Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sense of Smell

Today we explored our sense of smell!

We read Smelling By Sharon Gordon
I love these books! They are perfect for preschoolers!
They talk about how smell goes from your nose and tells your brain that you are smelling.
It has great pictures and diagrams.

I gathered all of the perfume/cologne bottles in the house and let them smell each one.
It was fun for her to guess which one was for women and which was for men.  Then she chose her favorite scent and sprayed her wrists.

We made some some scratch and sniff paint
(AKA Kool-aide and water)
 I found this cute "fruits of the spirit" tree.
We read the scripture in Galatians and talked about it for a minute.

They both loved painting!

We used our left over Kool-aide to make play dough,
Which was a little fail, but we worked out the problems in the end.
I made my play dough using the following recipe:
2 C. Flour, 1 C. Salt  1 TBS Cream of Tartar {Mix together}
1 1/2 TBS Veg. Oil, 2 C. Water {Add, cook on med. heat, stir until it looks like play dough}
This recipe is modified from Teach Preschool.

Then I added the Kool-aide.
It didn't work.
This is what it looked like.
Totally Blah!

But it sure smelled good!
Which was kind of the point.

Then I added more Kool-aide to our play dough blobs,
and took it over to the sink and added a little bit of water.
It worked...

But my hands may never be the same!

Fun times were had playing with the play dough!

So my suggestion is to make your play dough,
then when it is still a little wet in the pan,
split your recipe into fours,
and then add the Kool-aide,
and it should make a vibrant colors,
and you'll save your hands.
Or just make a whole batch of the same flavor.
Here are some of my older post's that explore the sense of smell:
Where we used Jello to make a sratch and sniff book.

Here are all of my posts on the Five Senses:


  1. Love scented playdough - love even more that you made all those fruit with it. Fabulous.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  2. We've never tried scratch and sniff paint. That sounds awesome!! There are so many fun things to do with Kool-Aid and Jell-O, aren't there? Thanks for sharing at WOTT!


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