We are learning about the Five Senses and I decided that this week, we should focus on one sense each day. Today was Smell Day. Last night I put various food items with distinctive scents into little plastic tubs, and today I sat at the science center at centers time and the kids stopped by to check out the smells.
Lemon was popular, as were cinnamon and peanutbutter. They were confused by sesame oil, and split on onions. “My mom!” exclaimed one little boy, whose English is limited. He didn’t like the smell but he was happy to be reminded of something with which his mother cooks. My vanilla smelled weird — I thought they’d love the smell, but it didn’t smell right. I wonder if storing it plastic overnight made it smell a little bitter. The vinegar was universally hated. The kids made awesome funny faces when they smelled it.
After I had closed up shop, Pumpkin and Zucchini asked if they could check out the smelling tubs (Zucchini has to spend a lot of time in the writing center each day writing people letters for their mailboxes, and Pumpkin loves the Kid K’nex we have in the block corner right now), so I said yes.
They both loved the vinegar.
“Really?!” I asked. “Are you sure? You like it?”
“Yeah!” they said, grinning. Two little thumbs up. “That smells good.”