These sensory activities are the perfect medium for kids to explore through their senses, there’s never a right or wrong way to do it, and there’s never an end outcome to expect.
That’s what makes these perfect for the youngest kids! Even preschoolers and older kids have lots they can learn by using their senses.
In the past, we’ve shared many sensory activities for kids to do (check out our 25 sensory activities for kids, our sensory weekly plan of activities, and many more edible sensory ideas). Most of these sensory activities have been limited to touch. This is because touching sensory activities are the easiest to implement, and may very well be the most intriguing for the kids.
But what about sound, smell, sight and taste?
Today, we’re digging a little deeper into sensory activities and sharing ideas that explore with the four senses that are often forgotten.
Below you’ll find:
- sensory activities that explore with their nose
- sensory activities that use sound to explore
- sensory activities that explore with their sight
- sensory activities that use taste to explore
Sensory activities for kids to explore using all their senses!
Let’s get started! This might get a little stinky… But use that nose to find out what smells!
Does it smell good?
Can you describe how it smells?
Do they smell the same?
Can you tell me what is making the smell?
These are all great questions to keep in mind as you explore these activities with your noses!
Let’s move onto listening and sound. I don’t know a single parent that doesn’t think their child could listen better, right?
Use these sound sensory activities as a way to get your child to turn on their listening ears and see what they can hear!
Do you hear the difference?
Is this one louder or quieter?
Does it have a higher pitch or a low roar?
Do they sound the same?
Have you heard that sound before?
Keep these questions in mind as your explore the sense of sound with these activities!
Exploring with their sense of sight is hard to put into activity terms as we ‘see’ all day long and use this as our primary sense to explore on an everyday basis.
These activities take it a step further into exploring with your eyes.
Finally, let’s explore through the sense of taste. This is a great way to picky eaters to be introduced to new things.
However, if you have a picky eater, these activities might not go over the best, so introduce them with care and don’t expect it to be a home run off the bat.
And don’t forget the sense of touch.