Five Senses Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids


You have come to the right place if you are looking for fun, engaging and exciting Five senses themed activities to do with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Our activities are widely used by teachers, moms, dads, child care providers and more!

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Five Senses Arts and Crafts

Creative Art Cellophane Painting
Materials needed:
Clear cellophane
Tempera paint

Procedure: Children can paint any design on cellophane, teacher hangs picture in window to dry so children can see the effect the sunlight has on their painting.


Five Senses Games and Activities

Looking Through Different Objects
Materials needed-Refracting laser glasses,telescope,prism,cellophane sheets,magnifying glass,microscope

Procedure: Children can use different objects to look through seeing the difference between (how one thing makes it look vs another object). Teacher should encourage the child to talk about how the objects affect their way of seeing things.

Sound Matching Game
Materials needed: Popsicle sticks or Jumbo tongue depressors,tapes and pictures of different sounds, cat, dog, duck, horn etc.

Procedure: Child will listen to different sounds on tape or teacher making sounds and hold up pictures that matches the correct sound.

Sound Bottles And Smelly Jars
The sound bottles are simply prescription bottles. (the pharmacy gives them free if you tell them you are a preschool teacher) In pairs have 2 with a penny in it, rice, salt, oatmeal anything you can think of. Then cover the bottles with colored contact paper. Then have the children try to match the sounds from the bottles. It will keep them interested for a long time.

The smelly bottles are also empty prescription jars with cotton balls soaked with different smells: Vanilla/orange extract, perfume, vinegar, Etc. Let your imagination run wild. Let the children smell them and guess what it is they are smelling. It’s great sensory fun.


Five Senses Recipes and Snacks

Popping popcorn
Children will be able to see how the small seeds change when the heat begins to make them pop into large white puffy popcorn.
The children will be able to hear the different sounds of the popcorn popping.
After popping the popcorn, the children will be able to taste the butter and without salt and butter.



Five Senses Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

Springtime Song
Tune: Did you ever see a Lassie?
My eyes can see it springtime, it’s springtime, its springtime.
My eyes can see it springtime, the grass is so green!
The green grass, the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
My eyes can see it’s springtime, and I am so glad.

My ears can hear its springtime, its spring time, its springtime.
My ears can hears its springtime, the birds sweetly sing.
The birds sing, the lambs bleat the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
My ears can hear it’s springtime, and I am so glad!

My body can feel its springtime, it’s springtime, it’s springtime.
My body can feel it’s springtime, the air is so warm.
The warm air, the breezes, no frost and no freezes.
My body can feel it’s springtime, and I am so glad!




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