The Sense of Smell
We are right in the middle of an All About Me unit, and we are having a blast exploring the five senses. Today we are going to focus on the sense of smell. I set up a fun and simple game for the boys to play, although J-Bug (3) chose not to participate. I put six edible elements in small containers for JZ (5) to smell while wearing a blindfold. I specifically chose food and spices with strong aromas. I used a lemon slice, coffee grounds, black pepper, onions, cilantro and cinnamon.
JZ was too excited to describe. He is the kind of kid who likes to know every detail before beginning a game or project, so this one really took him out of his comfort zone. Usually he looks every single item over before joining in an activity, but for this smell test he couldn't see the elements ahead of time.
Despite the fact that this took him out of his comfort zone, JZ had a huge grin on his face the entire time he was blindfolded. His smile managed to grow even bigger each time he realized what he was smelling. He only missed one, the cilantro. Once the blindfold was off he instantly reached for the cilantro to see what it looked like.
We talked about how when we lose one or more of our senses the others are heightened. Even though he couldn't see with the blindfold on, he was easily able to smell the contents of each container.
He smelled everything again once he could see.
He also tasted everything and insisted that I taste everything. I was surprised when he bit into an onion. He hates them.
We talked about how God created us wonderfully and how He carefully designed each of our senses to work together. I pointed out how even though he could smell everything he couldn't see that the onion was white or that the cinnamon was finely ground. As he was touching everything we took the conversation further and described the texture and feel of each item. We also talked about how important the sense of sight is. JZ could visualize the lemon, coffee, cinnamon, pepper and onions as soon as he smelled them. He could get a picture in his head of the cilantro and wasn't able to fully discover it until the blindfold came off.
For more ideas to learn about the senses, be sure to read our post about Exploring Our Senses through Fruits and Vegetables.