My kids and I recently wrapped up our five senses unit. During this unit, we did a number of different activities to learn about each of the five senses in a hands-on way. I have shared all of our five senses activities on my five senses unit study page. Check it out for lots more great activities and printables you can use with your kids!
In this post I’m sharing some of the culminating activities we did to wrap up our five senses unit, including a sorting activity and a book making activity. Below, you’ll find links to free five senses printables so you can do these activities as well. Enjoy!
Note: To see all posts related to our five senses unit, please visit my five senses activities page.
Five senses sorting activity
After having reviewed each of the five senses individually through reading about them and doing activities (you can find all those posts here), I had my kids do a five senses sorting activity. I printed out the Sorting the Five Senses activity from This Reading Mama’s All About Me Pre-K/K Pack. My kids worked together to sort each of the pictures into sense categories.
It was sometimes tricky to know how to sort the pictures, because we rarely use just one sense for exploring any object. For example, we both taste and smell our food. We touch, see, and hear a dog. We smell and see a flower. This lead to a lot of great discussions as we debated where to place some of the pictures.
The point of sorting the pictures cards, in my opinion, wasn’t to have my kids get the “right” answer. It was to learn and discuss why we thought a card should go into one pile or another. On that count, this activity was a big success.
Reading about the five senses
There are so many great books that have been published about the five senses. These are a few of the ones we read:
Five senses book
Another culminating activity we did was to complete our My 5 Senses books. This is a printable book I created for my kids to complete.
The book features five pages – one for each sense.
On each page, kids are asked to either draw or cut and paste a picture of things they can see/hear/smell/taste/touch.
Kids are also asked to write – on their own or with help from a grown up – their favorite thing to see/hear/smell/taste/touch.
For the “sight” page, my son cut out pictures of different foods he can see, and wrote that his favorite thing to see is a “fire truck.”
Here is how my daughter completed her hearing page. She cut out a picture of people “talking” and said that her favorite things to hear were “singing” and “talking.” (I helped with the writing, but the ideas were hers.)
We had so much fun doing five senses activities during this unit. I hope you’ll enjoy using some of these resources for yourself as well!
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More five senses resources
More five senses posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Books about the five senses
- Five senses activities for preschoolers
- Sense of smell: Smelling bottles
- Sense of taste: Tasting bottles
- Sense of sight: Color grading
- Sense of touch: Thermic glasses
- Sense of touch: Sandpaper grading
- Sense of touch: Identifying 3D shapes by touch
- Sense of hearing: Making music