Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Our Five Senses

Along with our workboxes the little ones have been working on a lap book about their five senses.  We just started this week and after our first experiment even Alexa knows all five.

I gathered them around the table and showed them two plates.  Each plate had white crystals on it.  (Before we started we of course talked about how they could only do this with mommy or daddy and they never touch or taste anything when they don't know what it is).  One plate had sugar the other salt but they did not know this.  We went thru all the senses; what does it look like, sound like, feel like, smell like and last what does it taste like.  I had them each lick their finger to get it wet and then rub it on the plate.  They all tasted at the same time.  Joshua got a mouth full !!  See picture below:

He immediately ran to the sink!  The girls were a bit more careful but not much. They were all leary to taste the sugar.  LOL

The next day our activity focused on our nose and sense of smell.  It tied in nicely with our reading of Homer Price and his pet skunk named Aroma.

This activity was really cool.  We made scratch n sniff paint from kool-aid.  I bought lemon, cherry, grape and strawberry kool-aid so I printed off a lemon, strawberry, grapes, and cherry pie (I just googled black and white clip art).  To make the paint you dump the packet of kool-aid into a bowl and just at a tiny bit of water maybe 1-2tbsp.  You don't want it too watery.  Then they paint the picture.  Some stayed really sticky but smelled great!!!  When I cut them out to put in a booklet for thier lapbooks I covered the pictures with saran wrap.  They can lift up to smell and the pages won't stick together.

I got this idea from www.Perpetualpreschool.com check them out for lots of great ideas. 

This next week we are going to make the following.  I will let you know how it turns out.

KOOL AID PLAY DOH --Smells Yummy - Tastes Yucky :/


2 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

2 (1/4 ounce) packages Kool-Aid

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons oil


1-Mix the dry ingredients, then add the boiling water and oil. Be careful-this is HOT!

2-Stir until it thickens, then knead until smooth.

3-This smells so good!

***I blend all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl & add the boiling water and oil in a and use my pastry cutter to blend. It is our fave play doh recipe. We store in fridge.


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