When you are putting together activities for your preschoolers, how can you make them a multi-sensory experience? How can you add activities using the the five senses to your everyday life, at home and at school?
Using our five senses strengthens our everyday experiences. It helps us understand the world around us.
- What noises did you hear?
- What is it you saw?
- What did it smell like?
- Did you like the taste?
- How did it feel?
Think of this when you are planning activities for your preschoolers. It will make them much more meaningful, building cognitive skills. They will have a better understanding of the world around them.
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Activities Using the Five Senses
Sense of Touch
Most touch activities involve the hands and feet. Children learn how to communicate with others through touch. Engaging their hands builds their fine motor skills, helping them learn how to do more for themselves, such as writing their names and buttoning their coats.
2-Ingredient Goop (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Pom Pom Sensory Bin (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Working with Clay (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Touchy Feely Fun (Two Daloo)
Sense of Smell
As children are exposed to different smells, they learn more about our environment. They will be able to distinguish between good and bad smells, comfortable and uncomfortable smells.
Tea Bag Painting (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Lotion Smelling Sensory Activity (Hands On As We Grow)
Lavender Salt Sensory Bin (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Spice Painting (Mama Papa Bubba)
Sense of Sight
Sense of sight activities helps preschoolers learn about their eyes as they explore the world around them.
Baked Bead Sun Catchers (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Kid-Made Color Wheel (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Dying Rope (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Jello Vinegar Experiment (Fun A Day)
Sense of Sound
Indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities for preschools to engage their listening skills.
Magnets and Bells (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Sound and Listening Games (The Imagination Tree)
Rain Sticks (Happy Hooligans)
Exploring Sound: Making a Kazoo (Buggy and Buddy)
Sense of Taste
Many events in a child’s life involve food. Sense of taste activities teach preschoolers that the sense of taste and smell are connected.
Exploring the Sense of Taste (Teach Preschool)
Making and Tasting Applesauce (Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds)
Taste Exploration (Learn Play Imagine)
Edible Playdough Recipes (Kids Activities Blog)
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