Explore four of the five senses. Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us and explore sight, sound, smell and touch. Register today!
Cost: $2 per student
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
- sand or dirt
- Jell-O powder
- Ziploc bags
- Apply a thin layer of glue to the center of the index card.
- Sprinkle the powder or spice onto the glue.
- Repeat, putting a different powder or spice on each different index card.
- Let the cards dry overnight.
- Put the different cards into the Ziploc bags, so each student will have a variety of textures and scents to explore.
- 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.
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.