The Five Senses - Lesson 7: Altogether, Now
ACTIVITY: All Five
Student say that we can learn more about the world if we use our five
senses at the same time.
Pieces of orange, carrot, celery, cantaloupe, grapefruit, potato, apple,
pear, banana, with the peel of each cut off; wrap each piece in a piece of
- Do not show the students the food or tell students which foods you are
using; tell them that they are to identify each food using only one sense at a
- Blindfold one group of students (about 1/2
of the class) and give them a combination of three wrapped pieces of food (for
example, apple, pear, potato) to identify by smell only.
- After identifying the foods by smell, the children pick out the cards with
the names of the foods they guessed, open the packages and check the results.
- Next, blindfold another group (about
of the class) and give them a combination of three wrapped pieces of food to
identify by touch only.
- After identifying the foods by touch, and selecting the appropriate name
cards, the children open the packages and check the results.
- The last group does not wear blindfolds. Give this group the three wrapped
pieces of food to identify by touch, smell and appearance. They, too, select the
appropriate name cards.
- Which group of children was able to identify the foods most easily? Why?
- If this had been a contest, would it have been fair to award the prize to the
last group? Why?
- What does this activity tell you about the way we learn if we use our five
- Which foods were the easiest to guess? Why?
- Which foods were the hardest to guess? Why?