What are the five senses? The 5 senses are: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. Through these senses kids explore and learn about the world around them, and learn about themselves. Teaching kids the 5 senses are integral part of all preschool curicullum. We have shared ideas of science activities for kids to learn about the 5 senses. Today we put them all together at one place, and we will continue to add more to this topics. It is fun to learn about your body and there are so many to learn about the five senses. We try to include activities for kids of all ages, from preschool to kindergarten to school age, and many of these activities can be adapted to different ages.
45 Science Activities for Kids to Learn the 5 Senses
What kids can learn about seeing?
9 Kids Science Experiments about Light will teach them why and how we can see, and some interesting facts about light.
Talking about light will easily goes into color. These 7 science experiments about colors will help kids understand the science behind the colors.
After light and color, an easy transition is sound. How do you explain to kids that sound is certain type of wave? These 7 fun science activities will help kids see the sound, and get an intuitive understanding of it.
How can you smell? Does your mouth help when you smell? Try these 7 science experiments for kids to learn smell.
There are tastes we like, and tastes we don’t like. Why can we taste? Can you tell the food taste holding your nose? Try some 7 fun science activities to learn about taste, and find out how sensitive are you to different tastes.
The last is the sense of touch. Check out these 8 science experiments for kids about sense of touch. One of my favorite is to find out my own Homunculus.
I hope you like these five senses activity ideas, teaching the 5 senses via science experiments. Doing science at home is not just for fun, it is also to cultivate child’s interest in science and help them grow scientific thinking skills. I encourage you follow the scientific steps while working with kids on these fun activities. I outlined the steps and developed this Science Experiment Recording Sheet. I highly recommend using it, even with young children. They can draw pictures if they can’t write. It is the process that is important, starting with questions and hypothesis.
Through out my search and research, I have found some wonderful children’s books about senses. They are great to read with kids while you are exploring the 5 senses:
My 5 Senses (age 4 to 8)
The 5 Senses (age 4 and up)
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses (age 4 to 8)
The 5 Senses (age 6 to 12)
You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ears (age 4 to 6)
Smelling (age 4 to 6)
I Smell Christmas (age 3 to 6)
The Nose Book (age 2 to 10)
The Listening Walk (age 4 to 8)
All about Light (age 5 and up)
Seeing (age 4 to 6)
The Very Lonely Firfly (age 2 to 3)
Tasting (age 4 to 6)
Touching (age 4 to 6)