Today, we are stimulating the sense of 👃🏻SMELL with the variety of soaps during this Montessori Sensorial Activity.
What is Sensorial Work? Sensorial comes from the word "sense," where a child is able to concentrate on the refinement of all the senses, from visual to stereognostic. The purpose of sensorial work is for the child to acquire conscious information and to be able to then make classifications in his/her environment. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that sensorial experiences began at birth. Through senses, the child studies the environment, beginning to understand his/her place in it. The child, to Dr. Montessori, is a “sensorial explorer."
All of the Sensorial materials were designed to isolates just 1❗️quality which is to be worked with by a child, thus allowing for intense focus and a deeper refinement of that one quality, without distractions from other senses. Today, we are triggering the sense of 👃🏻SMELL.
What you will need:
🔹a 🙈 blindfold to isolate the sense of 👃🏻smell without any 👀 visual assistance,
🔹matching pairs of soap similar in textual appearance to each other so that the child is not assisted by a 🖐🏻tactile sense,
A child focuses ONLY on the sense of 👃🏻smell while matching the pairs of soap.
Other ways to stimulate the sense of smell is to utilize your kitchen: cook with strong-smelling scents, like onion, garlic, or herbs. You can also use a matching opaque spice jars while blindfolded. Or use fresh fruit or vegetables while blindfolded to have your child guess: "What fruit/vegetable is it?"