How to Teach the 5 Senses to Kids
5 Senses Book
Teach Children the Five Senses - Sight, Smell, Touch, Hear, Taste
We use our 5 senses in scientific observation. For this reason, most kindergarten students learn about the 5 senses. The sense of touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste are important to observing the world around us. Help children learn to discuss these senses as they document what they observe in the world.
Lesson Plans for Teaching the 5 Senses
Teach Kids about the Five Senses
Objective: The child will be able to identify each of the 5 senses and understand that each sense can be used alone or in combination with their other senses.
Ask the children if they know what part of their body they hear with? see with? smell with? taste with? and feel with? If they don't know, tell them the answer. Give them examples of things that you smell, like a flower, and say, "we smell a flower with our ____." Let the child fill in the blank. Repeat this activity giving examples for each of the 5 senses.
*Smell: Flowers, perfume, cookies baking, cinnamon (or other spices)
*Taste: Sour, sweet, salty or spicy foods: Chips, candy, honey, pickles, lemons, hot sauce
*Touch: Explore rough, smooth, soft, and hard textures with your hands
*Sight: Play "I Spy" and constantly reinforce the idea that the characteristics used to identify the objects are seen with they eyes, or sense of sight. (Have the child close their eyes and observe that their other senses are still working, but that they can no longer use sight.)
*Hearing: Make a book and paste pictures of loud, soft, high, and low sounds.
Each of the 5 senses has an individual lesson plan listed below, if the child is struggling to understand one of the 5 senses, you can follow the lesson for that sense, to ensure they understand it.
Specific Lessons for Each of the 5 Senses
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- Teaching Sense of Taste to Kids - Five Senses
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- Teaching Kids Sense of Sight - The Five Senses
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Books on the 5 Senses from Amazon
These children's books reinforce the observations of the 5 senses and help children understand that these senses can be used individually or together.
My Favorite Book to Teach the Five Senses to Kindergarten Students
This book is recommended as part of the K12 science curriculum for kindergarten. My boys loved it.
More About Teaching the Five Senses on YouTube - Educational Videos on the 5 senses
Excellent teaching videos about the 5 senses:
5 Senses of the Human Body for Kindergarten Students
Explore the 5 Senses with a Boy
TurtleDiary.com created this 5 sense video where the boy experiences the world with his 5 senses. He watches TV and sees rainbows with his eyes. He hears music and a ringing bell with his ears. He uses his nose to smell burning wood and a flower. He uses his tongue to taste food including a lemon (sour) and a candy (sweet). He uses his hands to feel a brush and cold ice.
Learn about the Five Senses
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