5 Senses: Matching Scents Activity

On Friday we revisited an activity that we’ve done a number of times before, making pairs of scents and trying to find the match.

To set up for this activity, I taped a piece of paper with matching symbols on sets of 2 Q-tips. Then I dipped the Q-tips into various liquids (vinegar, vanilla, fish sauce, almond extract, and lemon juice).  You can also do this with a cotton ball placed in a small jar.

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Each of us took turns being blind folded and trying to find the scents that matched.

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All of us were able to find the match to the fish sauce. We had varying degrees of success with the other pairs. I did miserably getting everything else wrong! DD and LD did pretty well matching 3 or 4 scents. (They tried it more than once.) I think there was a bit of ‘cheating’ going on when ED turned the Q-tips round and wound up matching everything correctly!  Guess her sense of sight is working perfectly too! :)

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See how this fits into ED’s preschool science by clicking here: Life Science Plans K4

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We read the 5-Senses from the Series Read and Learn About Science (affiliate link) We have at least a dozen of the books in that series!

5-Senses-Read-and-Find-OurAnd we also watched the Magic School Bus episode.  There is a Magic School Bus book on the 5 Senses too: The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses. (affiliate link)

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So there you have it! A quick 20-minute activity and the kids sure enjoyed it!

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