It Smells

This week we learned about our five senses. Over the entire week, the kids got to look for treasures in sand; sort objects that make loud sounds and quiet sounds; taste things that are salty, sweet, juicy, sour, and crunchy; touch things that are smooth, soft, scratchy, rough, and hard; and smell things that smell good and bad.

I’m going to focus on a few lessons we did for smell and talk about the conversation the kids and I had during the learning process.

To introduce smell, we investigated smelling different smells and tried to identify what the smell was and made a decision if we liked that smell or not. For this activity, I poured some different liquids on cotton balls and put them in labeled bags. The liquids I used were lemon juice, almond extract, vanilla extract, vinegar, perfume, and olive oil.

We passed around the bags, one at a time, and decided whether we liked the smell or disliked the smell. Every student got to make their own decision. I asked, “Why do some people like the smell and others don’t?” They didn’t have an answer for me, but the question got them thinking. One of the students asked, “How did you get the smells in the bag?” I explained to them how I did it.

One of my favorite things about investigation stations is the questions the students ask. They are so inquisitive and want to know how things work. It’s part of the learning process. I feel that students learn more when they ask questions and explore to find answers.

The next activity we did was a ‘make and play’ craft. The students decorated a flower, then painted it with a scented flavored gelatin mixture.

They asked questions like, “How did you get the paint to smell good?” I had to explain that it was food.

I love the cards Mother Goose Time sends for each art activity. They have questions for parents to ask so their child can explain more of what they learned that day and to also continue the learning at home. The question on today’s cards asked, “How did you make your flower smell? What is your favorite smell?”

We had a fun day exploring our sense of smell.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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