Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
Five Senses Scavenger Hunt
What can you learn about the outdoors by seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing, and touching?
Sight- Use your sight to observe any changes in your yard and garden

  • Can you find any insects or birds?
  • Are there any new colors?
  • Does anything look different than yesterday? What about last week?

Hearing- Take a moment to be still and quiet and count how many things you hear

  • Airplanes
  • Breeze in the trees
  • Birds
  • Wind chimes
  • Cars on the road

Touch- How many different textures can you find?

  • Moss
  • Grass
  • Different types of leaves
  • Flower petals
  • Soil

Smell- Lots of plants have interesting smells. Do you think they smell similar to how they taste?
  • Herbs- Lavender, sage, mint
  • Flowers- Lilies, nasturtiums, roses

Taste- We all love to taste food from the garden! How many of your plants are ready for a taste test?
  • Herbs- Mint, basil
  • Edible flowers- Johnny Jump-ups, nasturtiums, bachelor buttons
  • Peas
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
Explore your Five Senses

  • Make a photo book of objects you find in your yard or home
  • Play "I Spy"
  • Put food coloring in a jar of water, and add white flowers or celery sticks. Watch as the color absorbs into the plant after a few days!

  • Experiment with making instruments out of different objects in your kitchen or in your recycling bin.
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood and make a list of all the different sounds- sirens, dogs barking, birds singing, car engines
  • Put small rocks, beans, and sand into plastic eggs or small containers with lids and shake them. Do different sized objects make different sounds?

  • Use a bowl to make a sensory bin with beans, sand, or shaving cream
  • Find objects with different textures around your home and sort them by texture- soft, rough, smooth, and squishy
  • Use glue to write your name on a piece of paper, then sprinkle sand on the letters to make sensory name art

  • Add herbs or essential oils to playdough or paint
  • Put small amounts of spices from your pantry in little containers, then try to guess what they are

  • Yogurt painting- mix food coloring with a little yogurt and let small children use it to "paint"
  • Make a smoothie together- taste teach ingredient on its own first, then taste the finished product. Can you still taste each ingredient?
  • Do a taste test of different colors of the same food, like tomatoes or apples. Does each color taste the same or different?
More Resources

More fun five senses activities for kids

How to plant a sensory garden

Recipe of the Week
Celebrate July with this  Harvest of the Month ​ recipe from Chef  Gabrielle Chronister ​!

​4 oz (about 1 cup chopped) crimini, portobello, or button mushrooms
1 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup cooked brown rice
1/4 cup raw rolled oats
1/4 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed
1 garlic clove
2 tbl nutritional yeast
1 tsp sea salt

Place walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
Next, process mushrooms until chopped and add to the bowl of walnuts. Set aside.
Place remaining ingredients in the food processor and pulse until just combined. Add mixture to the bowl of mushrooms and walnuts and mix with a spoon or by hand. Roll into balls and cook in an oiled skillet on medium/high heat until heated through, browning all sides.
Enjoy as is or over pasta/zoodles with your favorite pesto or red sauce.

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