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BLAST Early Learning
Five Senses


FIVE for a little one FIVE for a little one  by Chris Raschka
A young rabbit explores the world using his five senses.


Hello Ocean Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Uncover the secrets of the sea and find something new to love with each encounter.  A little girl’s senses find many treasures in the ocean.

My Five Senses - AlikiMy Five Senses by Aliki
The five senses are discovered by using common sensations such as petting a bunny, licking ice cream, and hearing a fire engine.



Sensory Activity :

We used our senses to explore the ocean by smelling and tasting salt water, looking at and touching different sea shells, and listening to the ocean in a big conch shell.



Listen to These Words

(tune of “Old MacDonald”)

What’s the sound that these words share?

Listen to these words.

Sniff and smell are these words.

Tell me what you’ve heard.

With a /s/ /s/ here, and a /s/ /s/ there.

Here a /s/, there a /s/, everywhere a /s/ /s/.

/s/ is the sound that these words share

Listen for the sound.

Here are some other words you could use:

feel and fingers

touch and taste



Vocabulary Word:

scent: n. A certain smell, usually a good one

Example:  “Sample scents of flowers and foods, oceans and woods”

(taken from FIVE for a little one by Chris Raschka)




  • Make your own peephole viewer by cutting a shape out of the middle and hold it over different objects or pictures.  See if the children can guess what they are seeing.
  • Give the children a different view of the world.  Put colored cellophane over the end of toilet paper tubes and let them look through them.


  • Play short clips from a tape or CD of sound effects.  Have the children name the sounds they hear.
  • Create “Sound Matching Shakers.”  Fill film canisters with items such as dry beans, rice, popcorn, paperclips, seeds, marbles, a penny, etc.  Secure them tightly.  Make 2 of each for the children to match based on their sound.


  • Make a texture book!  Have the children sort paper or material scraps with different textures.  After you have sorted them, make a page with each type of texture (rough, soft, etc.).  When you are finished gluing the scraps to the pages, put the pages together to make a book.


  • Put different liquids (lemon juice, sugar water, salt water) in bottles and let the children smell each one.  Have the children describe what they smelled.   Ask, "How were the scents different?  Which one was your favorite?"
  • Shaving Cream Art — Add a few drops of paint to shaving cream.  Have the children use this to paint with.   Not mixing the paint in will give it a special look.                                


  • Blindfold the children and do a taste-test.  Ask them questions about what they tasted.


My Five Senses

My Five Senses  by Margaret Miller
This picture book offers a simple introduction to the five senses and explains to young readers how the senses help people experience the world around them.


You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear

You Can’t Taste a Pickle With Your Ear by Harriet Ziefert 
Using a combination of clear information and gentle humor, along with fresh art and simple diagrams, this playfully-written book introduces young children to their five senses.


Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
by Bill Martin Jr. 

The sense of hearing is explored through simple rhymes and colorful illustrations in this beloved classic.


Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr.
This book is about various animals and the animals they see. They describe the other animal by its color and its species. This book develops a pattern so that an emergent reader can read this book independently.