popular topics in five senses

  • School and Learning
    Sound
    What Did You Say?
    What Did You Say? Activity for an individual child Age group: 30-40 months Duration of activity: 15 minutes Enhance your child's listening skills and auditory discrimination with this silly activity. Review a picture book or magazine with your c...
  • School and Learning
    Touch
    Fun Walk
    Fun Walk Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Children of all ages will want to try this activity. What other surfaces can you think of to include? Tape a strip of clear contact paper onto the...
  • School and Learning
    Touch
    Sensory Bottles
    Sensory Bottles Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 1 or more 20-ounce soda bottles Water Liquid dish detergent, or Cooking oil and food coloring, or Light corn syrup or clear sham...
  • School and Learning
    Touch
    Sensory Bottles
    Sensory Bottles Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: 1 or more 20-ounce soda bottles Water Liquid dish detergent, or Cooking oil and food coloring, or Light corn syrup or clear sham...
  • School and Learning
    Touch
    Squishy Bags
    Squishy Bags Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Materials: Sensory materials, such as mud, pudding, or hair gel 2 zip-close freezer bags Super-strength glue Here is the answer if you want to...
  • School and Learning
    Smell
    Scent Safari
    Scent Safari Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 20 minutes Keep safety in mind while you do this activity with your child. If you use any cleaning, cosmetic, or toxic products, be sure to reinforce the...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    The Using Your Senses Game
    The Using Your Senses GameHere's an idea to help junior sleuths use their senses for investigation. 1. Collect a varitey of substances to smell in small jars or ziplock bags. Try cinnamon, pepper, soap, or crayons. 2. Put a number on each bag. 3...
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  • School and Learning
    Touch
    Feely Box
    Feely BoxMaterials Large cloth bag or pillowcase Assortment of toy animals and familiar objects Rubber band Directions Without your child watching, choose three or four toys or objects that belong to her (for example, a hairbrush, teddy bear, s...
  • School and Learning
    Sound
    Listen to the World
    Listen to the WorldDirections This activity can be done inside or outside. Sit beside your child or back-to-back, and close your eyes. Concentrate on listening to all the sounds around you. Listen to the world. Is the refrigerator humming, a plan...
  • School and Learning
    Taste
    Taste and Tell
    Taste and TellMaterials Foods with a variety of tastes—sweet, salty, sour, bland, syrupy, sharp, bitter, rich, and tasteless Directions The purpose of this activity is to make your child more aware of the sense of taste. Gather a variety of food...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Blindfold Painting
    Blindfold PaintingTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials White paperBlindfoldPaintbrushTempera paint Directions This activity challenges your child to think in new ways and explore new feelings. Feel the paper to get a clear understanding of where the p...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Guessing Games
    Sound Quiz
    Sound QuizMaterials Tape recorder Blank cassette tape Directions Go around your house, yard, school, and neighborhood listening for interesting sounds. Tape sounds, leaving about ten seconds of blank tape between sounds. Make sure you make a list...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Early Learning Activities
    Find the Sound
    Find the SoundTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials Masking tape3 small empty milk cartons2 kinds of colored contact paper Bell Directions This is a decision game that your baby will love. Put the bell into a carton and seal all 3 cartons securely with...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Science Activities
    Ocean Sounds
    Ocean SoundsTime 5 to 10 minutes Materials GlassWater Directions Sound waves can mimic the sounds of the ocean. Fill the glass halfway with water and hold it to your child's ear to "hear" the ocean. This happens because the water movement on the...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Clothespin Drop
    Clothespin DropMaterials Clean plastic milk jug with lid (1/2-gallon or 1-gallon size) 6--8 clothespins Directions Put the clothespins in the jug and screw on the lid. Your toddler will enjoy shaking the jug with the clothespins inside. Show her ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
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  • Entertainment and Activities
    Drawing and Painting
    Blindfold Painting
    Blindfold PaintingTime 20 to 30 minutes Materials White paperBlindfoldPaintbrushTempera paint Directions This activity challenges your child to think in new ways and explore new feelings. Feel the paper to get a clear understanding of where the p...