5 Senses

This week we explored our five senses and how they make us aware of our surroundings. “My Five Senses” by Aliki is perfect for teaching kids about their five senses and how we use them in everyday activities. It also shows readers how each sense can work with other senses or on its own. Kids got to see that not only do people have five senses, but animals do too in “Five for a Little One,” by Chris Raschka where a young rabbit explores his world through his senses.

April’s concept is numbers; this week, we sang ‘5 Little Ducks’ and ‘5 Senses’

5 Little Ducks

5 little ducks went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother duck said, “Quack,quack,quack!”

But only 4 little ducks came back (repeat until at 1)

Mother duck said, “Quack,quack,quack”

And… all of her little ducks came back!

Five Senses (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)          

 Five senses, five senses
 We have them. We have them.
 Seeing, hearing, touching,
 Tasting and smelling.
 There are five, there are five.

Check out “April Toddler Rhymes” to see what else we are singing about this month!

At the end of Toddler Time I set up sense stations where kids could explore senses further. You can create your own sense station at home too! Here are some ideas:

Touch-glue different materials (ex:cotton, aluminum foil, sand paper, sponge, felt, cloth, duct tape) onto separate pieces of paper. Kids can compare, contrast, and describe how the different materials feel.

Smell- Use 4-6 small bowls, each with particular smell (ex: lemon, cinnamon, garlic, basil). Have kids use their words to describe what the various objects smell like.

Hear-Make various sounds (ex: dog, fire truck, thunder, phone ringing) and have kids guess what makes that sound.

Sight-One of my favorite books, “Duck! Rabbit” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a great optical illusion book for toddlers. With a print out of the character to color kids got to decide if it truly was a duck or rabbit!

Taste-We did not have a taste station in the storytime room, but each time you eat food you can conduct your own station! For example, you can create an assortment of food (ex: banana, chocolate, lettuce, cracker) then have your child cover their eyes as they taste each food to describe what food they ate. Describing the way food tastes gives kids meaning to words like sweet, sour, or salty.

Remember, next week, Wednesday April 13; musical storyteller Kevin Roth will be performing at 10:30 in the Zane Grey Room. For more information visit http://ow.ly/4pFAc .

*This performance will take the place of Toddler and Preschool Storytime that day.


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