A Sensory Experience
As they learn about the five senses it helps preschoolers to navigate the sensory world around them. Through these sensory experiences we are also promoting an acceptance of differences among our peers.
In the Cool Crocodiles class we have just begun to learn about our five senses and during one experience involving the humble ‘banana’ we discovered how our senses work and also that not everyone in the class had the same response to the sensory questions.
In this experience children first had to use their ears to ‘hear’ some clues about what the mystery object would be. Once we had discovered it was some bananas we then talked about what senses we would use when describing a banana to our friends.
First we decided to ‘touch’ the banana to see what it felt like. Prior to this we had also been learning about the meaning of words such as ‘rough’, ‘smooth’, ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ so we were well equipped with some appropriate language in order to describe how the banana felt! We realized we could use not only our hands to touch and feel but also other parts of our body such as our face.
We then looked carefully at the banana as we knew ‘sight’ was a helpful sense for us to see things. Some interesting responses were heard when we shared what we thought the banana looked like. Some answers included ‘moon’, ‘boat’ and of course…”It just looks like a banana!”.
Smelling the banana was next and we knew exactly what to use…our noses! Once again we realized not everyone had the same idea as the answers varied from ‘yucky’, ‘yummy’, ‘vegetables’ and ‘hot dogs!’
Finally the part we had all been waiting for was to ‘taste’ the banana! The general consensus was ‘yummy’ but we also found out who did not like bananas which allowed the children to appreciate differences amongst their peers.
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