The objective of the smelling game is to discover how clever your nose is at identifying smells – and to start kids thinking about how noses work.
Prepare a set of smelling cards for the children, without them seeing what you’ve used for fragrance. Number each card and stick a little cotton wool in the centre of each using sticky tape. Collect some things that have a strong smell and add some drops of liquid or juice from them on to the cotton wool, or rub the items on the wool to transfer the aroma on to your smelling cards. You can try anything you like, but of course only use things that are safe for the children to handle and inhale. We used:
coffee :: juice from a lemon :: juice from an orange :: vinegar :: perfume :: mint leaves :: soy sauce :: lavender essential oil
Set up the challenge by laying out the cards and inviting the children to start smelling. Provide them with a clipboard, paper and pencil and see if they can work out what each smell is and write down their answers. It’s not as easy as they might think! But lots of fun – especially when your mum’s trying to take photos of your sniffing!
You can make this easier by providing a set of cards with the answers written on to see if the children can match them up with the smelly cards. They could work individually but putting them in pairs encourages lots of chat and questions.
Why do things smell? How do things make a smell? How does your nose work? Why can’t you smell so well when you have a cold? What’s your favourite smell? What’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelt?
Have fun with your brain boosting smelling!
More Brain Boosting Activities
You can see the full Brain Boost series here.
Join us next time for some midnight brain boosting!