Category Archives: Five Senses

Activities about the five senses

Spice it Up!

The following activity was inspired by Lesson 3 in our workbook, About Me. .

Check out Lesson 3, Five Senses, in our workbook, About Me!

 

This Christmas-themed activity is a perfect addition to your unit on the 5 senses, and it’s super easy to prepare!

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What you need:

  1. Italian Seasonings
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Rosemary or pine needles
  4. Ground cloves or ground ginger
  5. Glue
  6. Free Printable (print onto card stock if possible) spice art

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What to do:

  1. Have your child explore his sense of smell by smelling different spices from your cupboard. Have him describe to you what each smells like, or reminds him of.
  2. Narrow the spices down to the four listed above and show your child the worksheet. Using his sense of smell, have him match the spice to the correct picture.
  3. Apply glue to a picture and sprinkle the correct spice onto it. Repeat with the remaining pictures.

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Why we like it:

This activity not only exposes your child to different smells, but also has him identify where he has smelled those smells in everyday life. He learns about how spices affect our senses, through taste and smell. Your child can come back to this project and experience it repeatedly throughout the week!

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Check out Lesson 3, Five Senses, in our workbook, About Me

Sounds Like Fun!

This activity goes along with Lesson 3 in our workbook, About Me.

This activity goes along with Lesson 3 in our workbook, About Me.

Here is a  listening game that is loads of fun – your child will want to play it over and over again!

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You’ll need the following supplies:

  1. Popcorn seeds
  2. Marbles
  3. Raisins
  4. Rice
  5. Coins
  6. Toothpicks
  7. Pebbles
  8. Raw shell pasta
  9. Oat Cereal

First, download our Matching Sounds Mat (found under “Support Materials”) and print out. We put ours in a page protector, for obvious reasons.

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Fill 9 plastic Easter eggs with the supplies. This game is trickier if the eggs are all the same color.

Ask your child to heft, shake, and listen to each egg. He can guess what’s in them by placing each on it’s corresponding square on the mat.

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When he is done guessing, your child can open each egg to see if he’s correct. It’s pretty cool to see him light up when he gets it right!

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Why We Like It: This is another version of our Eggsamples activity, which isolates and explores several of the five senses. Kids like the colorful mat and the opportunity to “guess” by placing eggs on the squares. They excitedly anticipate the completion of the game, when they get to see how many eggs they guessed correctly. This is a good introduction to the process of elimination and is not as easy as it looks – it might take your child a few practices to get them all right!

Check out the Five Senses lesson in our workbook, About Me!

Check out the Five Senses lesson in our workbook, About Me!

Feeling Hands

This post was inspired by Lesson 3 in our workbook About Me.

Filled with fun activities, colorful illustrations, and inventive worksheets, About Me will excite your child to learn about the human body!

This week’s sensory project can be developed in many different ways. Come up with your own ideas!

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Project #1 – Hand Cut-outs

1. Gather a variety of papers and materials that have an interesting feel. We chose corrugated cardboard, faux fur, foam, sparkly card stock, felt, and metallic scrapbooking paper.

2. Trace around your child’s hand onto card stock to make a template. (Reserve this template if you choose to complete project #3.) Use the template to trace the hand onto your papers and fabrics. Cut out each.

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3. If you wish, this can be as far as you go with this project. You can punch a hole in each hand and string them together, or use a key ring to keep them attached. Your child will want to handle them as she learns words to describe how each feels.

 

Project #2 – Texture Cards

1. Write or type a describing word for each hand on pieces of card stock. Cut the card stock into smaller cards for easier handling. Glue the hands onto their corresponding cards.

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The foam hand feels soft and squishy

 

Project #3 – Feeling Hands Book

1. To make a book, you will need a small cardboard box, such as one for cereal/granola bars. Cut the box to resemble a cover. Make sure you have cut the cover the same size as your hand cards.

2. Decorate the book cover – we used the reserved hand template for the front and covered the back with construction paper (using school glue).

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3. Punch holes in the spine and on the cards, making sure they are aligned, like this:

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3. Thread a piece of yarn or string through the holes and secure with a square knot:

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Optional – we “laminated” our book cover with packaging tape to make it sturdier.

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Why We Like It:  This is a cute project that your child can enjoy for quite a while. She learns that her hands are what she uses most when discovering what objects feel like. If you use bright and colorful materials, this project can be a highly visual experience as well. Teach your child new describing words while she feels each cut-out.

