Latticed Learning - Five Senses

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

I used My Five Senses all the time in my classroom and I have both the regular book and a big book copy of it, which is all kinds of fun to spread out on the floor and look through - especially when you're turning pages as big as you are!

This My Five Senses is a classic Aliki book and I really like how it talks about combining senses to observe different things.

I Use Science Tools is a great introduction to objects we can employ to better explore our environment, which of course relates to the senses, since we have to use the senses to use the tools!

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch and Smell has fun illustrations to help explore these fabulous five.

Fun with My Five Senses is packed full of great activity ideas for learning about the senses.

The 5 Senses is perfect for young learners and has cute illustrations, as well.

The Listening Walk is another Aliki book.  I really like how it changed the focus of our family walks after we read it.

Sing Some Songs

We were up to our elf ears with Christmas music this week, but I did manage to find:

This 5 senses song by the Kiboomers.

And also Have Fun Teaching's Senses Song.

Watch Some Videos

I was so excited to come across this movie from my childhood all about the five senses! (It was always the best when I got to help work the projector!)

This one was new to me, but Gv enjoyed it, too.

There were a couple of great Magic School Bus episodes for this week, too, like Makes a Stink & In the Haunted House.

Play and Create

I dropped the ball and didn't get any photos of our 5 senses activities this week, but here's what we did:

We took a five senses walk, focusing on one sense at a time. 

First, we looked around and named as many things as we could see, then we stopped and listened and then named all the things we could hear.

We closed our eyes and tried to come up with as many smells as possible, then we resumed our walk and I told Gv to try to find as many different-feeling things as she could.

I wouldn't let Gv lick the ground or eat some leaves (she'd suggested both for taste), but we'd brought along some apple slices that covered that sense, too.

I'd planned to do another walk and treat it like this scavenger hunt except search for things to represent each sense, but we didn't get around to it.

I'd always done  an activity in my classroom where I passed out secret snacks to different groups (one group would get popcorn, one would get pretzels, etc.) and they'd have to create a chart using all their senses to describe it. Then the groups would take turns going up in front of the classroom and reading their sense descriptions. After they'd done this, the rest of the class had to guess what the secret snack was.

It was always a ton of fun.

I'd love to do this activity with our group of learning pals one day (I'd just give each child a different snack, instead of forming groups), but until then, Gv and I just described everything we ate one day by using all our senses.

Finally, I threw some random things (deflated balloon, cracker, play doh, cinnamon shaker, toy car & various craft supplies like pom poms and crayons) into a paper bag and had Gv try to guess what they all were using all her senses except sight. I told her she could use that one if she gave up at the end, but she didn't need to, so that was fun.

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