When my daughter started asking me for a unit about the human body, I thought it would be fun to start by learning about the five senses. This seemed like an ideal unit of study for two preschoolers. Plus, Montessori education is big about stimulating and developing the senses, so I felt that many of our Montessori-inspired activities would fit perfectly into this unit.
When people talk about the “five senses,” they are referring to sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. But did you know that humans actually have more than five senses? Although we still talk about the five basic senses, humans also have senses for balance, pressure, temperature, pain, motion, and more. For the sake of simplicity, however, our unit study focused solely on the five basic senses and did not cover any of these other “new” senses.
If you are planning a five senses unit study, I believe you’ll find lots of useful ideas below!
My learning objectives for our five senses lessons included:
- Kids will understand that we use our five senses to understand and know the world around us
- Kids will be able to name each of their five senses
- Kids will know which body organ is associated with each of their five basic senses
- Kids will understand that we use different senses when exploring different objects
Below you will find all of the posts related to the five senses that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity.