The 5 Senses for 3-5 year olds

Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling. These are the five senses. The 5 Senses are the special ways that living things can learn and know about the world around us. Each one is special and helps us do so many things together – like reading!

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Read Together

Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again.

Sounds at Night!

  • Why couldn’t Pappu the puppy sleep?
  • What animals were making noise around the forest?
  • What sounds wake you up at night?

Sweet Smells

  • What are some things the character smells?
  • What smells good? What smells bad?
  • What is your favorite smell?

What Does Anu See?

  • What are some things that Anu sees?
  • Where does Anu like to look at things?
  • Can you find five things that Anu saw in your own home?


Unathi y la bestia sucia y maloliente

  • What are the main scents used in the story?
  • What animal is the beast?

Mis Cinco Sentidos

  • What are your five senses?
  • What part of your body do you use for:
      • smelling?
      • tasting?
      • seeing?
      • listening?
      • touching?

Que Olor Tan Dulce

    • What are some things the character smells?
    • What smells good? What smells bad?
    • What is your favorite smell?

Dulce Y Amargo

    • Can you think of 3 foods that taste sweet?
    • Can you think of 3 foods that taste sour?

Things to do Together

Let’s use our senses:


  • Choose a few objects that make a sound (keys rattling, paper crumpling, scissors opening and closing, paper tearing, fingers snapping). Make the noise behind your back and see if your child can identify what it is.
  • Listening game: Have your child sit in the middle of the room – walk quietly around them and say their name from different spots in the room. Can they point to where you are standing each time you speak? 


  • Spray a small amount of shaving cream on a smooth surface (a baking sheet/tray or the bottom of the bathtub) and let your child spread it out and draw a picture in it using their finger. How does the shaving cream feel?
  • Choose some small toys to put into a pillowcase – can your child tell you what they toys are by putting their hand into the pillowcase and feeling the shape of each one? No peeking!


  • Did you know that you can smell plants by rubbing the leaves between your fingers and then smelling them? Take a walk around your yard or neighborhood and see what different plants smell like.


  • Have your child close their eyes while you feed them small amounts of food (this could be a dinner time game). Can they tell you what food it is without looking? What sense helped them figure it out (smell)


  • Play “I spy” by choosing something you both can see and giving your child clues about it. For example, “I spy with my little eye something green” – leaf of a tree

Play a Senses Discovery Game | Elinor Wonders Why from our partners Austin PBS

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did. 

  • Can you remember what your five senses are?
  • Which one do you think you use the most?
  • Which one do you think you use the least?

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