Are you a Supertaster?

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
In this activity, learners examine their tongue and taste buds. Learners will identify an area on their tongue with a reinforcement ring, dye the area blue and then use a magnifying glass and mirror to count the number of taste buds in the area. If learners count more than 40 dots, they are considered a "supertaster." [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • one three-hole page reinforcement ring
  • blue food coloring
  • mirror
  • magnifying glass
  • tongue


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Ontario Science Centre, 2011