Skilly Spark: Have you ever heard about the five senses that we have? Can you name one? We use our sense of smell when we smell a flower. We use our sense of taste when we eat something yummy or yucky. We use our sense of touch when we feel a pet’s soft, furry coat. So when do we use our sense of sound or hearing? What sense do we use when we see a beautiful sunset? Now let’s have some fun acting out our senses.
Adults, start by asking your preschooler to act out the sense of taste with these ideas: Nibble a pickle. Drink something sour. Taste a bowl of very hot soup.
Next, have your little one show you the sense of touch with these ideas: Pick up and hold a baby chick. Touch a hot iron. Feel an ice cube run down your back.
Then, act out the sense of hearing with these challenges: Hear a mosquito buzzing around when you are trying to sleep. Listen to someone next to you chew on a very crunchy snack. Notice your parent’s footsteps getting closer while you’re sneaking into the cookie jar.
For the sense of sight, have your preschooler act out these ideas: Find your cat with new baby kittens. Look in a bakery window that is full of delicious things to eat. See your younger sibling break your favorite toy.
Finally, try these ideas for the sense of smell. Smell a dead fish as you walk along the shore on a hot day. Smell a cake coming out of the oven. Take a deep breath of a bouquet of roses.
Keep the fun going
It’s your turn! What other ideas can you or your little one come up with to act out for each sense?