I don’t think I’m the only one itching for spring. Now that Christmas is long gone, winter seems less cozy and more dreary. We might have to wait another month for the warm weather, but we don’t have to wait to start preparing all the fun and educational things we want to do with our kids!
This is a sensory exploration I did as a child and really enjoyed. Since then, I’ve used it many times with different groups of children as well as individuals. Optimum for Grades 1-5. Click here to download this “Sense of Spring” chart. It’s pictured here on A3 paper, but the PDF prints on 3 regular (A4) sheets of paper.
Your child should pick a place outside where they can sit for 10 minutes or so (some kids will sit for much longer), just observing their surroundings, and taking note of everything they see, hear, feel, smell, and taste. Parental guidance is needed regarding what they are allowed to taste.
After filling in the first column about WHAT they perceive through their senses, they should fill in the second column explaining what they already know about the different stimuli they sensed.
Finally, they should go a step further, researching about a few of the stimuli to learn more details about them, and record their new findings in the third column (What I Learn). This can include a more in-depth observation of something (a particular bird or insect, for example), or a trip to the library or online research.
It’s a simple activity, but a great way to help kids develop an awareness of the importance of their senses and how their senses can help them learn. It’s also a good way for them to develop a greater understanding of their environment and its individual components.
I hope your kids have fun and learn a lot!