Friday, November 7, 2008

Pewwwee?? What is that Smell??

Actually, the smells that we were sniffing today were quite yummy!! After watching Sid the Science Kid this morning(I do like a little morning TV while I drink my coffee, even though the experts would cringe), Peanut wanted to do a science experiment, too! Hey, the t.v. motivated us to do science today, so it can't be all that bad, right? Everything in moderation is my motto!!(That includes chocolate and wine ladies-oops or men if any Daddies are reading, sorry! LOL)
Okay, back to Sid. They were learning about the 5 Senses today. For one part of the segment, they experimented with different smells. Next, they recorded their predictions in an observation journal. They used lemon, cinnamon, onion, and popcorn for their hidden smells. I chose peanut butter, chocolate(mmmm- so I have an excuse to eat it after),crushed mint, and coffee grinds. I put them in Styrofoam coffee cups and used foil as lids. I poked little holes in the cups with a fork.







Next, we smelled each cup one at a time and made a guess for each one. Peanut guessed 4 out of 5. The crushed mint was tricky!





After the experiment, we discussed the sense of smell and then tested her sense of touch. She tried to guess what was in each cup by feeling the contents while her eyes were closed. Then we discussed the different textures. The last part was the most fun- we dipped the popcorn and chocolate into the peanut butter and had a feast. We can't leave out the sense of taste now can we???


Other resources for the 5 Senses:

1. Preschool Activities for 5 Senses

2. First Science Experiments: Super Senses by Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone

"Here, young readers will learn, in easy-to-understand language and through simple experiments and activities, some fascination facts about there senses in a way that will start them thinking."


Boy, we've been quite busy experimenting today! We made homemade apple sauce too, so the aroma in the house was mouth watering and the applesauce turned out GREAT!!

Have a fun day!!

Jen

3 comments:

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Sounds like a fun experiment—something my kids would love. My oldest describes everything by smell. He inherited his strong sense of smell from my hubby, who I swear is part canine. :)

Fun site. Came over from Parenting Pink!

Preschool Playbook said...

So much fun! What a great mommy too. Friday morning and your still busy, busy, busy. Friday's my crash day. It takes me 2 hours just to read the newspaper,and I can't even tell you what I read;).

Love the post and LOVE the ideas. Our Pre-K does a 5 senses unit and they are always looking for fun things to do. I know they do the smelling experiment, but I'll have to share the website. Thanks.

Rachel said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! It has been awhile since updating it but I know I need this break for now.... but I hope to start catching up soon for no other reason than to get all these great pictures and memories down!

Sid -- LOVE the show! We sit down together every morning to watch and tape it. Then we answer Sid's survey question and call Daddy at work for his answer. Then we do whatever experiment they did for that day ourselves and we draw about it in our own Observation journals! It all takes about an hour and a half but it is so much fun! I love that the ideas always involve things that we actually have around the house. We also love Magic Schoolbus but that is not as easy to throw an experiment together, kwim?

Sounds like you had a great time!

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