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Using My 5 Senses

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Develop your child’s self-awareness and understanding of the senses by exploring different sensory experiences

At OMO, we believe that every stain represents an important experience - mud stains are the stamp of adventure, grass stains are the sign of exploration and fruit stains are the aftermath of discovery. Encourage your kids to get messy with our fun activities for happy, healthy, confident kids. We'll be there to sort out the dirty clothes afterwards.

Using My 5 Senses

Develop your child’s self-awareness and understanding of the senses by exploring different sensory experiences.

What you’ll need:

Various items that appeal to different senses. Some ideas are: salt; fruit; flowers; sandpaper; bottle or cup of water; paperclips; playdough; music. A sandy area and a stick to draw with

What to do:

Have all the items in a container or tray. Let your child pick an item and say which sense it uses. Then they use the stick to draw a tick or a cross in the sand, depending on whether they like or dislike the sensory experience of the item. You can do this activity indoors with a list on paper, or you can just talk about whether they like or dislike the experience, and why. 

Alternative Materials:

Alternative materials

Change it up:

Make it easy: Have just a few simple items with mostly nice sensations and only one or two unpleasant sensations.

Make it a challenge: Blindfold your child or place the items inside a bag and ask them to use any sense other than sight to figure out what the object is.

Play with friends: Get everyone in the group to take turns holding and touching the items. As a team, they can identify what senses they need for the items and draw a tick or cross in the sand to say whether they like it or not. This will develop both social awareness and self-awareness.

Indoor play: This activity can be done inside using pens and paper to make notes about whether your child likes the sensation or not.

Developmental skills:

  • Thinking skills

  • Task management

  • Listening

  • Social awareness

Values: 

Self-awareness; focus; teamwork.