Five Senses Curriculum: Taste

Activity 1: Snow cones:

  1. Bring in a ice shaver machine where children turn the dial to shave the ice. Have ice premade
  2. have children turn the lever at the top I usually have them work in groups of two one child turns the lever while another child holds the machine.
  3. Children pour a little juice on their cup of ice

Activity 2: Make Popcorn:

  1. use an air popper
  2. listen to the sound of the popping
  3. smell the scent of the popcorn cooking
  4. see the popcorn kernels come flying out
  5. feel the fluffy popcorn
  6. taste yummy popcorn

Activity 3: Taste Collage

Explain it is only okay this time to eat the paint and the art because you are using special paint and glue

  1. Jello (unmade just powder) 2 or more colors
  2. paper
  3. powder sugar and water- stir together to create a thin glue texture (this will be your glue)

1. Put dry jello in jars with shakers on top like a salt shaker container

2. Give each child an individual small bowl/cup of “glue” . They can use their fingers to spread it on their paper

3. Let the children shake the jello onto the “Glued” paper

Activity 4: Make your Own Trail Mix
baggies, bowls, spoons, items like raisins, plain granola, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, cheerios, etc
1. The child is allowed to take one spoonful from each bowl of their choosing and place it into their labeled baggy
2. close the baggy shake it all up and then enjoy

Activity 5: Taste Test
Chart,Sour- lemon, salty-pretzel, Bitter- dark chocolate, sweet-strawberry
1. Have children try a food from each category
2. chart their preferences did they like each item. graph the likes and dislikes for each item

Five Senses Curriculum: Sight

Activity 1: What Do I see?

Purpose to aid in sight skills and language development.

  1. This game is played by asking a child to describe the characteristics of an object in the room.  Such as I spy with my little eye….

2.  the other children can guess  the name of the object

ex. What has two hands, black numbers, and is big and round. Answer: Clock

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Activity 2: Whats Missing

  1. Put 5 objects on a tray
  2. . tell the children to look at the objects and name them
  3.  remove the tray and take off one object from the tray while the children close their eyes.
  4.  put the tray in front of the children and see if they can guess which object is missing
  5. When this gets to easy for the children increase the number of objects on the tray.
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Activity 3:  Can you Follow Me?

    1. Start by making a motion like clapping hands.
    2. have children imitate action
    3. change action to something else like stomping feet
    4. have children imitate this action
    5. continue changing actions every minute without using words. You change the children should catch on and imitate each action with you without words
    6. Children are relying on their observation to change each action in accordance with the teachers actions.
    7. Let the children start leading in the actions and you and the other children follow.

Activity 4: Make Sensory Bottles
Discovery Bottle

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Mega Blocks at the Sensory Table

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We added Mega Blocks to the Sensory table and the kids loved it. They built boats and they used the blocks to pour water from one area to the next.
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Using the Mega Blocks and adding building to our sensory table was a fun change and the kids had a blast. We will definitely be adding megablocks, duplo’s and lego again.
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We did try having the kids build under water to make it a different experience which was fun too. They built submarines for a while.
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Dinosaur Sensory Bins

Dinosaur Fossil Excavation

IMG_20160331_102023404We bought super fine play sand click the link to see which we bought. We aslo purchased these Ancient Fossils but you can also make your own like I did here when we made our own fossils.

IMG_20160331_102030477Then we added paint brushes buried the ancient fossils and let the kids excavate.

IMG_20160331_102236926They loved discovering the buried fossils.

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IMG_20160331_102335271We ended up adding some glass beads as well for added texture and fun.

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IMG_20160331_102810799We used our Moon Sand Recipe here with a cocoa variation

IMG_20160331_104456212In this table we used the Prehistoric Mammals skulls.

IMG_20160331_104500045We set out molds and also showed how you can pack the moon sand around a skull

IMG_20160331_104511669Then break it open and find what you are looking for prehistoric fossils

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IMG_20160331_104529618This table is a favorite!

IMG_20160331_104532878The table below is very similar to the first table except we used thicker sand from our sand box. We definitely prefer the finer sand we used up above for the sensory table excavation. But if you forgot to go buy the nicer sand improvise with what you have!


Materials Needed:
Play Sand
Dino Skulls from Safari LTD
Paint Brushes

Let the children excavate the dinosaur skulls with their brushes. They can gently rush away the sand to uncover the fossils hidden below.

Here are the dino skulls they are looking for
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Yookidoo® Musical Duck Race our new favorite Water Table Toy

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We love water play at our house and the Yookidoo® Musical Duck Race toy takes it to a whole new level! We do ahave a very shallow tub and my kids like the water level very high so we did have some water getting out of the tub issues with this toy. So….
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We decided to take it outside and it is one of our favorite toys ever!!!
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This little toy plays music seriously adorable music too. I could listen to it all day its awesome. You can turn the music function off if you want but we love it. the little ducks sopin round and round as the water shoots out in their little ducky bath.
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The different ducks spray water out in different patterns. My kids favorite is definitely what they have dubbed the spitting duck.
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Remember you can use a dollar store tub to create a water tub you don’t need anything fancy. Have fun with this toy in the bath or enjoy it outside like we do. This is definitely a must have and a favorite toy for water play inside or outside.
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