Are you learning about the five senses in your homeschool? Smelling and Tasting are two of the five senses. Since these two senses work together to help us smell and taste things it makes sense to teach about them together.
This post is part of the Learning About the Five Senses Series
It is a lot of fun to explain the sense of taste and smell with your children. I love seeing them connect the idea that if you can’t smell, you can’t taste anything. It is odd to think about, but they will learn very quickly as you begin to teach this concept. Without our sense of smell, food doesn’t really taste like much of anything. A great way to explore this is through some fun science experiments.
When your children do hands on activities that use their senses, they get immersed in what they are learning. My children always seem to remember our science projects that involved fun things like eating and trying out new things. Especially when food is involved! I think you will have a lot of fun with these different hands on activities and experiments.
Learn about taste and smell with these hands on activities:
Let’s dig deeper with learning about the nose and the tongue and how it works in our bodies:
To learn more about smelling you may want to study the nose and what it does.
The sense of smell is called olfaction. This is a special sense that helps us to understand what it is that we are smelling. Our brain automatically knows when something smells good or when something smells bad like rotten foods. Olfaction also effects how we taste things.
To learn more about tasting you will want to learn about the tongue.
The sense of taste comes from a combination of the gustatory system and the olfactory system. The gustatory system is the system that is responsible for the perception of what we taste when food hits our taste buds. This includes our throat and our mouth, as well as what we are smelling as we are tasting something.
If you are learning about the different body systems, you may also be interested in these resources:
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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