An entire week of five senses activities sure to keep you and your little ones busy!
Music and Group Time Fun
Guess the Shape…
(Touch and sight)
Cut several assorted sized shapes from heavy cardboard or tag board. Blindfold one child. Have them feel the shape and try to guess what shape it is using only his sense of touch. Allow each child to have a turn.
Children dance around the room to music when the music stops they all have to freeze in the position they were in when the music stopped. Resume movement when music starts.
Food Tasting Party…
Make a large graph from tag board with sweet, sour, bitter and salty labeled down the left side of the graph. On the top of the graph place pictures of foods that the children will taste and tell you which category the food would belong in. Have small bite sized foods set out for trying.
Paint To the Beat…
Many great artists are inspired by music. Play a few different pieces of music and allow the children’s imagination run wild.
Get several plastic dish pans and put a different color of tempera paint in each one. Spread out a long piece of butcher paper on the ground in front of the pans. Have each child step into two pans one foot in each one and then they walk across the paper. At the end of the paper have a pan of shaving cream for the children to walk in and then a pan of water to wash the cream off.
Measure equal parts of flour, salt and water. Place the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add food coloring to the water and mix all three ingredients together. Place the mixture into a squeeze bottle. When the mixture dries on paper it will look “puffy.”
Use a dish pan and place plastic toys on the bottom. Cover the toys with shaving cream and invite the children to find the toys.
The Nose Knows…
Dip matching pairs of cotton balls into different cooking extracts and place them into film canisters (one hour photo labs have a surplus and always willing to share). Have the children match the two that smell the same to each other.
Add assorted items to film canisters make two matching sound containers. Popcorn, nuts and bolts are a few options. Have the children shake and listen to the sound of the container. Pair up the two that sound alike.
Set out an assortment of books with Braille,picture books dealing with the senses and sign language. Have the children look over them and invite them to ask related questions.
1 small package sugar-free fruit-flavored gelatin
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Mix the dry ingredients in a pan. Add boiling water and vegetable oil. Stir over medium-high heat until the mixture forms a ball. Place the ball on wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Cut the fruit picture from the gelatin box and paste it to the lid. Use different flavors to make all different colors and scents.
A Close Look…
Set out binoculars, microscopes, magnifying glasses and assorted items for the children to explore through the viewing equipment.
A Great Sense of Smell…
Remove the labels off full-assorted baby food jars. Mount the labels with the picture of the food on index cards. Have the children match the scent of the baby food jar by smelling the food and guessing the correct matching index card.