The exploration of smell

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Your children will love the beautiful aromas in this invitation to explore!

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

An Invitation to Explore

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.

Building Fine Motor Skills

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.

Exploring Color

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.

Experimenting with Beautiful Aromas

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.

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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!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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