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Classroom Theme Ideas Using the Five Senses

children learn through their 5 senses; therefore, providing hands-on experience
allows children to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear become important.   Many of us have a hard time developing materials.  Teachers in
Pre-school and Pre-K often teach centering on themes.  Teachers need
to think about those real objects and materials for the children to
explore.   Do we think about
the ways children can use their 5 senses? 
One way is to pick a theme and then gather objects and materials.  Children must observe, handle, and
explore from that theme.  Here are a few ideas from this new workshop for teachers: 

See:  Draw
the Other Half.  
The child is given half a picture and must think and draw
the other half like an apple or a chair.

Touch:  Texture Touch.  Place a piece of silk, sandpaper, piece of wood, piece of paper, and others and have the children describe what they touch like is it soft, hard, rough, etc.

Smell and Taste:  Describe the Taste and Smell:  

Show a picture of a
number of food items that include a wide variety of tastes such as jellybeans,
lemons, pretzels, marshmallows, peanuts, raisins, chocolate,
olives, sour apples, pickles, onions, melons, and let the children describe to you how
they taste.  Record words the children
use like possible words: sour, sweet, tangy, spicy, salty, bitter, yucky, etc.  Add the words to your word wall and then find out which are the children’s favorite foods.


the Rhythm.  
Tap out a simple
rhythm and have children repeat it back to you.  Alternatively, you can clap the rhythm or use musical

Hear:  From Arms Up Keep Moving CD (9183) check out “The Senses Song” found in




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