My 5 Senses (Hands On Fun!)

5 Senses In The Classroom

One of my favorite topics to teach to my kindergarten class during our Human Body unit is our 5 senses. My kids absolutely love this topic. It is very easy to make it hands-on, which definitely holds their attention. Here are a few of the 5 senses activities that we completed this week. I hope you can use some of these ideas in your own classroom.

I filled balloons (deflated) with objects that I found in my kitchen. Some of the objects included beans, rice, raisins, and salt. We took turns passing around the balloons and used our sense of touch to figure out what was on the inside. We predicted what it was and drew it in the circles on our recording sheet. I then revealed what it actually was.
We made "telephones' using cups and string. We then stood far apart (making sure that the string was tight) and tested our telephones by whispering into one end and listening in the other. They were amazed. This was one of our sense of hearing activities.

We tasted our sense of smell by smelling "hidden smells." I placed peanut butter, chocolate, peppermints, and a pickle inside of 4 different cups. I put paper over the cups (foil would have been easier) and then I poked a hole in the top. My kids smelled what was in the cup and drew what they thought it was on the recording sheet. I then took off the paper and revealed what the smells actually were.

This was a fun activity that tested our sense of sight. I placed 8 objects on a tray. I let the students see the 8 objects for 30 seconds. I then hid the tray. The students tried to draw the objects that they remember were on the tray.

We made this flipbook when we were talking about our sense of taste. After tasting 4 foods (chocolate, pretzels, lemon juice, and grapefruit) the kids drew pictures of the foods beneath each flap of the book.

We created this 5 senses book. Students created a portrait of themselves out of construction paper and then labeled their senses on it. They then created a page for each of the 5 senses using cut outs that I had made.

We also tested our sense of hearing. I placed small objects in plastic Easter Eggs. The students then passed them around and shook them to see if they could use their sense of hearing to figure out what was inside. This was pretty tough so I had to show them one of each object so that they could match the object with the sound.

These activities all came out of my 5 Senses Activity Pack. Click the link below to get it.
 Thanks for looking!

Crystal McGinnis

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