Montessori Scent Matching

Activities & Materials / Sensorial

Fe Fi Fo Fum, we smell the scent of a new activity!           

In a blog a couple of weeks back ‘Would you like a cup of tea, Mommy?’ we used tea as a sensory experience.  Now we want to step things up a notch and get your child recognizing the difference between the smells and tastes of the tea – and seeing if they can match them into groups.  This exercises their concentration and sensory awareness.

Raid your herbal tea stores again, and pick out any tea bags that you have two or more of.  The more pungent smelling the better.

Picture Credit: S Baker (Flickr)

Picture Credit: S Baker (Flickr)

We say….while we are busy getting our homes full of festive cheer, why not spruce up your activities to make them seem extra jolly?!

To make the activity more fun and festive, try putting them in a small box and wrapping it like a present. Request that your child smells the present before unwrapping… “can you smell anything honey?”

Once they have unwrapped the box, both of you carefully take the tea bags out of their envelopes and place in a pile together.  Ask your child to go through and smell each one, and put the ones that match together.  If they find this easy, bring things up a notch and blindfold them as they do this.

If you use an abundance of fruity teas which smell similar, this may make things too hard (depending on the age of your child), so for young children we recommend easily differentiated teas such as mint, chamomile, rooibos, ginger, lemon, raspberry, chai.

Ask them which smell they like the best and brew a cup of (not hot!) tea to enjoy together.

Perfume bottles

To further exercise their sense of smell, use perfume bottles (you can buy these specially, but you can also use simple jam jars or egg cups).  Go through your bathroom cabinet and pull together any perfumes or creams with a strong scent.  Dip two cotton wool balls in each scent, and put them in the jars.  They ask your child to match them into pairs.

Have you got any other good activities that exercise the sense of smell? We are always on the look out for great new ideas so do let us know!

 

 

 

 

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Pippa Woodhead

Having spent most of her school years bored stiff, Pippa didn’t discover Montessori education until her mid-twenties. Now a fanatic of the method, she not only believes it is by far the best education system for children, but also feels adults can learn a lot from it too. Her favorite Maria Montessori quote is: "Childhood constructs with what it finds. If the material is poor, the construction is also poor."
Pippa Woodhead


Having spent most of her school years bored stiff, Pippa didn’t discover Montessori education until her mid-twenties. Now a fanatic of the method, she not only believes it is by far the best education system for children, but also feels adults can learn a lot from it too. Her favorite Maria Montessori quote is: "Childhood constructs with what it finds. If the material is poor, the construction is also poor."

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