Smell Jars

Smell Jars

empty containers such as pill bottles (my favorite to use since they are the hardest for kids to open)
cotton balls
a hammer and a nail
extracts and spices

1. You will need different extracts in a variety of scents.

2. Put the cotton ball in the empty container. (NOTE: If you do not have cotton balls, you can also use small pieces of paper towels.)

3. Saturate the cotton ball (or paper towel) with a spice, extract, or scented oil.

4. Seal the pill bottle or container with lid.

5. Take the hammer and nail and punch a hole in the top pull out the nail and your done.
6.I like to label the bottom with a small sticker saying what the scent in the bottle is.

7. Introduce to children and enjoy! This is a fun way to teach children about their nose and sense of smell.

** You can use simple extracts like vanilla, raspberry, strawberry etc.
*** you can use essential oils like tea tree oil, lavender etc.
**** you can use spices like cinnamon, cumin, basil etc


  1. I love the idea of using spices! I would have never thought of that. 🙂

  2. What fun! Thank you for sharing this tip/idea.

    Here from the Hop.

  3. What a fun project for the littles! Thank you for sharing!

    Here from the hop

  4. Found your post through the Weekly Kid’s Co-op and LOVE it! Will definitely be making these as I have lots of pill bottles saved up! My youngest LOVES to smell things, so this will be a huge hit with her.

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