Learning about the five senses offers a lot of great opportunities for hands-on exploration. Whether you’re diving into a full preschool five senses theme or you’re creatively choosing activities to try with you sensory seeking preschooler, you’ll love these fun ideas for exploring the sense of smell.
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Fun Ideas for Exploring the Sense of Smell
These DIY Montessori smelling bottles are an inexpensive and easy way to create a fun smelling activity for your kids.
This sense of smell game is a fun way to learn about how smell works, and it’s fun to see how well your nose can guess the right scent!
Have you ever wondered what a rainbow smells like? This fun scratch n sniff watercolor paint activity is a great way to get creative and play with unique smells.
This scented edible paint is a great activity for toddlers or kids who are prone to eating their activities.
This fun yogurt spice painting toddler sensory bin smells just like fall, and it’s a great way for kids to get messy.
This spice painting activity is a great way to allow your kids to paint, and smell some new scents at the same time!
This fall spices and sprinkles painting activity is a perfect smelling activity that you can make using basic kitchen supplies.
This scented tea pretend play activity will make your whole home smell like fall, even if your kids don’t like the taste of real tea.
This citrus sensory tray activity smells like the fresh sweet citrus while also teaching your kids about touch and smell.
This peppermint oatmeal Christmas sensory bin is a fun holiday sensory activity your kids will love!
This scratch and sniff art project for kids is a fun way to incorporate the five senses into your next art project.
This fun flower sensory circle time activity is a great springtime activity for your kids that also incorporates smell!
If you are looking for a great calming activity for your kids, you can’t go wrong with these lavender scented beans!
This spiced up name activity brings a whole new meaning to the term spices.
Whip up a few smelly potions that your kids will love experimenting with!
These coconut water sensory beads are the perfect sensory play activities for your kids this summer.
This five senses name activity requires only a few ingredients, and you have a fun scratch and sniff activity for your kids!
This lavender water fine motor sensory bin is the perfect way to incorporate smell into your sensory activity.
This rosemary-scented water play is a great natural sensory bin activity that your kids are going to love!
This scented pineapple slime smells just like real pineapples and will be hours of fun for your kids!
More Five Senses Posts to Explore
Kids in the Kitchen~Exploring the Five Senses (KC Edventures)
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Exploring the Senses~Paint with Tea Bags (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Five Senses Discover & Explore Kit (Teach Preschool)
Coconut Shell Instruments (Twodaloo)
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