I started this series of exploring five senses activities for kids outdoors a little while ago. Now that we have explored all five senses I thought I would write a post to neatly tie up the series.
Exploring the five senses is fun and important for kids to do. And it is interesting as an adult to watch wee ones explore each of their senses. Of course there are many ways to explore the senses, but since my kids love to be outside, we thought up creative ways for them to explore their sense of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch.
Five Senses Activities for Kids
Part. 1 We began the five senses series with exploring the sense of sight. By creating simple paper plate frames my kids were able to focus on smaller details in the environment. It was really interesting to look at things I had seen so many times in such detail! You can read the whole post right here: Sense of Sight
Part 2: Next we explored the sense of sound. There is always so much to listen to outside! Whether you are in the forest or in a backyard, it is amazing what you can hear when you truly stop and listen. We also made our own sounds – and lots of them! Here are the activities we did to explore the sense of sound.
Part 3: Then we explored the sense of taste. This was probably my favourite five senses activity of the whole series! I was taken way out of my comfort zone as we tasted things we found in the forest. You can read about this adventure, (and find a recipe for a tea that I bet you could make right now with a quick trip outside) right here: Exploring the Sense of Taste
Part 4: We put our noses to work outside with a simple twist on the game of hide and seek to explore the sense of taste. This one was lots of fun and had the whole family playing! Here is how we Explored the Sense of Smell outside.
Part 5: The last sense we explored in our five senses activities for kids was the sense of touch. This was such a simple activity but had huge learning benefits! We brought play dough outside and explored different textures and imprints. This is how we explored the Sense of Touch outside.
My kids really enjoyed simply and playfully learning about the five senses outside. And, truthfully, I had a lot of fun joining them! I find it very fascinating how different the same things can ‘look’ when you explore with different senses.
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