Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Science Activity - What's That Smell?

Our Sid the Science Kid activity for this week was called "What's that Smell?"  We recently explored our sense of  touch, and coming up I'll share our exploration of taste, but for this week we are exploring with our noses!

First I gathered up our supplies.  I filled bowls with cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, and pickle juice.  I also gabbed a tube of toothpaste and a bottle of tea tree essential oil.

Then I blind folded the kids.  Mackenzie had a hard time keeping hers on =)

Then I took each item, one at a time, and waved it in front of their noses.  Trevor correctly guessed the cinnamon, pickle juice, and honey.  He thought the peanut butter was oatmeal, but that was understandable because I have put peanut butter in his oatmeal before.  He peeked when I put the toothpaste in front of his nose, and the wasn't sue about the tea tree oil.  I think Mackenzie peeked for all of them =)

Then the kids got to take their blind folds off and explore the food items with their other senses to see if they guessed right!  Mostly they just wanted to eat the honey.

Then Trevor had a great idea...he wondered what would happen if we mixed all the items together.  So we mixed the food items (minus the pickle juice!) and they enjoyed eating it.  He also wanted to know what would happen if we heated it up (he thought it would get softer), so I put the concoction in the microwave for a few seconds and sure enough it got a little softer!

Mostly Mackenzie just wanted to drink the pickle juice...yuck!

If this activity sounds fun to you and your kids, check out this and other Sid the Science Kid episodes!

Have you done any experiments with your senses or other fun science activities with your children?  I'd love to hear about it!

Happy Exploring!

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  1. Oh fun! My kids adore Sid the Science kid...why have I never done his experiments at home?! Thanks!

  2. I did a similar thing with my kids and want to do a senses week coming up. http://www.meaningfulmama.com/2012/01/day-26-sensory-cooking.html Thanks for sharing.

  3. I remember doing experiments like this when I was little. Anything blindfolded is just so much more fun. We loved it.:)

  4. The kids look like they had a blast with this experiment! Love everything you've shared on the senses so far! We are going to do hearing/ sounds next week!

  5. oh fun! I remember doing this as a little kid too! I'd love to have you share this with our readers for our Fun Stuff Fridays link up. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/fun-stuff-fridays-11.html

    1. Yes of course! I'll be there on Friday to link up =)

  6. The sock blindfold is genius!

    Love this exploration and all credit to your daughter for drinking the pickle juice! Yuck!

    Thanks for linking to science sparks Fun Sparks!

  7. Oh how fun! What a fun experiment for them. I'm sure they enjoyed that silly time with Mama! How fun :)

  8. How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  9. Thank you every for visiting and for the kind comments!

  10. What a wonderful science lesson! I love how they wanted to mix everything together afterward! Thank you so much for sharing this at Teach Me Tuesday!

  11. This looks so fun for the kids! Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  12. What fun!!! I love playing & learning that involves using the senses!! Thanks for linking up at TGIF - see you tomorrow =-)

  13. what fun! will have to try this soon

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha xx



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