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The Scents of Smell

How you can help at home: Have your child explore science by testing her sense of smell.

By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

Explore the sense of smell with your child by having her guess different scents.

What you'll need

  • Five or more small containers for the scents, such as film canisters with holes poked in the top or spice bottles covered with paper. If you don't have covered containers, you can put the scents in glasses and have your child smell them with a blindfold on.
  • Five or more strong scented items such as garlic, vinegar, coffee grounds, cinnamon, vanilla, peppermint or an orange slice
  • Cotton balls to soak up the liquid scents to keep them from spilling

How to do it

Discuss the sense of smell with your child. Fill five or more containers with a different scent in them. Have your child smell each container and guess what the scent is. Then reveal the scents in the containers and have her smell them again.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

07/19/2010:
"How fun. Great idea. I am going to do this."
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