Last week we learned about the letter U and our five senses: touch, hearing, sight, smell, and taste. These are some of the activities we did:
First, we read My Five Senses and My Hands, both by Aliki.
For a touch activity, the kids closed their eyes and touched foam numbers to try to guess which ones they were holding.
We went on a texture walk, finding objects that were smooth, rough, wet, dry, soft, and hard.
Then we ate our hand snack.
We read The Listening Walk. This was my son's favorite book when he was about two or three years old (he's five now). We haven't read it since then (it was a library book) so I was curious to see if he would remember it. His eyes lit up when he saw it. I asked him if he remembered it and he smiled and said yes. :) We went on our own listening walk afterwards.
I had the kids close their eyes and turn around while I used various objects to make sounds. The kids tried to guess what the sounds were: a zipper zipping, a ball bouncing, index cards flipping, rocks rubbing against each other, Legos snapping, scissors cutting, a rubber band flicking, and a tape measure retracting.
We made musical instruments and then we played a game with them where I called out words, and if the word began with a U they played their instruments. The instrument on the left is my son's guitar. He was very proud of the fact that he made it all by himself, just like Daddy, who made the guitar in the middle. And my daughter made the maraca on the right.
We read The Eye Book.
We played a game where I placed six animal toys in front of the kids, and had them turn around while I removed one. Then they looked and tried to guess which object was missing.
I also made this yummy eye snack:
While blindfolded, the kids smelled different "smell jars" to guess what the smell was. To make these I just dipped cotton balls in water and then covered them each in a different flavoring, like cinnamon, taco seasoning, and vanilla. When my daughter smelled the cinnamon she said, "Can I just smell it again cause I love it!"
And finally, we tasted bitter, sweet, salty, and sour foods.