ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: The 5 Senses

Monday, July 6, 2009

The 5 Senses

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The Messy Playdate hosted by Adventures of a Flake looks like a fantastic way to have fun and explore all of our senses. You've got to check out her link to see all the great sensory activities she provided for the playdate party goers! Are you brave enough to send the invites?

Apples and Jammies explains a 5 Senses Nature Walk.
This post by Apples and Jammies lists activity ideas for each of the senses.

Thanks to KC from The Wonder Years for this 5 sense submission.
Title - Exploring the Five Senses using Montessori Inspired Materials
Learning Objective - To use inexpensive, homemade materials to explore sight, sound touch, hearing and taste.

Celebrate summer and the sense of taste with this cheerful cake from Casa Camacho!

Mama Jenn made extra big listening ears with her little ones.

The Magic Onions submitted activites that get all 5 senses involved in open ended play.

Spilling The Beans

Playing with Stones

Teaching Young Children submitted her post on teaching the sense of touch through a Mystery
Bag activity.

Annette at The Whipples submitted a fun idea for smell & sound containers. The idea is not on her blog, but is explained here. These are great fun for older children, even middle school age.

Objective: Children will guess what sound or smell is hiding in the canister.

~Film canisters (go to a photo developing place like a drugstore or WalMart and just ask for them! I have never been turned down).
Smell ideas: Play-doh, Vicks Vapor Rub,*Vanilla extract,*Root beer extract,*Lemon extract, *Cinnamon,Orange peel M&M’s

Place items in film canister. Use cotton balls on * items.

Sound ideas:Coins,Toothpicks, Rocks, Salt, Flour, Cotton Balls, Candy, Wooden Matchsticks

Instructions:Place items directly in film canisters. Test each item to make certain they are not overfilled. In a classroom setting you could have these in two separate boxes as part of your unit. In a small, personal setting you could even take children (and adults) outside at night to experience these. I would suggest numbering the lids and providing an answer key.

Looking ahead...
Picnic Table Talk this week will be VACATIONS!

What is your favorite place to vacation?
Where is the best place you've vacationed with children?
Where will you/have you vacationed this summer?

Get ready to link up and tell us all about it!


  1. Great ideas! My girls love their sand & water table so I could definitely use that for a "sense" idea!

  2. Awww, I just did a Muffin Tin Monday meal to submit for this theme and you've posted already! :-) It's on my blog though, if anyone's interested.

  3. Do they have listening ears that I can permanently attach? Just joking! Sort of :-)

    All great ideas! Thanks.

  4. Thanks for including me! They are all great ideas!

  5. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  6. Thanks for the great links - my son and I are going to have some fun in days to come I think.