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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!

Easter sense of smell activityFor some smelly fun, I put a few different spices and things in some plastic Easter eggs and let Little Sister smell. We had cinnamon, chocolate, grass, mint tea, dirt, and soap. Although she could see the items she did not know what some of them were by looking. It was lots of fun for her to wrinkle her nose and sniff.

Surprisingly, chocolate wasn’t the one she liked the most, although it smelled “Yummy”. Cinnamon got two and smelled “Yummy, yummy”. As she smelled and sniffed, we talked about the experience, and if she liked a smell or not. When asked about the mint tea, she thought it smelled brown.

Noses are not the only part of the body used in the sense of smell, brains are involved in the process. Smells may trigger particular memories, but since the nose can recognize about 10,000 different scents, the sense of smell takes up quite a chunk of memory space. Smells may also be linked to emotions.Easter sense of smell activity

We put a few drops of orange oil in the diffuser and Little Sister went right up close to smell. Then, she found an empty plastic bottle in the cupboard and we pretended it smelled terrible or yummy, and made appropriate faces.

Easter sense of smell activitySmells can be lots of fun and Easter has some special ones, especially chocolate. It’s too bad the early flowers like tulips and daffodils have no wonderful smells, but there’s green grass and mint, and of course yummy things to eat. What do you and your child like to smell at Easter?

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