Y1 Sense explorers
You will need:
Feely bag and items, scarf for blindfolding, three covered jars with different smells inside (for example, lavender, garlic, lemon slices
Prepare a feely bag with different items inside it, varying in texture, shape, weight, etc. Choose some that are noisy.
3.Decide who will wear a blindfold (parent or child) and put it on. Ask: Were they more cautious about feeling things? Did they worry about where they were going? Then ask the blindfolded person how they felt about being blindfolded.
Review with the children what is was like to explore the outside with, and then without, sight. Talk about what it is like for people who are blind and that sometimes their other senses become more developed. Did you notice any interesting smells whilst they were outside (the smell of flowers, leaves, soil, etc.). Explain that smell is one of our senses and that we use it a lot! Ask if they can think of times when smell is very important (for example, in cooking, deciding if food is nice, or if something is burnt).
Get the three jars, with the outsides covered. Ask the children to lift the lids a little bit and smell what is inside, without peeking. Ask: Can you guess what the smell is? Can you describe the smell? (Sour, bitter, like flowers...). Now take a look inside for more clues. How much easier is it to work out the smell if you can also see what it is? Senses are important and often brilliant on their own, but they work best in a team with each other. Play this clip to the children about the role our senses play The five senses.
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