In this week’s lesson, Our Sense of Smell, your child will explore his world with his senses. He will see, hear, touch, taste, but more importantly, focus on what things smell like. Your child may learn:
- We have five senses. We use our senses to find out about our world
- We use our eyes to see things, like color, shape and size
- We use our hands to touch things. We learn if things are hot or cold, or soft or scratchy
- We use our ears to hear sounds. We can tell if something sounds high or low, loud or soft.
- We use our tongue to taste things. Things taste sweet, salty, sour, or bitter.
- We use our nose to learn how things smell. Odors can be strong or weak, pleasant or unpleasant.
Smells Tell Us About Our World
Our sense of smell is not developed as well as our other senses, but it is just as important. Without a sense of smell, food just doesn’t taste good. Smells can warn us of danger. If we smell a skunk in the woods, we may change our path to avoid scaring him. If we smell smoke, we know to get out of the building calmly, yet quickly. Smells can also make us happy. How do you feel when you smell popcorn popping? Chocolate chip cookies warm from the oven makes our mouths water just smelling them!
You will be making a set of smelling jars before you begin this week with your child. You will need twelve small containers with lids. Identical salt and pepper shakers may work well, too. You will be putting six pairs of things with distinct scents in the containers, and the child will match up the things that smell the same. You might use lavender oil, vanilla, cocoa, eucalyptus oil, vinegar, and peanut butter. What other scents can you think of?
Directions for Lapbooks Are Coming Soon
Soon we will be learning how to make lapbooks, a learning tool for saving your child’s work. If you have scrapbooking supplies, it will be easier. If not, just make do. There are some videos on youtube, displaying different techniques for assembling these learning tools. I will take us through this process one step at a time. But first, do this week’s activities with your child, and save everything.
Check for these books in your library. Then order the ones you can’t find, or that your child especially enjoys.
- The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry
- Who’s Making that Smell? by Philip Hawthorn
- My Five Senses by Aliki
- These Are My Sensors by Steven M. Beattie, II
- Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch
- Smelling by Rebecca Rissman
- Smell by Maria Ruis
- Terrible, Horrible Smelly Pirate by Carrie Muller
- Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
Quality Toys for Your Preschooler (Optional)
- Educational Insights Smencils colored pencils
- Cloud b Lavender Lab with Scented Pillow
- Fun & Fancy Value Pack Stinky Stickers
- Scratch & Sniff Stickers for Kids:
Chocolate, Strawberry, Pizza, Grape, Vanilla, Popcorn, Peanut Butter
- Marker Set Scented 12 Markers
- Sesame Street Scented Bubble Baths:
Watermelon, Mango Tango, Berry Burst
- N is for Nose letter tracing
- N is for Noah, letter tracing
- What Begins with N?
- Count and Trace Number 1
- Color These Things Purple
- Purple, Green, Yellow worksheet/a>
- Cutting Practice-Straight Lines
- My N Book coloring book