Make your own Sensory Smelling Game, with Sensory Smelling Jars. I really enjoy it when an initial idea that I have becomes something more in the eyes of Monkey, and this time his little friend as well. I’ve been wanting to do something that focuses on the sense of smell for a while, ever since Monkey announced one morning when I was cleaning his teeth that he uses his nose to smell. A typically off the wall random comment that had no bearing on the current activity… And it got me thinking about sensory bottles or jars in this case.
I had trouble narrowing it down to eight smells, because this is the first time we have done it I decided to stick with the strongest or the most usual fragrances. Hoping to keep their interest for a bit longer. The beauty of this activity is that after a run through the dishwasher to eliminate any trace of the last odour you can just keep refreshing the jar contents. Redoing it around a current interest or a theme based on an event coming up. The jars I used came from Ikea, they are just the right size and Monkey can twist the lids on himself.
The smells I used are things you are likely to have round the house or in the garden
- Black Pepper
The only one that took anytime to prepare was the lemon as I dried it in the oven. All I did was to cut it thinly and place it in the oven on a low heat for most of the evening.
When I first laid the jars out the kiddies we’re really excited. I also laid out pictures of the contents. Initially we matched the smells to the pictures, I was quite surprised how quickly they managed to do it, taking in turns to pick and smell.
After we had completed the initial game which went down a storm, a blind fold came out which was even more of a success. All of a sudden it was a lot of fun to test the mummies sense of smell! Cue laughter and mischief… Monkey had a go himself as well and thought it was hilarious… Although it’s difficult to watch the giant chocolate buttons with a blindfold on, I think several went missing…!
Some of the benefits of this game is that is quick to pull together and quick to execute when little ones attention spans are still quite short It is also really easy to update the contents of the jars when they get use to the smells. More recently I have changed the contents to the below to keep Monkey on his toes.
- Dried Chilli
- Vanilla Bean
- Curry Powder
- Fenugreek Seed
What items and smells would you use?