These sensory activities are a perfect way for kids to explore through their five senses.
There’s never a right or wrong way to do it, and there’s never an end outcome to expect. Which is one of the best things about them!
That’s what makes these excellent for the youngest kids! So, even preschoolers and older kids have lots they can learn by using their senses.
However, 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 activities?
Five senses activities are a must for young kids, especially young toddlers and even babies. Here are 48 ways to explore the 4 forgotten non-touch senses.
So, 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:
- First, sensory activities that explore smell with their nose
- Second, sensory activities that use sound to explore
- Third, sensory activities that explore with their sight
- Lastly, sensory activities that use taste to explore
48 Sensory activities for kids to explore using all five senses!
Sense of Smell Activities:
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 and smell with your noses!
Sense of Sound Activities:
Let’s move onto listening and sound. Because 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 wonderful sense of sound with these activities!
Sense of Sight 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.
Sense of Taste Activities:
Let’s explore through the sense of taste. This is a great way for 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 finally we can’t forget the sense of touch.