Learn about the five senses, what they do and how do they work:
- Human Sense Organs - Learn about the five senses!
Mindful Eating Exercise:
First you will need pick a fruit or something to eat mindfully - Recommendations would be an orange, maybe a hard piece of candy. (If you can get your hands on the Zotz candy- thats a fun one!)
Start with SIGHT:
What does it look like? What Color is it? Does it have ridges? Describe what you see then you look at the fruit/ food you picked. There is not wrong or right here- take a few moments to do this.
Then move to TOUCH:
Maybe take a moment here to touch your orange or hard candy- prior to it being in your mouth, with an orange you will have an opportunity to touch and feel the skin, then you will have to peel the orange and you may feel the peel get under your nails, you may feel and notice the white stringy things on the orange itself from the peel. Ask yourself- Does it feel smooth, bumpy, soft/hard? Take some time here just to notice the touch senes with your hands and then notice the touch sense with your tongue. Does if feel different? With the the food entering into your mouth you and/or your child may want to bite into it- it's okay to do whatever you want. With a Zotz the longer you are able to resist the more experiments it can be! With the orange you will feel different textures inside the fruit vs. outside with the peel. Just take them all in and notice them!
With Sight and Touch activated- you may have already started to SMELL (You actually may have smelled your orange First!) When you smell ask yourself does this smell remind me of anything? How is this smell different from other foods? Does it smell sweet? Maybe they is no smell, but the flavor from taste helps you to realize what it may smell like(?).
What do you hear? Maybe with the Zotz you hear the crunching or the fizzing (you maybe be feeling the fizzing as well). Maybe with the orange you heard the opening of the peel or the popping of the juice sacs.
Can you taste flavors while holding the orange or hard Zotz? What about when the orange, Zotz, or food you chose enter(s)(ed) your mouth and touched your tongue? How about when you bite into it?
Are there any flavors left lingering in your mouth after you swallow?
Paying attention to senses like this can help us to....
Feel a bit calmer
Train our brains to stay present
Was eating like this different from how you used to eat or normally eat?
If, so how was it different?
Would you like to talk about what this experience was like for you?
Is this something you would like to do again? (If so maybe try a different food, "chocolate"!)
How could learning to focus your attention like this help in other areas or activities?