mandarins by Daria Yakovleva for Pixabay

created by Catharine Hannay for

A note to teachers:  If you'd like to try this with your class, be sure to choose your snack carefully and think through what type of preparation you might need to do ahead of time.  I know a teacher who was very excited to share seasonal fruit, so she  asked her kindergartners to each bring a sharp knife to class!  You probably wouldn't do that, but you could have students with unusual allergies or work at a school with a strict food policy.


related posts:

A Dozen Ways to Explore the Five Senses

Noticing the Five Senses: A Daily Mindfulness Log

Human Camera: A Mindfulness Activity to Engage the Senses