Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Learning About Our 5 Senses

I pick up so many great things at yard sales.  My most recent find was the book, My Five Senses by Aliki, snatched it up for .25 cents!  I had been wanting to teach Tiffany about the 5 senses and thought this book would be a good start. After not being able to get the book from our local library I was really excited with my find!

We read the book before we even got out of the car after the yard sale!  We both really enjoyed it and I was even more motivated by Tiffany's positive response to get started with our 5 senses activity.  I had a few ideas on how to do this activity and finally opted with using poster board to make a kind of graph.  Here's what we used:
  • Poster board
  • Photos found online
  • Laminator
  • Glue
  • Permanent marker
  • Stickers
First, I started off by gluing photos that signify our 5 senses; hand, nose, mouth, eyes and ears.  I glued them across the top of the poster board.  To separate each sense I drew lines going down so that each one had it's own column.

Next, with more photos found online, I printed and laminated different things.  I used clouds, drums, books, ice-cream, feathers and flowers.  I put these photos into a basket to use for when we were ready to play.

Because I also wanted my daughter to physically touch, see, hear, taste and smell I collected some things from around the house and put them in a bag to include with our lesson.

Now we were all ready!  We used the laminated photos first and as we took them from the basket I asked Tiffany which sense she would use for each.  She then took some small round stickers and put the sticker under the correct sense.  The reason for this part was to chart which sense we use most often.  Once we were finished with the laminated photos I brought out the bag of things I collected.  She pulled one item  out at a time and used the same process as above.  The only difference with this part was that she physically got to use her senses.

Once finished she counted each sticker and wrote the number at the bottom of the chart.  From this activity we learned that the sense of sight was used most often.

When we were all done we read the book, My Five Senses again and hung up our chart, which she was very proud of!!

Learning about our 5 senses doesn't stop here.  We continue to talk about which senses we are using like for example when we are taking a walk or when we are eating, etc.

If you would like to introduce your child to their senses simply talking about them on a daily basis will be a great way to start!


  1. Love this idea, it's great how much inspiration you can get from one book! Thanks for sharing on #OurSundayStorybook :)

  2. This is a really wonderful activity, I'd like to try it with my son too! #pintorials

  3. Lovely idea and a fun way to learn about senses #Pintorials

  4. such a great ideas! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials

  5. This is a great idea! We are going to try it! Pinned it and thanks for sharing!

  6. Love the chart! It reminds me of activities I used to do with my kids when I was doing Montessori preschool stuff with them.

    I'm pinning this to my preschool learning board.

  7. Such a fun learning activity for little ones! Thank you for sharing it on our FB page!

  8. You always have such great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing at the #LovetoLearnLinky Party. Please come party with us again this Thursday! :)

  9. Oh Susen! I am going to steal this idea so I can work with my Tot. I have been wanting to really get into identifying her 5 senses and this is going to be a hit with her.

  10. What fun!! We took a parent/child class on using our senses to notice the signs of spring when my daughter was younger. It was a great way to learn about the senses as well as spring. Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Thanks, Carrie! We had alot of fun with this one!!

  11. Brilliant idea!

    Thanks for joining in with this week's parenting pin it party!

  12. I wanted to drop by and say thanks for visiting the Mommy Needs a Timeout and linking this post with us last week. We're doing it again on Wed. at 8pm Eastern--we'd love it if you drop by again! Find us at