Learning about the 5 senses is a great thematic unit for preschoolers, especially at the beginning of the year. Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and often use their senses to explore and learn. When we set up 5 senses learning centers in our classroom, we give children the opportunity to play, learn and discover in a way that is exciting, hands-on and developmentally appropriate!
In our classroom, we learn about 1 of the 5 senses each day during circle time. After that opening mini-lesson, the students get to work on their centers. We always have dramatic play, blocks, and the art easel available. In addition to those, we like to set up a different exploring station each day of the 5 senses unit. These are a few of our very favorite ideas for each station:
5 Senses Activity with Scratch and Sniff Names | Fun-a-Day
Scented Painting Activity| Play to Learn Preschool
Coffee Bean Playdough | My Nearest and Dearest
Painting with Seasoning and Spices | Learn with Play at Home
Sense of Touch Science Center | Play to Learn Preschool
Texture Tray Sensory Play for Preschool | No Time for Flashcards
Stretchy Oobleck | Play to Learn Preschool
Sense of Touch Mystery Bag | A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Apple Taste Test | Play to Learn Preschool
Lemon Foods Taste Test Science Investigation | Fantastic Fun and Learning
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Sense of Taste | Adventures of Adam
Fun with Tasting Bottles | Gift of Curiosity
All 5 Senses!
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This “Centers and Circle Time Unit” is packed full of 5-Senses hands-on learning:
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