Use baby food jars to make a sensory smelling game. I put items such as pickles, syrup, perfume, lemon, Kool-Aid and potpourri into baby food jars (two of each) and covered them with cotton or tissue paper. The children had to find the two jars that smelled the same. They really enjoyed trying to determine all the different smells.
This week my kindergartners are working on a fun center activity where they get to reach into a jar to feel shapes. I took 4 plastic jars and hot glued a sock to the end. I then cut the toe of the sock off so that the students could stick their hand inside the sock. The jar is then covered with foil. Inside each jar is one shape. First they feel it and describe it according to characteristics. Next, they draw their prediction on a worksheet I made under the heading “I feel.” Once it is drawn with pencil, the student gets to reach in and peak at the shape. They then check their prediction and redraw the shape under the heading “I see” also using the correct color crayon. The kids are having a lot of fun doing this in small groups and they are building some good vocabulary.
Take a walk with the children and bring a cassette player. As you walk ask the children what sounds they hear. Tape the sound. When you get back to the classroom, replay the sounds and have the children identify the sounds.
Make a homemade tape of various sounds around your home and/or classroom. Play the tape at group time and see how many sounds the children can identify.
Take a cardboard box and paint it any color you would like. Cut a hole in the center of the bottom of the box. Put a cloth over the hole and paint the words “Touch TV” on the bottom above the hole. Then you can use the box and put bowls of different things such as shaving cream, skinless grapes, kitty liter, sand, etc. Anything with different textures. Kids get a kick out of this and it helps teach about touch. I use this in my science time in coordination with the five senses.
The game is called, who’s missing. Have all the children sit in a group and close their eyes, next pick one preschooler to come hide in a designated area of the room where no one can see him/her. After everyone opens their eyes they look around to see who could be missing. Give clues such as, “This preschooler is wearing pink today.” Children really get excited when they get to use such memory skills.