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Songs & Fingerplays

Touch The Hands - Action Verse/Fingerplay

Act out the following action verse using your hands. Ask you children/students, what other body part opens and shuts? (Your eyes.) Do the verse with your eyes.

Open, Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.

Open, shut them
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

I Use My Five Senses - sung to "The Farmer in the Dell" (author unknown)

I use my eyes to see, I use my eyes to see,
And when I want to see a star, I use my eyes to see.
I use my nose to smell, I use my nose to smell,
And when I want to smell a flower, I use my nose to smell.
I use my tongue to taste, I use my tongue to taste,
And when I want to taste a peach, I use my tongue to taste.
I use my ears to hear, I use my ears to hear,
And when I want to hear a bird, I use my ears to hear.
I use my hands to touch, I use my hands to touch,
And when I want to touch a cat, I use my hands to touch.

Arts & Crafts

Stop and Smell the Flowers - (author unknown)

Need: Baking cups, markers, glue, paper, cotton, cologne

Directions: Have your children make flowers by coloring baking cups with markers and glue on construction paper stems and leaves? Spray cotton balls with cologne or air freshener, and have the children glue a fragrant cotton ball to the center of each "blossom." When the flowers are dry, display them on the wall or bulletin board and invite visitors to "stop and smell the flowers."

Theme Ideas

Sensory Tray

Take an ice cube tray and fill it with an object that has to feel different (some example might be sandpaper, slime, net, fur, dough, felt, silk, cork, grass, bark, leaves, sponge) Let your children feel the different objects and talk about the differences with them.

~ Submitted by Tina

The Sense of Taste - Popcorn

Prepare popcorn for snack time. Divide popped corn into three bowls. Season one bowl of popcorn with Parmesan cheese, one bowl with salt, and one bowl with sugar. Let children taste the three different flavored popcorns and identify the substance on the popcorn in each bowl. Make a chart to define the favorite popcorn flavor.

The Sense of Sight - What's Missing?

Present children with a box of small objects such as a crayon, scissors, a pencil, an earring, a cookie cutter, etc. Let children select four or five items from the box. Put the items on the table. Have children close their eyes, and then remove one of the items. Have children open their eyes and ask them to tell you what the missing item is. Continue the game, changing the items.


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