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Many of us don’t even think about our 5 senses of touch, sight, smell, taste, and hearing because we have them all, but what about people who loss their sight, or sense of smell, or are born without hearing. How does each sense work and affect our lives? Use these activities to find out.
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Senses Activity Booklet
Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use this Activity Booklet to learn more about the 5 different senses we have: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching to interact with the world around us. The activities in this booklet will have your girls exploring all 5 senses and in the end they will have a better understanding of how important each sense is and how they all work together. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more and get yours today!
Be sure to also checkout these other activities your girls will love:
- Fun With Experiments: Home Scientist Activities
- Get Creative: Inventor Activities
- Become An Artist: Painting Activities
Other Fun Activities To Try
Different Ways To See – Visual Illusions
Print off a variety of visual illusions for the girls to see if they can see the different things in picture.
Learn the GS Promise in Sign Language
Here is a troop reciting the Girl Scout Promise using ASL…
Touch and Feel Activity
Find things that have different textures and create a “feel wheel”-cut a big circle out of poster board and divide into eight pie slices in each slice glue something that has a different texture like smooth, rough, sticky, bumpy, hard, squishy, or hairy. Then have girls take there wheel to another person in troop have them close there eyes and guess what each item is.
When someone is missing their sense of sight, they might read with their sense of touch by feeling a set of raised dots. These dots are part of a special system called braille. Use the alphabet to figure out how to write your name in braille. And then write it with dots of glue when it dries you can feel your name in braille
Now that your girls know about the 5 senses this book could be a great way to explain all the ways the senses work in specific situations. Get your copy of the Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses by Pamela Hill Nettleton. It is a great read and not even boring for us leaders, I learned a thing or two myself.
If you don’t want to spend the time planning, our Activity Booklet has step-by-step instructions with activities that don’t require any planning other than gathering supplies and printing booklets.
What do we do after your girls complete the activities?
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, badge or award earned, date, and troop leader. Editable certificates perfect for awarding girls after earning a badge.
Organize Your Troop Meetings This Year with a 25+ page Leader Planner
This Leader Planner is from another amazing blogger named Jen her blog is called “I am StrawjenBerry” With the help of Jen I wrote a blog post explaining everything you will get in this planner. It has everything you need to plan your troop year. The planner contains your calendar, meeting planners, rosters and badge trackers in one safe place for when you need it. Read more