As preschoolers learn about the five senses, it’s important to engage them in hands-on activities that help them explore and understand the world around them. One fun and educational activity is creating a five senses preschool crafts that focuses on building facial features with the five senses. This easy cut and paste printable with a template and step-by-step directions is perfect for young learners.
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Engaging young children in interactive activities is a great way to enhance their learning experience.
Exploring the five senses—touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste—through hands-on crafts can be both educational and fun.
In this blog post, we will guide you through step-by-step directions for creating a senses-themed craft, along with a downloadable template to trace the senses.
Get ready to stimulate your preschoolers’ senses with these exciting activities!
Before I share this super cute five senses activity craft, I’m going to share some super easy and fun activities you can incorporate to teach the senses.
Activity 1: Sense of Touch – Texture Collage
- Cut out a large circle from the colored construction paper as the base of your collage.
- Collect various materials with different textures, such as sandpaper, cotton balls, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, and tissue paper.
- Assist your preschooler in gluing these materials onto the circle, encouraging them to describe each texture as they go.
- Allow the collage to dry, and discuss how different textures feel on their fingertips.
Activity 2: Sense of Sight – Colorful Binoculars
- Cut out two identical rectangles from colored construction paper. These will serve as the main part of the binoculars.
- Glue or tape the rectangles together, leaving a small gap in the center for your preschooler to look through.
- Decorate the binoculars with markers or crayons, encouraging your child to use different colors.
- Discuss how the binoculars help them see things clearly and identify colors in their environment.
Activity 3: Sense of Smell – Scented Sensory Bags
- Cut out several small squares from the colored construction paper.
- Place a cotton ball on each square and add a drop of a different scented essential oil or extract onto the cotton ball.
- Fold the square in half and secure the edges with glue or tape, creating small scented bags.
- Encourage your preschooler to smell each bag and identify the different scents.
Activity 4: Sense of Hearing – Sound Shakers
- Cut out two identical shapes (e.g., circles, squares, or hearts) from colored construction paper.
- Decorate one of the shapes with markers or crayons.
- Place dried rice, beans, or small pebbles on the undecorated shape.
- Glue the decorated shape on top of the other, sealing the edges and creating a sound shaker.
- Shake the shaker and discuss the different sounds it produces, encouraging your child to listen attentively.
Activity 5: Sense of Taste – Flavorful Fruit Popsicles
- Prepare a variety of fruit juices with different flavors, such as orange, apple, grape, and strawberry.
- Pour each juice flavor into separate sections of an ice cube tray.
- Place a popsicle stick into each section and freeze until solid.
- Once frozen, remove the fruit popsicles from the tray and let your preschooler taste each one, discussing the different flavors and their taste buds.
Body Parts Five Senses
So, I have made several activities to target teaching all about the five senses.
These include some super fun digital activities for the five senses, it’s great for a preschool theme or a perfect way to add it to a senses theme.
Checkout the digital version of the five senses activities on TinyTap below.
I’ve also included these as printable pack on TPT:
Engaging preschoolers in sensory play is a perfect way to introduce them to the five senses while promoting their cognitive and sensory development.
By creating these crafts and engaging in the accompanying activities, young children can explore their sense of touch, sight, smell, hearing, and taste in a fun and interactive manner.
Remember to provide supervision and assistance as needed, and enjoy these exciting senses-themed activities with your little ones!
More five senses activities
Get ready to create anchor charts, go on nature walks, conduct taste tests, and much more with these exciting activities!
Senses Anchor Chart: Create an anchor chart with your preschoolers to visually represent the five senses. Use colorful markers and large sheets of paper to draw and label each sense.
Encourage children to contribute their ideas and thoughts about how each sense works.
This collaborative activity will provide a solid foundation for the rest of your senses-themed lessons.
Nature Walk and Scavenger Hunt: Take your young kids on a nature walk to explore the different items and materials found in their environment.
Encourage them to touch the bark of trees, smell flowers, listen for birds chirping, and observe the sights around them.
You can also prepare a scavenger hunt where they can search for specific objects or textures, such as smooth rocks or soft leaves.
This outdoor adventure will ignite their senses and create lasting memories.
Texture Collage (2): Following up on the texture collage activity mentioned earlier, here’s another fun way to engage your preschoolers.
Provide them with a variety of small objects, such as buttons, feathers, pasta shapes, and ribbons.
Have them use glue and paper plates to create a collage, arranging the objects according to their textures.
Add these Touch and Feel Board Books to your activities all about senses and you’re set!
This hands-on activity will allow them to explore different materials and further develop their fine motor skills.
Blind Taste Test: Organize a blind taste test using different flavors, such as sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
Cut out small pieces of fruit or vegetables and place them on separate paper plates. Using a cookie cutter, shape the pieces into fun and recognizable shapes.
Blindfold your preschoolers and have them taste each piece, guessing the flavor.
This fantastic fun activity not only stimulates their sense of taste but also enhances their ability to recognize different flavors.
Five Senses Preschool Crafts
Exploring the Senses in a Fun and Engaging Way can be so much fun!
Preschool activities that engage children in sensory learning can be some of the best ways to foster their cognitive development and enhance their fine motor skills.
Check out this super cute preschool five senses craft below. You only need a few materials and you’re on your way to FUN five senses themed fun!
• Pink colored paper
• Templates provided
• Blue colored paper
• Yellow colored paper
• Black colored paper
• Red colored paper
• Paper plate
• Liquid glue
Print the templates provided and carefully cut the pieces out using scissors.
Attach the hand piece to color yellow paper and carefully cut it out.
Again using scissors.
Attach the hair piece to black colored paper and cut it out again using scissors.
Paste the small pieces to blue and yellow colored paper and carefully cut it out again using scissors.
Attach them into small cut pieces using liquid glue.
Attach the ears and nose pieces to pink colored paper and cut it out using scissors.
Attach the mouth and tongue pieces to red and pink colored paper and carefully cut it out using scissors.
Attach all the pieces together and here you go! Your 5 senses are now complete.
You can totally hand this super fun craft on your bulletin board or even send it home with them!
Be sure to get your download of the templates at the bottom of this post.
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