Sensorial Education: My Five Senses (+ printable)

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Sensorial Education: My Five Senses (+ printable)I love exploring the aesthetics of education… Simply by being thoughtful about what children touch, hear, see, and smell during a learning experience, we can turn an ordinary lesson into lasting memory.

Sometimes, as grown-ups, we take for granted that it is through our senses that we bring in all of the information that the world has to offer. It is a joy to explicitly teach this fact to young children. For it is when they have refined their senses that the can truly appreciate color, texture, music, beauty, and all of wonders we experience on a daily basis.

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It’s fun to prepare for this experience by choosing one object for each sense you will be discussing…

Here are the items I chose:

Touch: Puffy Balls

Hear: Bell

Smell: Fresh Basil

Sight: Glass Prism

Taste: Strawberry & Grape

As I read the story, My Five Senses, by Aliki, we stopped to explore each item. For example, when the book spoke about our sense of sound, we rang the bell.

It is important to enjoy this process with your child. There is no rush, and it is a delight to watch them explore each material thoroughly. It does add to the excitement however, if you ask them to wait for the correct part of the story before exploring the next material.

My Five Senses Printable: Playful Learning

Next, we used the My Five Senses printable to find and cut out pictures of things that we can see, hear, touch, smell, and taste.

This activity sparks great conversations…

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mariah

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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  1. Hi! I am part of class at NYU that is learning about multimedia in the classroom. We are looking for educational blogs, and I love this post! I think it is simple, yet effective. I am studying early childhood education and special education so this is perfect for preschoolers! I would love to share this with my colleagues!

  2. Hello! I am an Early Childhood and Elementary Education major. I am going into my last year and will be pre-student teaching. I loved reading your blog about Sensorial Education: My Five Senses. I think it is important for children to learn through doing and experiencing. It is crucial at a young age to install the love of learning! I love using books to introduce a lesson! I love your ideas and can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing!

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