Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching — help you notice the world around you. Senses are pretty powerful! You use your eyes to see, your ears to hear, your nose to smell, your tongue to taste, and your skin to feel. In our five senses unit, the big question to explore was: How do senses help in experiencing and understanding the world around you?
Hands-On Projects for Kids:
We had a wide variety of hands-on activities and experiments for each sense. But we also realized that each sense could be a week’s worth of activities all by itself.
● Taste ( five flavors, tongue mapping, and taste tests)
● Smell ( artificial scents vs. natural scents, scented playdough)
● Touch ( feeling, texture table, Braille, texture collages)
● Sight / Vision (visual gradients, thaumatropes, camouflage scavenger hunt)
● Hearing (musical instrument petting zoo, make shaker eggs, what’s that sound game)
Obstacle courses are an excellent way for children to move about, exert energy, and keep the brain and body active. But that’s not all. Each child has their own way of moving from one obstacle to the next, making way for a lot of open-ended play too! A good obstacle course was designed by our teachers of PP, keeping this in mind.
Children enjoyed the exciting events of all the hands-on experiences of the senses.