Our Senses

Stop! Look, Listen, Smell, Touch

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    1-2 hours

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • What sense do you use the most?
  • I wonder if you could only see, or hear, or…what would the world seem like to you?
  • What information do our senses give us?
  • How do we use that information?
  • Do you think your senses work together? How? Why?

Imagine and Design:

  • What ways can you think of to test your senses?
  • What do you predict will happen without one or more of your senses?
  • What will you NOT be able to tell about where you are? What is around you?
  • Where else can you test your theories? How?

Try blocking one of your senses: put on a blindfold, put in earplugs, hold your nose, etc. Stand in the middle of the biggest room in your home. Take in the sensory input around you. Now go outside and do the same thing. Try blocking different senses.

After you try blocking the senses one by one, try it again with all your senses. Get your feet involved – take off those shoes and socks!

Test and Discuss:

  • What did you learn about the information your senses give you?
  • Did you find out which one you use the most? What was it?
  • What other ways can you think of to test what your senses are telling you?
  • How do you think your senses help you navigate the world?

Extension Activities:

We left a sense out, did you notice? The sense of taste. Try this activity to explore your sense of taste:


Add another layer: hold your nose while you eat. How did that change the way your food tasted? What does that tell you about taste and smell?

Did You Know:

Learn more about your senses here:


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