Grade Level: Preschool to Kindergarten; Type: Human Anatomy
This project makes young children aware of their sense of smell and its ability to provide information about the world around them. (This makes a nice “smell” component in a larger project on the five senses.)
Can you match the smell with the thing?
- Several jars with tight-fitting lids
- Construction paper
- Pictures of all the things to smell
- Things to smell: a piece of onion, a peppermint, an orange wedge, a piece of banana, a rose (Change/expand on this list as you see fit.)
- Using the construction paper and tape, wrap each jar completely so that its contents are hidden.
- Put each of the things to smell into a jar.
- Lay out the pictures in front of the test subject.
- Blindfold the test subject. (Some children are uncomfortable with being blindfolded. In that case, just ask them to close their eyes.)
- Holding a jar in front of the blindfolded person, open the lid and let the person sniff its contents. Replace the lid.
- Remove the blindfold and have the child choose the picture that goes with the smell.
- Repeat steps 4 to 6 with the other jars.
Terms/Concepts: the five senses, sense of smell