Kids Can Make a DIY Taste Test for the New Year

Start the new year off with a taste of sweetness. One of the symbolic foods for Rosh Hashanah is honey, and kids can set up a simple taste test of sweet and sticky items you already have in your kitchen. See if you and your family can figure out which is which by using your senses.

Parents and older kids can try to tell them apart by just taste and smell, while you might offer younger kids the additional clues of sight or even touch if you don’t mind a slightly messy experiment!

This Activity Works With These Books:


  • Maple syrup
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Honey
  • Other liquid sweeteners like simple syrup, molasses, or date honey
  • Small tasting cups


  • Once you have all of your sweet-tasting ingredients assembled, pour a little of each into different cups.
  • Family members can put on blindfolds and dip spoons (use a clean one every time!) into each cup.
  • Can’t tell what’s what the first time around? Do it again — and this time, see if you can describe all the tiny details of each taste.


Learn all about how honey is made with a visit to an apiary!

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Find more High Holidays crafts and activities on the PJ Library Rosh Hashanah hub.