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Experimenting with our Sense of Smell

Sense of Smell

The children in EY2 Yellow have been exploring how their sense of smell can be active in play and their daily lives. (Who We Are Unit of Inquiry: We use our bodies to learn about the world’.) We gathered herbs from the ICS Garden and from our very own Sensory Garden in our courtyard area. We used mortar and pestles to grind and to combine these fresh ingredients together. We discovered that by mixing different leaves and herbs together we could make different smells.

Selecting fresh herbs to use in the mortar and pestle
Selecting fresh herbs to use in the mortar and pestle
Gathering herbs from our Sensory Garden in the courtyard to use for our smelling activity
Gathering herbs from our Sensory Garden in the courtyard to use for our smelling activity

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 “(Are) you making a stinky salad?” Noa

“Mehr krauter (More herbs).” Moritz

“This soup is so yummy… Green is yummy soup!” Dayou

Fresh herbs collected from our Sensory Garden in our courtyard and the ICS Garden
Fresh herbs collected from our Sensory Garden in our courtyard and the ICS Garden
Selecting fresh herbs to use
Selecting fresh herbs to use
Smelling the different herbs
Smelling the different herbs
Selection of dry ingredients to use in the mortar and pestle.
Selection of dry ingredients to use in the mortar and pestle.
Working together to use the mortar and pestle to grind ingredients
Working together to use the mortar and pestle to grind ingredients

After experimenting with the fresh herbs the children were invited to use the same technique and equipment, but with a variety of dry ingredients. The smells that the children created with the dry ingredients were far more powerful and varied than the ones made from the fresh ingredients. Some of these scents reminded the children of familiar people, places or foods from their daily lives.

 “Ahhhhhh!” Maxi G

“Yummy?” Dayou

“Yes … It smells like some food. I know what it is … It smells so yummy. I forgot. No it’s a food … FRIED RICE!” Maxi G

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Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Exploring together
Exploring together
Sharing discoveries and experiences together
Sharing discoveries and experiences together

There was lots of discussion related to smelling and how we use it in our daily lives. It was impressive to observe the level of collaboration between the children as they worked with commitment and purpose throughout the time that the mortar and pestles were available.

Grinding ingredients together in the motar and pestle
Grinding ingredients together in the motar and pestle

Through seven figures come sensations for a man; there is hearing for sounds, sight for the visible, nostril for smell, tongue for pleasant or unpleasant tastes, mouth for speech, body for touch, passages outwards and inwards for hot or cold breath. Through these come knowledge or lack of it.

Hippocrates

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