Activity 2: Stop and Smell the Flowers
In this section the children will learn to experience the world through smell, like many animals do. They will learn about the importance of scent to creatures, such as birds and bees, and how even they connect certain smells with certain places.
- Paper flowers
- Essential oils
- Music from Colombia
- Film containers
- Cotton balls
Stop to Smell the Flowers!
- Scent paper flowers with a tree-based essential oil, such as cinnamon, eucalyptus, allspice, hibiscus, chocolate and/or vanilla.
- Tape the flowers to the floor.
- Encourage children to fly around the room and buzz like bees or flap their wings like bats or birds while the music is playing.
- Stop the music several times, and have the children find a flower, bend down, and smell it. Explain how smell attracts pollinators to flowers to help spread their seeds.
Rainforest Smells (chart their reactions!)
- Put small amounts of fragrant rainforest products into film containers. Add a cotton ball to containers with liquids. Put small squares of clean nylons over the tops of the containers. Drill one hole in each lid, and then secure the lids over the nylons. Vary the number of smells according to the age of your group. Number each container.
- Make a chart on which children can record their reactions to each numbered smell by drawing smiley faces, sad faces or confused faces.
Show them how to smell unfamiliar or strong smells by waving their hand over the smell instead of inhaling them.
- Ask: Which smells do you recognize? Where were you when you smelled them? What do you think about when you smell this one?