Teach kids more about the wonders of the human body with these 16 fun art and group five senses activities. Teach the five senses to kids and you not only encourage learning about touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing but are also enhancing the 5 senses in children so that they can appreciate more of their environment and see the bigger picture.
1. Sense Samples: Allow the children to collect things that they can include in a book of sense samples. They should try to include at least three items for each sense, including duplicates, and write a short intro for each.
Sense stations are perfect for letting your kids come up and practice using their senses.
2. Touch Sensation: Set up a table of objects related to touch. Your kids can then play with the objects and discuss how they made their ability to touch better or worse, and were any textures odd, funny, hot, cold, etc. Objects can include: a variety of fabrics, Velcro, sand, fur, slime, reflexology slippers, electric shock buzzers (the safe ones!), and feathers.
3. Sight Sensation: Set up a table of objects related to sight. Your kids can then play with the objects and then discuss how they made their sight better, worse, odd, colorful, etc. Objects can include: reading glasses, binoculars, magnifying glass, colored glasses, kaleidoscopes, goggles, sunglasses, 3D glasses, telescopes, and microscopes.
4. Smell Sensation: Set up a table of objects related to smell. Your kids can then play with the objects and then discuss how they made their ability to smell better or worse, and were any smells odd, nice, horrible, etc. Objects can include: scented candles, perfumes, aftershaves, deodorants, cooking herbs, spices, fruits, nose plugs, and nasal strips.
5. Taste Sensation: Set up a table of objects related to taste. Your kids can then play with the objects and discuss how they made their ability to taste better or worse, and were any tastes odd, disgusting, delicious, etc. Objects can include: citrus fruits, water, sorbet, flavored teas, mint leaves, edible flowers, chewing gum, nuts and seeds, and chopsticks.
6. Sound Sensation: Set up a table of objects related to sound. Your kids can then play with the objects and then discuss how they made their ability to hear better or worse, and were any sounds odd, loud, similar, etc. Objects can include: musical instruments, voice changers, tuning forks, bells, ear plugs, ear muffs, hearing aids, headphones, drums, and voice recorders.
Art for the Senses
Create great arts and crafts during five senses education with a cool sense-enhancing twist.
7. Art in 4D: Teach your kids how to write their names in 3D letters on poster paper. When they have finished the outline, they will spread glue on the front of the letters and pour glitter to stick to the glue. Shake off excess glitter and leave to dry. When dry, spread glue on the sides of the 3D letters and pour sand to stick to the glue. Shake off excess sand, leave to dry, and hang on the wall.
8. Space Night: Hand out poster paper and glow in the dark florescent pens. The kids will design a cool space poster with stars, planets, and space rockets that they can take home and hang on their wall. Then, at bedtime, the poster will glow after lights out.
9. Art to be Sniffed at: During painting activities or art class, invite your young artists to experiment with smells by mixing paint with scented oils, citrus juices, spices, cinnamon, herbs, and mint leaves to end up with a masterpiece that attracts their sense of smell as well as sight.
10. Meal Montage: Hand out cooking magazines and supermarket brochures. Now instruct your class to find, cut out, and stick food items they believe should be grouped together; not by color but by taste and/or texture. Their artwork can be of all one taste/texture or arranged in sections.
11. Wind Chimes: Ask your children to collect at least 10 shells on a trip to the beach. In class, make a small spiral out of bent pipe cleaners of coat hanger and attach 10 equal lengths of string at various parts of the spiral. Now tie the other end of the string to the shells. Their wind chimes are now ready to hang at home and will make a fun sound when the wind blows.
A: Between you and me, something smells!
Your kids can build better teamwork skills while developing their sense of sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
12. Archaeologists: Split the class into two teams and place a box of sand in front of each team. Show the teams five small coins and one coin slightly larger than the rest. Now hide the coins in the sand box and mix the sand with your hands so that the coins end up in random places. Repeat the coin placement and mixing in the other team’s sand box. When you say ‘Go’, one member of each team tries to find the special big coin by feel alone and pull it out. If they pull out a small coin, they are out. First to find the big coin earns a point and play repeats with the next players.
13. Unseen Team: Split the class into two teams and blindfold all students. Now line them up in single file with the first two players facing each other. The first two players step forward and feel each other’s faces and try to guess who that person is. Points are awarded for correct answers and an extra point for the first to guess correctly.
14. Rank Rotten: Collect a bunch of stinky items like muddy water, Brussels sprouts, smelly socks, cabbage, garlic, vinegar, old rags, and other smelly ingredients. Split the class into groups and let the kids select up to 5 items from the table to make the stinkiest concoction possible. Give the teams a wooden spoon, a pot, and some gloves to protect their hands.
15. Bean Battle: Find as many weird and wonderful flavors of jelly beans from a candy store as you can and bring to class. Split the class into two teams for a taste battle. One by one, select a member from each team to taste a jelly bean and guess the flavor in just one guess. No need to blindfold because the color may not necessarily represent the actual flavor. Correct answers earn a point.
16. Howl and Boo Who: Armed with a voice recorder, record each student making spooky noises to play during classroom Halloween activities for kids. It’s okay if other students listen but remember to name the files using the children’s names. Then, split the class into two teams at the Halloween party and play the sound files. The teams take turns trying to guess which student is making the sound.