• STEM at Home

    Discover science and connect to the natural world while staying safe and healthy at home!

    Check out our virtual programming schedule and browse through our list of resources, activities, crafts, videos, and more to help continue to bring science into your world.

  • Summer 2021

    Let our in-person virtual distance learning programs and family experiences provide a COVID-safe educational experience for your school or community group! We have modified some of our most popular programs to address the health and safety of all our community. 

  • Field Trip

    More than 250 interactive science, technology, energy and health exhibits await students of all ages.  We’re experts at making sure that bringing your group to the Museum is smooth sailing all the way. Discounted admission for groups of 15 children or more!

  • ScienceWorks

    Your students become scientists during our ScienceWorks Labs. All programs align with National Science Education Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Common Core State Standards. Labs are available year-round for preschool to middle school students and are led by an instructor.

  • Outreach

    Our Outreach staff brings the Museum to you—at schools, libraries, community centers, and festivals—by delivering hands-on programming customized to your schedule and curriculum interests.

  • Distance Learning

    Experience live, interactive Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum programs right in your classroom! Our educators use videoconferencing technology to share science and math activities with your students, engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on learning experience.

  • Scouts

    The best place for Scouts to explore STEAM! 

  • Summer Camp

    Through the Unity in Learning partnership, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum now offer families incredible day camps at two fantastic locations in Ann Arbor and Belleville.

  • Birthday Parties

    Have a STEM-tastic birthday party with us at the museum! Join us on Saturdays as we help you and your guests celebrate your special day at the museum.

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All About Our Senses (Ages 3-5)

Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us as we explore sight, sound, smell and touch! Register today!

Cost: $4 per student

Preschool labs are booked for a minimum of 15 students with a minimum price of $60.

State of Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten, 2012

  • Children begin to develop skills of comparing and classifying objects, relationships and events in their environment. (HSCOP-M 3.2.1, 3.2.4, 3.3.2, 3.3.3)
  • Children show a beginning awareness of scientific knowledge related to living and nonliving things. (HSCOF 4.2.1, 4.2.2)

All About Our Senses Pre-visit Information

During Your Visit to the ScienceWorks Lab students will be expected to:

  • Sit in tables of 6 students and (at least) 1 adult
  • Be prepared to give their attention to the Lab instructors when requested to “Give Me Five"
  • Work cooperatively with one another at the table
  • Follow the hands-on procedures just as the Lab teacher or assistant explains them
  • Handle materials and equipment carefully

It is important that teachers and chaperones:

  • Help to focus the students’ attention
  • Assist students with the hands-on activities and experiments when necessary
  • Turn off cell phones and pagers during the class

All About Our Senses Post-visit Activity: Sensory Matching

Post-visit activities will help reiterate new concepts and tie the ScienceWorks Lab experience to your classroom curriculum. Below you will find a classroom activity and a list of suggested resources for further information. We hope that you enjoyed your field trip. Visit us again!

Introduction: What are our five senses? We use our nose for smelling, our eyes for seeing, our hands for touching, our ears for hearing, and sometimes, our tongue for tasting. This activity will let us use our sense of touch, sight, and smell as we make sensory cards.


  • index cards of any size or color
  • glue (preferably liquid, rather than glue sticks)
  • a variety of spices, powders, glitters etc. The following work well:
    • cocoa powder
    • cinnamon spice
    • mustard powder
    • salt
    • pepper
    • sand or dirt
    • Jell-O powder
    • sugar
    • glitter
  • Ziploc bags


  1. Apply a thin layer of glue to the center of the index card.
  2. Sprinkle the powder or spice onto the glue.
  3. Repeat, putting a different powder or spice on each different index card.
  4. Let the cards dry overnight.
  5. Put the different cards into the Ziploc bags, so each student will have a variety of textures and scents to explore.
  6. Distribute the bags to the students and encourage them to feel and smell the cards. Spices can be scratched like a scratch and sniff card to give off their scent.


As students look at, feel, and smell the different cards, encourage them to make observations using their senses. Cards can be matched and paired: the glitter and the salt are shiny, and I know this because I use my eyes to see; The cinnamon, the Jell-O, and the cocoa smell good, we know this because of our sense of smell; the sand and the pepper feel rough, I feel this with my hands.

Suggested Resources

Aliki. My Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1). New York: HarperCollins, 1989. Print.
Roca, Nuria. The 5 Senses (Let’s Learn About). Illus. Rosa M. Curto. Barron’s Educational Series, 2006. Print.


All About Our Senses (Ages 3-5)



30 minutes


20, 30, 60, 100

Natural Sciences

Still not sure we have the experience you want?

Visit unityinlearning.org to open a gateway to hands-on discovery, exploration of the natural world, and experiences that take flight.

Through the Unity in Learning partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On MuseumLeslie Science and Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum we provide over 100 different  programs at our facilities, on site at your location, or through interactive video conferencing.