You can do this theme the following
days after introducing the body.
The senses are a very important part of any person (or animal). Most people can (1) touch; (2) hear; (3) see; (4) smell, and (5) taste. There are many activities you can do with the five senses. You can choose any game that uses the senses or use the ones listed on this page. Make different Musical Instrument Crafts (drums, finger cymbals, shakers, tambourine, and trombone). Play them. Which senses are you using?Five Senses
Sense #1: Touch
(Somatosensation): The Hands
Act out the following action verse using your hands. Ask you children/students, what other body part opens and shuts? (Your eyes.) Do the verse with your eyes.
Open, Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.
Hands-on Senses Activities
Have different objects and have the children feel different textures. For example: two or more objects that are: rough, smooth, bumpy, sticky, slippery.
Rough (bumpy): sand paper, rocks, coins, wall or door, etc.
Smooth: rock, door, taffeta fabric, counter top, etc.
Sticky: tape, stickers, etc.
Slippery: Place a little bit of oil on a plate, etc.
Make one hole big enough to fit your hand through a narrow box and to the other side. Place different objects in a small container (e.g. noodles, etc.). Place in an empty tissue box or small box to fit the container. Have the child feel what it is and tell you what they think it is.
Place various objects in different lunch sized paper bags. For example, orange, apple, lemon, shoe, coin, facial tissue paper, etc. Have the child feel what it is and tell you what they think it is.
Place different objects in a container (e.g. rice, beans, sand, etc.). Fill it with your hands.
Some fabrics have different textures (depending which way you move your hand across it). For: smooth or ripped: corduroy fabric; and smooth or rough: velvet.
Purchase various types of fabric. Let the child feel the fabric.
-Take off your shoes or place your hands in the following objects (mud, sand, rocks, rice, beans, etc.)
Arts & Crafts
Use sponges, fingers, cotton swaps, different types of cooked noodles, etc. to make a painting using paint, finger paint (or corn syrup finger paint), etc. (Feeling and Seeing Senses)
Make hand and/or finger prints using paint.
Walk through mud or stick your bare feet into paint. Place
your feet onto a large piece of paper.
Other Touch Activities
Neouroscience for Kids - Touch Experiments (K-12)
Duck, Duck, Goose
See Shadow Tag.
Sense #2: Hearing (Audition):
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? or in Spanish Oso Polar, Oso Polar, Que Es Ese Ruido by Bill Martin Jr.
Music & Crafts
Make different Musical Instrument Crafts (drums, finger cymbals, shakers, tambourine, and trombone). Play them.
Your Ears Hang Low @ NIEHS (words and music)
KIDiddles.com - Do Your Ears Hang Low (words only)
Sound Guessing Game
Have your children close their eyes. Have them guess what you were doing. Have them have a turn being the leader. Examples: Snap your fingers, clap your hands, whistle, stump your feet, hit a table or chair, turn a lamb on or off, type on the computer, play with blocks, turn the water on, crumble or rustle paper, open a door or cabinet, etc. You can also place something in a closed container and shake it. Have them guess what’s in the container. You could place rice or other things in it.
Green Light Game and Prop
Sense #3: Sight/Seeing (Vision) - The Eyes / Eye Theme
Hide and Seek
Have one person (or more) hide and be quiet while hiding. The other person(s) need to cover their eyes, count to 10, say "Ready or not, here I come!", and then go find the person. Once the person has been found, someone else hides.
Follow the Leader
Have the child do the actions of another child or you. For example, clap your hands, stomp your feet, etc.
Music & Activity
LDS Church Music: "Do As I'm Doing" Have the child do the actions that you or another child does. Listen to what the words say to do ("high or low", "fast or slow").
Discuss the opposites: long and short and show examples with the shadows. Now, have each child pair up into partners and they can chase their partners shadow. When they have caught their partners shadow, they step on their partners shadow and they can say, "I got it", "I got your shadow", "You're it!", "You're turn!", etc.) Let the next partner do it.
Have the children make different animals or shapes (or just move their hands around). Have them make their shadows between a lamp and a light colored wall (or door) or outside.
To make a butterfly by placing their thumbs together and move
their other fingers like the wings of a butterfly. (Younger
children may not understand how to do it so let them do it however
they like. It may not look like a butterfly to you but
it is to them.
Ashley's Hand Shadows
Snail, Panther, Dog, Turkey, Goose, Bird, Cardinal, Rabbit, and Kangaroo
- Hand shadows @ The Bill Douglas Centre
Spider, bull, rooster, elephant, American Indian
Painting (See above.)
2 pieces of 4 1/2 x 6 inches construction paper (or just use the toilet paper rolls)
2 empty toilet paper rolls
If using construction paper, glue or tape them onto each toilet paper rolls. Staple them together at both ends and in the middle. Decorate. Look through your binoculars inside or outside.
Make a camera using a small rectangular box or small animal cracker box. For the lens, glue a piece of felt, fabric, or cardboard on the front center of the box. You can even use a lid from a plastic milk container (you will need to use a glue that will hold.) For the button, glue on the top right hand side a small round sew-on velcro or a piece of cloth. For the eyepiece, cut a hole (big enough to see through) from a Pop Tart or from another piece of cardboard. Tape this to the top left hand side of the box where the tap is. Tape the openings of the box so it is more stable. Let the glue dry. If you want, you can have your children color their camera. Have your children have fun by pretending to take pictures.
Green Light Game and Prop
Sense #4: Smelling (Olfaction) - The Nose
Smell different types of food, extracts, candy, products, etc.
You can place them inside a small paper bag and have the children guess what it is.
Sense #5: Tasting
(Gustation) - The Mouth
Place edible cooking products into a small container.
Place some onto the childs hand. Have the child taste
it and tell which one it is. For example, cinnamon and cocoa
powder, sugar and salt, etc.
Cut up foods that look similar. For example, a pear and an apple. Have the child taste it, and tell you what he/she thinks it is. Discuss how they taste.
Place different foods into a paper bag. Have the child close
his/her eyes, take it out of the bag, taste it, and tell you what
he/she thinks it is.
Smelling and Taste sense can be combined together. You can
have the child smell different foods, extracts, candy and then
taste the food.
You can make different food items or snacks. For example,
go to: The
ABC's of Snacking, Food Theme,
or any of my recipe pages (The Pratt Family
Cookbook or Dairy-Free
Cookbook) for ideas to help explore "The Five Senses".
Math and Hand & Eye Coordination Activities
Pasta Necklace or
Tape the ends of a piece of yarn (or use a plastic needle). Use uncolored pasta or colored pasta that has a large opening. (For pre-schoolers, use pasta with a very large opening.) Math: Make a pattern using different colored pastas. Tie the ends off.
Also, you can use these tipped lacing cords:
All My Senses Activity
Edible Necklace or
A quick and fun snack that involves all of the five senses is making an edible necklace or bracelet. This can also lead into a math lesson of patterns.
Tape the ends of a piece of yarn or use a plastic needle
(especially for pre-schoolers). Also, you can use Colorations
Colored Pipe Cleaners (ages 4+) and make a braclet
instead (great for preschoolers). (Be careful with the metal
ends.) Have the child place ring cold cereal onto it.
Math: Make a pattern using different colored cereals. For
the yarn: tie the ends off. For the pipe cleaner: trim, wrap
it around the ends, and tape together (so the metal part does not
hurt the child). Enjoy.
Note: Check for food restrictions.
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