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Fall Sensory Play #3 – Sense of Smell

Using senses to explore the world stimulates brain development and early learning. Fall time has some special smells that will connect to children’s experiences and knowledge of fall. A few of the smells for this time of year could be apples, squash, corn, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, smokey bonfires and piles of leaves.

fall sense of smellThe sense of smell is somewhat different from the other senses. For sight, we can look at a beautiful view or a picture on the wall. For hearing, we can listen to music or singing. But there’s no sort of art-form for smell, no art gallery or concert hall for walking around and sniffing. Smell doesn’t happen by itself, it’s part of something else. That could be why smells are so often linked to emotions and why they take up some a large chunk of memory.  Did you know that humans can recognize about 10,000 different smells?

fall sense of smellFor a sense of smell play-of-the-day with your child, you could make a batch of playdough with some cinnamon. For a snack, some apple slices with a sprinkle of cinnamon are more than tasty, they even smell yummy. In the meantime, whenever it’s appropriate throughout the day, help your child notice the different smells. There will be many different smells from cooking and from the fridge. Dishwashing, hand, and laundry soaps will also have other scents. You might be able to go for a walk outside and sniff out fall. Some cities allow burning of fall leaves so there could be a smokey smell in the neighborhood.

What’s your favorite fall smell; maybe a pumpkin spice latte? Does your child have some special fall experiences connected to smell?

Easter Sense of Smell Activity

We all use our senses to interact with the world, but for children sensory experiences are critical for their early learning, brain development, and in only a few years, kindergarten readiness. It’s common knowledge that the sense of smell is very powerful and, apparently, babies can smell even before they are born! For some smellyContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Christmas Fun – Sense of Smell

Using the senses to explore and learn about the world is part of brain development and kindergarten readiness. As humans, we experience the world through our senses, so it’s important for kids to have lots of opportunities to use all their senses: taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch. When it comes to the sense ofContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness: Sensory Smelling Activity

Using the senses to explore information about the world is part of kindergarten readiness. Children build a background of experiences that they can use in new learning situations. Usually flowers have a lovely perfume. Even several sniffs of these flowers wouldn’t help. They look lovely but have no smell. Now this young girl has learnedContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Brains Are For Smelling

Earlier blog posts this month have included ways to develop children’s intelligence and kindergarten readiness in multiple areas. Because humans experience the world through their senses, it’s important to encourage sensory development for brain growth, too. Noses aren’t the only part of the body used for smelling, so are brains. Exploring the sense of smell therefore is an activityContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Holiday Learning Fun: Smell

This is the best time of the year for exploring the sense of smell. So much smells so good. While this may not seem like a readiness for kindergarten activity, before children go to school is the critical time for brain development. As kids learn about their senses they are growing their brains and making all kinds ofContinue Reading