The exploration of smell

As we continue to explore our five senses, we spent time fine tuning our sense of smell with this engaging process…

Out on the table the children found a basket of different flavors of teabags, measuring cups, plastic cups, plastic spoons, and pipettes…

The children started by filling their measuring cups from the “clean water tub” and then transferring water into their clear plastic cups…

The children selected a tea bag to add to their water then used the spoons to mix the teabags in with the water and the pipettes to transfer the water from cup to cup…

To catch the overflow of water, we set all the materials out on our magnetic board (which you can read more about here) because the board has an edge that will help keep the water from flowing onto the floor…

As the children explored the teabags, the water turned different colors based on the type of tea and the smell from the teabags could be noticed all throughout the classroom….

If the children wished to empty their cups of water and teabags, they could dump the water into our “tea-tub” which was over in the water table next to our clean water tub…

We used lots of different flavored teas like cinnamon apple, raspberry, and peach…

The children spent a long time exploring the different scents of tea as well as exploring the colors of the tea and the water transferring experience…

A wonderful way to explore our sense of smell…

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow on

Click here to see how we explored our sense of touch!

Click here to see how we explored our sense of sound!

By |2012-10-22T06:00:03+00:00October 22nd, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Mary October 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Very nice Sense of Smell Activity. What a great topic to share at home with mom, dad, siblings, etc. An experience they will sure keep. Thank you for sharing. Best, [email protected] diligentnann.webs.com

Leave A Comment

This site uses 'cookies' to give you the best, most relevant experience. Using the website means you're OK with this. Ok