Importance of Activity:
- In this activity, your child will practice labeling which senses he/she uses the most and least on a daily basis. Our senses help us understand the world around us, and this exercise is a fun way to teach your child to distinguish between the senses. It is important to teach your child that even if one of our senses is stronger or weaker than the other, we can still use our other senses to help us explore the world.
- uses numbers to communicate quantities and count recognizes own skills and accomplishments
- strengthen parent-child relationship
- can remember and use information about events,
- past experiences, people and things
- is aware of the five senses and recognizes their role in understanding the world
- Name your five senses.
- Some people only use four senses. Some people are blind and/or deaf. When a person does not have all five senses, they use the other four senses more.
- What color paper would you like to assign to each sense?
- Let’s count how many activities you do using your eyes, nose, hands, ears and mouth. What sense do you use the most? What sense do you use the least?
- Let’s keep your five senses booklet in a special place where you can look at it at any time.
- Sing the song with your child as you look at the “Let’s Use Our Senses” activity tuneTOON.
- Place the mat on the playing area.
- Arrange the craft supplies in front of your child on the playing area.
- Say, “Today we are going to make a Five Senses Booklet!”
- Talk about the five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight) and how you use them. Explain that if one of our senses is weaker than the others, we can use our other four senses more often (give your child examples of people that use four senses instead of five, such as people that are blind or deaf).
- Now it is time to make a Five Senses Booklet! First, get five pieces of paper (five different colors or you can use white paper and different color markers to label the five senses).
- Help your child write and draw a picture for each of the five senses.
- Ask your child to describe what he/she does on a daily basis that requires each of his/her five senses. Write each of these activities on the corresponding pieces of paper. Share how you use each of your five senses.
- Once you are finished, punch a hole in the top left corner of each paper. Stack the papers and align the holes. Put a piece of string or yarn through the holes and tie a bow. Now you have a Five Senses Booklet!
- Look through the booklet together. Have your child count how many activities he/she wrote on each of the five senses pages. What sense does he/she use the most/least?
- End the activity by singing the song again with your child.
- Fold the playing mat together and put it away.
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