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What can be more fascinating to preschool children than learning to use their five senses. They have fun touching, seeing, hearing smelling and tasting.
In this unit there some exciting activities, ideas and suggestions for teaching the Five Senses to preschool children.
.1. The children will be able to understand and associate body parts with the senses.
2 The children will be able to incorporate sensory activities in several areas in the curriculum.
Fill in gaps in students knowledge by discussing our senses: Example: Our sense of sight helps us to see the world around us.
Prepare a Big Book: On the first page write the title, on subsequent pages write the following senses for each sense, one set of sentence per page.
I see with my eyes
Use a full length mirror
tree walk walk in the playground and discuss trees of various sizes and colors
Eye colors--discuss colors of children's eyes
Expression- show how you look when you are angry, sad, happy
Jungle Journey-take children on a make-believe journey
Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats
Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown
Sing: This is the way I open my eyes, shut my eye
Eyeglasses-Make glasses our of tag board
Discussion and sample foods that are sweet (cookie) sour (lemon) salty (prestle)
sort foods that are sweet
sort foods that are salty
sort foods that are sour
Read Story: The Gingerbread Man by Paul Galdone
The Very Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Whole or half
Cut fruit in half, in thirds, and in fourths
Count apples halves, banana fourths
Count oranges thirds
Read Story: City Mouse and the Country Mouse
Children participate and make sounds of animals
The cows in the field "Moo-Moo"
The frogs in the creek croaked "Ribbit-Ribbit"
The horse in the barn, "Neigh, Neigh"
Body parts-allow children touch their own body parts while singing "I touch my heads like this, I touch my shoulders like this, I clap my hands like this"
Clifford Followed his Nose by Norman Bridwell