The Nose Knows

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In this activity (2nd activity on the page), learners explore how the nose is responsible for part of the flavor we taste in food. One learner is blindfolded and holds her nose as she tastes an apple or pear slice. The learner is challenged to identify the mystery food. This activity can be conducted with baby foods or flavored jelly beans as well, which are all the same texture.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Foods to taste: fruit or vegetable slices, baby food, jelly beans
  • Utensils for cutting, serving foods
  • Blindfold


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
      • Smell
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • taste

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All rights reserved, Eric H. Chudler, 2009