Often TASTE is the most enjoyed of the element of my Sensory Stories. I always try to make sure I have something pleasant for them to taste.
Of course, there is the worry of allergies and some children won't be able to take anything by mouth. But this shouldn't put you off. Just make sure you check ingredients.
I normally go for two options, one that is soft - like a jam, or for The Queen Bee, honey and then I will bring something that can be chewed, like Maltesers (honeycomb for the Queen Bee) or prawn cocktail skips (the taste of the sea) for The Mermaid's Tail.
Never force the food, but offer it to the lips and don't worry if they don't take it. Try again the next time, on another day it may go down better.
Just remember, always make sure the TASTE will be pleasant. No one wants a teaspoon of salt even if it does represent the sea more accurately than skips!
Vicky McFarland is a storyteller and writer based in Northern Ireland. She tells stories all around the country as well as providing story and creative writing resources. Visit her website www.taletime.co.uk to find out more about Vicky's Sensory Stories.