I did a similar activity that University of Nebraska has for the 4-H quality assurance program. Same concepts, different ingredients. And there were 2 groups, 1 had specific amounts of each ingredient, the other had estimated amounts like a handful, a lot, or a few.
However, I took it one more step, after they had the feed mixed, we "ground" the feed in a food processor (I used my 'magic bullet' from home). We did this since we talked about processed feeds are more palatable and all the ingredients get mixed in and make it more balanced when they eat it and can't sort it out. After the feed has been ground, the students taste it and try to taste the different ingredients which were all in the same bite. We used peanuts, chocolate, and pretzels, and they can usually taste each ingredient. Of course, this works better with dry ingredients like the cereal you used. We hot cinnamon candies which don't mix as well since they are harder, but they worked better than hot tamale candies which gummed up the blades.
When I start the feed balancing unit, I start with a treat for the class, which are home baked cookies. The first one they get is high in salt, not enough to make them sick but enough to make them taste bad. I don't let them taste it until everyone has their cookie and I tell them to really taste it, don't just eat it. They notice the salt in the first bite, usually, and throw the rest away. Then I redeem my abilitiy to make cookies (or my wife's) and give them a good one, assuring them that it is good. They remember this activity way past that unit. The point I try to get across to them - if directions on mixing feed aren't followed, the feed could be less palatable and depending on the ingredient, could make the animal sick or less healthy.
We did this lab today, and the kids loved it! Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful to hear that! Glad they enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know.
I did this lab a few times and it turned out awesome! They kids really got into it and had a lot of fun. Great learning activity that involved food for motivation Thank you for sharing this!!