Originally published February 14, 2013
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God’s Little Explorers Week 20
- Theme: ”v” is for Vision (Five Senses)
- Bible Story: The Blind Man Sees (John 9)
- Bible Verse: “…I was blind, and now I can see.” John 9:25
- Letter: v
- Color: Green
Here are a few activities we did:
We read the story of Jesus restoring the blind man’s sight from The Big Picture Bible.
After the story, I let the girls play with play dough and gave them two wiggly eyes (I got the idea from my friend Jenae at I Can Teach My Child). My middle daughter wanted to get a little more elaborate and create a man, stick the eyes on his head, and cover them with “mud”.
I put several different foods/spices into cups. After blindfolding my youngest, we let her smell them to see if she could figure out what they were. We had peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin, blueberries, banana, and coffee in the cups, and she got all of them right! Then, I had her keep on the blindfold and she did a taste test.
Make your own “Five Senses Booklet” by folding a sheet of paper in half length-wise. Cut the top part of the paper to make five sections. Have your child draw (or you can draw) a small picture for each sense: an eye for vision, a nose for smell, mouth for taste, ear for hear, and a hand for touch. Label with words.
Next, find pictures in magazines to go with each sense. Glue the item under the correct sense. Use the booklet to review the five senses.
One day we finally had snow and the girls played outside. They ran across this neat ice leaf and it was in-the-moment sensory experience!
I filled up 12 plastic eggs with six different kinds of materials. I filled two eggs each with separate items: beans, salt, pom poms, jingle bells, and oatmeal. Then, I left two of the eggs empty. I put them in an empty egg carton and asked my daughter to shake them and find the matching eggs.
One afternoon was particularly nice (for winter!), so we played outdoors. I focused in on each sense and asked them questions: What do you hear? What do you see? Pick up some leaves…what do they feel like? Can you smell anything today? I didn’t have them taste anything, however!