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“Guess the Smell” game

This is an easy and  fun sensory activity that children really enjoy.  All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children.  Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top.  Each child takes a turn to smell the container contents and guess what it is.  It is a good idea to unveil the item in its original form after the guess has been made.  Here are some example items:

  • cinnamon
  • garlic
  • coffee
  • oinon
  • teabag
  • laundry soap
  • toothpaste
  • shaving cream
  • perfume

This game can be adapted seasonally as well. You can, for example, add wet leaves and pumpkin guts at Thanksgiving. Gingerbread and candy canes are fun at Christmas.

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