Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Name That Smell Game

Wednesdays with Whitney

One summer in college I worked as an outdoor camp counselor. Since the first few nights sleeping outside in the dark can be scary for some children we played games to teach the kids to use all of their senses, not just their sight. This game requires plenty of pungent and spicy smelling foods and blindfolds to help heighten the kids sense of smell.

You Will Need:

1. At least 10 strong smelling foods and spices including, but not limited to: pepper, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, mint, peanut butter, citrus fruits, onions, mustard, cinnamon, and vinegar.

2. Cups or small containers

3. Blindfolds

4. Aluminum foil


1. Cut, shred, or mince strong smelling foods and pour the fragrant ingredients into a cup or a small plastic container.

2. Cover the cups or small containers with foil and carefully punch tiny holes in the foil to allowing the object to be easily smelled.

3. Have the kids close their eyes or wear blindfolds and hold their cup up to their noses to guess what food the fragrance comes from.

References: Project and photos by Stephanie Felzenberg. Don't forget to stop by next Wednesday for a fun project by Whitney Ziebartth and to check out her new venture Nanny Magazine at Take the Nanny Magazine survey for nannies at

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