Friday, March 25, 2011

5 Senses

I love teaching about the 5 senses!  There are so many things you can do with this theme!  Here is a break down of some of our activities:

Sight: 
  • Homemade paper tube binoculars.  Such an simple craft that they will go nuts for!  We played I Spy, searched for letters and we even went on a pretend safari.  
  • Building block towers with a blindfold.  I wish I could say something about this...but we ran out of time and didn't get to it.  Sounds like it would be fun though, right?
Touch:
  • Slime.  Enough said.
 
  • Feely box or bag. Hide familiar and if you want to challenge, not so familiar objects in a box or bag.  Children stick their hand inside and feel to guess the object.
  • Talk about how different materials feel. Gather materials such as, felt, cotton balls, sandpaper, wood, vinyl etc.
Hear:
  • Musical Instruments!  Yay! What a noisy day this was!!  
  • We made these great looking guitars.  Rolled paint inside a shoe box lid, added rubber bands (make sure they are big enough) and then added a paint stir stick for a handle (the picture doesn't show those added on).
**Notice the box on the left. It is bending because the box was weak and the rubber bands were too small.**

  • I had the children close their eyes as I played an instrument which they had to guess.  
  • Hearing collage (again, ran out of time for this one): Cut items that have sounds out of magazines.  Ask them what sound something makes, have them mimic the sound, where do they hear that sound, etc.
Smell:
  • The ever so popular smell test.  Capture random smells in film canisters, baby food jars etc and poke holes on the tops.  Examples of great smells: coffee, perfume, extracts (peppermint, vanilla), cinnamon, cloves, cedar.
  • Smelly flowers: Make flowers by using paper cupcake liners (pedals), cotton ball (middle of flower) and either paper/straws/pipe cleaners, etc for stems.  You can drop scented oils or spray perfume on the cotton balls to make them smell pretty (or not so pretty, depending on your choice of spritz). :)
Taste:
  • MY FAVORITE DAY!!  We read the story Stone Soup.  Earlier in the week I had given a note out to the families to bring in a certain veggie.  We gathered our veggies, cut them, tasted them and then we added them to a pot with water and a stone.  We also threw in some dried onions, chicken bouillon and spices.  It was a delicious snack!  The best part was discussing the moral of the story.  The meaning of true happiness doesn't come from toys, but giving and kindness. :)  What a great way to end the week!
The soup got a thumbs up from the children, the families and the office staff!
 
 

7 comments:

  1. How lucky are we to have you in the lifes of our children.Now My future garden has grow :)

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  2. That slime looks slimy!! LOL!

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  3. I do home daycare and I love your site. Fun ideas and so simple. I have never made stone soup but I am very anxious to try it with the kids. Sounds like a lot fun. Thanks,
    Angela
    http://www.daycareheadquarters.com

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  4. Thanks, Carmen! :) I should say the same to you. :)

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  5. These are great ideas for the five senses. I like teaching about the five senses as well. I've linked up to your post here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-favorites-for-march-27-2011.html
    I just found your blog and look forward to reading your other posts.

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  6. Great ideas! I'm sharing this with my neighbor who runs a preschool!

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  7. This is really great post with lots of good ideas! Jessi, I would love to invite you to participate in our weekly linky at http://best-toys-for-toddler.blogspot.com/ All your ideas that can be applied to kids age 2-4 are more than welcome :)

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