Thursday 2 April 2015

Learning about the senses - Smell


The final installment of our learning about the senses posts! This time I will be telling you all about how we learnt about the sense of smell. This was an interesting one to think up activities for. I don't think I have ever done a smell-based activity with the children before but these activities were great fun. 


I soon spotted this post which was all about spice painting and thought it would be a great way for the children to explore different smells. To make spice paint you simply dilute some PVA glue with a bit of water and then mix in the different spices. The children loved helping me prepare the paint. We used herbs as well as spices for some extra sensory fun!


Here are the paints all ready to be used. I love the earthy colours.


The children got stuck in painting pictures with their homemade paints. We talked about the different smells as they painted.


R looks like he's enjoying it!


D was practicing her writing. She just loves to write at the moment, Though she's not so interested in reading yet.


Here is some more writing.


D also painted a picture of a girl. She likes to draw and paint people.


This is what R painted. I think the spices worked better for these paints as they were ground up very finely so mixed well with the glue. The herbs, because they weren't ground up, did not work so well.


Next, D surprised me by coming up with another sensory idea I had never thought of before. She found a little scented pouch of lavender she had made and brought it over to the table along with some double sided tape.


Then, she set to work sticking tape on a piece of paper and sprinkling the lavender on top. I was very impressed with her spontaneity and imagination. I love it when children use their imagination to create something special. Sometimes we can learn a lot from our children.

Check out these posts to find out how we learnt about the sense of taste, touch, sight and hearing.

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  1. What great ideas. I had a lot of fun with my girls when I was making soap- I got them to smell all the essential oils and get them to guess what they were supposed to be- they were terrible at it but they enjoyed the game!

    1. ooh soap making sounds lots of fun! was it easy to make?

  2. That looks like it was a lot of fun. Were any of the spices overpowering? Curious!

    1. We didn't add too much so it wasn't overpowering but it did still smell after it had dried and made the room smell too!

  3. What a great sensory play! I will try to recreate it with my kids.


  4. I never thought about using spices for crafting, but it is a great idea to explore different senses.

  5. This is a lovely idea, I'll see if I can get my little girl to have a go.

  6. Love these ideas. D did really well suggesting that lavender picture...fab idea!
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids (sorry I'm late, I've been away for a few days )


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