Lesson 3: Five Senses - includes activities, games, and worksheets!

Lesson 3: Five Senses – includes activities, games, and worksheets!

Touch & Identify

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Project #1 – A Block Party for the Senses

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This craft introduces your child to some different textures and words to describe them.

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You will need 6 different textures for a 6 sided wooden cube. Here is what we used:

  1. Soft – fleece
  2. Sticky – decorative card stock and 2-sided tape
  3. Spikey – self-adhesive velcro
  4. Bumpy – glitter glue
  5. Smooth – decorative card stock
  6. Rough – sand paper

The velcro side is easiest – cut some strips to fit on one side of the cube, peel off the backing, and stick on.

We used wood glue for the fleece and sand paper squares (press the fleece on gently), and Modge Podge to glue on the card stock.

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For the sticky side, first glue on a card stock square, then place strips of 2-sided tape on top of that. If the tape becomes un-sticky after a lot of handling, just re-apply more tape.

Squeeze some dots of glitter glue on the remaining side and let dry.

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Why We Like It: We like the compact and colorful aspects of this educational craft. This block is not only fun to feel, but fun to look at too!

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Project #2 – Guessing Game

Use different puzzle pieces for a fun guessing game using your sense of touch-

We used alphabet, number, and shapes puzzles. Using one puzzle at a time, place the pieces in an empty tissue box. Have your child reach inside the box and grab a piece, but not pull it out. Ask him if he can tell what the piece is by feeling it. He can then pull it out and put it in it’s correct position on the puzzle board.

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Why We Like It: This activity helps your child hone in on his sense of touch – by not being able to see the puzzle pieces, he is forced to concentrate on how they feel in order to identify them. If you use numbers, letters, and shapes, you can make this activity a part of your math or reading lesson.

These activities can go along with Lesson #3 (5 senses) found in our first workbook:

Sensory Games

"About Me" - first workbook in the series that's all about the human body.

About Me is a colorful and engaging science workbook for young children. Get a jump start on your child’s understanding of the human body and the world around her!

Project #1: Sense Eggsamples

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We’ve added some depth to the popular activity of filling plastic Easter eggs with small objects for children to shake and listen to. The objects in our eggs also have smelly and sensory properties, so kids can explore three or more senses simultaneously.

You need at least 6 plastic eggs (all the same color, preferably) and small sensory objects (list below). When your child opens an egg, you can ask her questions about the contents, such as, “How do they smell? How do they feel?” After closing the eggs, she can shake them to hear what they sound like.

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You can then mix up the eggs. Ask your child to shake each one and guess what’s inside. For more fun, make a double of each egg for a matching sound game.

Here are some egg filling ideas to get you started:

dandelion heads
flower petals
cinnamon stick (cut up)
pinto beans
peppercorns
whole cloves
hard candy (peppermint, lemon drops, root beer barrels)
smelly erasers
scented wet wipes (cut into small squares)
pine needles
cinnamon toothpicks (cut up)
dry oatmeal

Any other non-smelly objects, such as pom poms,  can be sprayed with air freshener or rubbed with a dry soap bar.

Why we like it: Like all of our projects, this activity is multi-faceted and has potential for development. You can expand the activity to include taste, and you can come up with your own filling ideas.

 

Project #2: Cube and Card Game

First, make a five senses cube out of a wood block (found at craft stores), or you can print out our paper block (look under Support Materials). Wood block instructions can be found here, folding paper block instructions can be found here.

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There are several ways to play with the cube. Here are some of our ideas:

1. Ask your child her favorite things to sense. For example, if she rolls the sense of sound (ear) then ask her what her favorite sound is.

2. Ask your child to find things in the room to sense. If your child rolls the sense of touch (finger) then ask her to find something in the room that has an interesting feel.

3. Use picture cards (we used some from Classic Memory). Ask your child to pick a card to match the sense she rolled.  For instance, if she rolled the sense of sight, then she should try to pick a picture of an object she exclusively uses sight to sense (clouds, sun, moon). For the side of the cube that shows all five senses, have some cards of crunchy, noisy foods available to choose from.

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Why We Like It: Kids love the element of chance involved while playing with the cube. Also, they have to mentally match objects with the senses that detect those objects. There are lots of ways you can play – come up with your own games!

These activities can accompany the worksheets and activities found in Lesson 3 of About Me – an exciting and educational workbook for kids!

Lesson 3: Five SensesThis week’s activities are based on Lesson 3 of About Me.