Fun Ideas for Exploring the Sense of Smell

Learning about the five senses offers a lot of great opportunities for hands-on exploration. These fun ideas for exploring the sense of smell were shared during our recent Discover & Explore 5 Senses theme.

12 Fun Ideas for Exploring the Sense of Smell~Unique ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and school age kids

Featured Posts

DIY Montessori Smelling Bottles (Living Montessori Now)


Exploring the Sense of Smell with a Game (Learn Play Imagine)

The Sense of Smell

Scratch-n-Sniff Watercolor Painting (Learn Create Love)


Scented Homemade Edible Finger Paint (Fun at Home Kids)


Yogurt Spice Painting Toddler Sensory Play (Learn Play Imagine)

Yogurt Spice Painting - creative sensory play for babies and toddlers (8)

Spice Painting with Edible Glue (Life with Moore Babies)


Spices & Sprinkles Painting (Crayon Box Chronicles)


Scented Tea Pretend Play (Fun at Home with Kids)


Lime Cloud Dough (My Nearest and Dearest)


Sweet Citrus Sensory Tray (Fun-A-Day for B-Inspired Mama)


Natural Lavender Play Dough (An Everyday Story)


Toddler Safe Peppermint Oatmeal Sensory Play (Learn Play Imagine)

Christmas Sensory Play (2)

These posts and other highlights have been pinned to the Discover and Explore Pinterest Board.

More Five Senses Posts from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

Co-Host 5 Senses Image

Kids in the Kitchen~Exploring the Five Senses (KC Edventures)

 3 Science Activities for Kids to Explore Sound (Buggy and Buddy)

Exploring the Senses~Paint with Tea Bags (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Five Senses Discover & Explore Kit (Teach Preschool)

Coconut Shell Instruments (Twodaloo)

A Full Week of 5 Senses Lesson Plans

Continue learning about the five senses with our printable lesson plan set. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provide different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.


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Home Preschool Five Senses Theme Lesson Plans (in our shop or on TpT)

Preschool Classroom Five Senses Theme Lesson Plans (in our shop or on TpT)

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  1. Hi Shaunna 🙂 Thank you for sharing our lavender playdough. Lot’s of lovely other ideas to explore too 🙂

  2. Thanks for including our lime cloud dough in your features. Of all the sensory activities we’ve done, I think it’s my favorite!

  3. Hi Shaunna. Thank you so much for including our post. Lots of great ideas. 🙂

  4. Oh all those yummy spices – such great idea – no shortage of creativity from these Mamas!! I will check them all out!!!!

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