Educating the Senses: Smelling Bottles

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Educating the Senses: Smelling Bottles

“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe,’ but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”
– Maria Montessori

The other day I was perusing an inspiring, new-to-me, blog that I discovered, Small Potatoes, when my daughter snuggled up next to me to see what I was doing. When she saw this smelling game, she immediately wanted to “do that project.”

There is something about this activity that captivates children… They love the idea of isolating and exploring just one sense at a time. They also love the mystery of what smell they might encounter next.

Ella decided to create a smelling game for her older sister. I rounded up a collection of bottles, she got out our essential oil collection, and she got to work. I was even amused to see that she snapped some photos along the way (the apple does not fall too far from the tree)!

Educating the Senses: Smelling Bottles

We had a lovely afternoon filled with soothing scents and fun conversation…

More sensorial inspiration:



With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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