I do a ton of teaching using my students’ names, as regular Fun-A-Day readers know! Here’s a 5 senses activity that’s centered on learning with names. I love that it’s a simple, engaging process for the kiddos. Plus, it yields a deliciously-scented name!
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make scented names with this 5 senses activity for preschool
Write the child’s name on a piece of construction paper (or card stock). Help the child trace over the letters in her name with the glue.
Let the kiddo sprinkle gelatin all over the name. Encourage her to make sure the glue is entirely covered!
Help the child pour off the extra gelatin powder, then observe what happens next. We watched as the glue ended up getting the gelatin powder wet. This led to the color of the powder becoming more apparent. While I’m always a sucker for the color purple, I ended up liking the blue more this time around. It was just more vibrant.
Let the scented name dry. Once it is, the name can be put up around the home or in the classroom. It should remain scented for a while. If the kiddo wants to, she can scratch at it a little bit to bring out more of the scent.
This super simple 5 senses activity yields so much early learning! Here are some of the concepts it touches on:
- Left-to-right progression of the English language
- Letter identification
- Letter formation
- Letters work together to make words
- Sensory exploration – especially seeing, touching, and smelling
Would your kiddos enjoy making scratch-and-sniff names? What’s another 5 senses activity that’s always a hit in your home or classroom?
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Learning Names in Preschool with ALL 5 Senses! via The Preschool Toolbox
Scratch and Sniff Names via Fun-A-Day
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All About Me Math Race via Still Playing School
DIY My Name Puzzle Printable Template via Learning 2 Walk
Name Recognition Snack via Munchkins and Moms
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All About Me DIY Puzzles for Preschoolers via Life Over C’s