Touch, smell, sight, hearing, and sound make up our five senses that help us experience the world around us. Help your kids see how we rely on these senses everyday for our survival with these fun 5 senses activities for kids.
Once you start talking about senses, your kids will see the world around them in a whole new light.
We rely on our senses to keep us safe from pain, heat, cold, rotten foods and so much more.
What are the five senses?
The brain is responsible for interpreting sounds, taste, smells, seeing objects and sensing touch for our body.
Each of the senses help us to interact with the world around us and to help us sense danger.
The taste buds on our tongue can sense four different flavors: bitter, sweet, salty, and sour. An adult tongue can have 2000 to 4000 taste buds. They have receptors on them that can sense varying intensities of flavor and they not only sense just one flavor but they may sense two or three with half of the receptors in one region only being able to sense one flavor to see how intense that flavor is.
Tasting food that is off or not right helps you know not to eat that food that may cause you to have a stomach ache or worse.
In your nose you have smell receptors, the smell travels up your nose to the top of the nasal cavity near the part of the brains responsible for smell, the olfactory bulb and fossa. Nerve endings in the nasal cavity send signals to the brain about the smell.
Smell is important because it prevents up from eating rotten food or smell burning from smoke or food or that we know to check.
There are different receptors in our skin that send signals to the brain about temperature, pressure, vibration and pain like heat.
The process where you see an object is very complex. The light reflects off the object into your your eye. It passes through your cornea and into your pupil until it bends and is received by the rod and cone receptors behind your eye. There are millions of these receptors.
Sound waves travel through our ear through the ear canal to get to our ear drum through the middle ear that has three small bones. The vibrations are sensed in the organ of Corti by tiny hairs that convert it into electrical impulses that travel to the brain.
Recommended 5 Senses Books for Kids
Try any of these five senses books to bring your senses alive. Learn more about each sense and see how we use them in our daily life.
The Listening WalkLook, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses (The Amazing Body)The Magic School Bus Explores the SensesMy Five Senses (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)My First Book About the Five Senses (Dover Children’s Science Books)The Five Senses
When learning about the human body, the 5 senses are an important lesson to add when studying the nervous system. As the center of control for our entire body the brain has many jobs to do all at once.
Your eyes are looking out for danger near you with your sight.
It’s smelling danger around you with your nose that can’t be seen like smoke or dangerous chemicals.
Your brain is feeling for danger with your sense touch so that you’re not touch anything pokey, too hard or too hot or cold.
Your brain is listening for any danger that may come near you, a tree falling, a wild animal or a brother charging through.
Your brain alerts you to the taste of expired food or food that was not cooked properly.
All just to keep your body safe but also to let you know when good food, family or friends are near too so it can keep you safe and make you happy.