I can see: drawing the five senses

Explore the 5 senses with your students using this fun story and extension activity!

The little guy on each piece of paper is missing his senses. Well, at least four out of five senses are missing and so my students were invited to add some of the missing senses…

Introducing the Story

After reading “My Five Senses” by Aliki and talking with the children about their five senses, I explained to the children how all that this little guy had was eyeballs which means he can see but he can’t hear, taste, feel, or smell…

Preparing the Activity

My students did a remarkable job helping their googly eyed friend get back all of his senses. To prepare for this activity, I had already hot-glued a set of eyeballs on each child’s paper so they would stay firmly in place. It would be up to the children to do the rest any way they wished…

Enjoying the Process

The funny thing about this process is that it doesn’t matter how a child will complete the picture, it still looks like a person with those googly eyeballs – well most of the time. We did have an alien or two thrown into the mix…

Some of my students grasped the concept of drawing the missing body parts so the little person would have all five senses a little more readily than others but I absolutely loved seeing every drawing as it was being completed…

This was one of our very first drawings of our new school year…

Displaying their Creations

The children’s drawings were so wonderful that I decided they should also be our first display on the wall in my classroom…

Now my classroom is really starting to look like preschool has begun!

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By |2018-12-27T15:13:47+00:00September 19th, 2013|

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.


  1. [email protected] Measured Mom September 19, 2013 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Those are absolutely precious! Love them!

  2. Teri Nelson September 19, 2013 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Let me try again. I loved the children’s drawings. They are so cute; I love it when a child’s personality comes through their art. I would like to know what the children were drawing with in this art project?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

      They are drawing with Crayola Twistable Slick Stix!

  3. Katie September 19, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    These look like so much fun! I also like how you put the word “see” for them to associate it!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      I like to put key words any chance I can next to activities in hopes someone will have an interest in them!

  4. Sarah @ How Wee Learn September 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. Really lots the wee ones take control and get creative. And a great way to tell where they currently stand with their understanding.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 19, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

      Absolutely and in their prewriting or drawing skills! I could learn so much from just observing their work which is a bonus!

  5. Monica Locascio September 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Love this idea!!

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