We’re working on our five senses unit right now in kindergarten, and our “sense of the day” today was our sense of smell. This is one of my favorite lessons!! I set up little trays of different substances on each table. The kids rotate around the six stations to get a whiff of each tray (from a safe distance, of course!). They record whether or not the substance had a scent on this sheet:
Great things to put in the trays are vinegar, water, mint leaves, garlic powder, orange peel shavings, ground black pepper, etc. Since my kiddos are a little on the wild side this year, I had a firm no-touching policy – touch the tray, and you’re out! This kept all (except one) of them motivated to keep their hands to themselves.
Here are some pictures of the kiddos enjoying the smell stations!
You can grab the entire five senses unit (including the smelling stations worksheet above) by clicking here or on the picture below. It’ll last a good 8 days, and more if you decide to supplement with additional readalouds or activities.