Surprise smell game

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Surprise smell game

Little ones are naturally inquisitive about the world around them and you can encourage that interest by helping them explore their sense of smell.

You will need to source and collect at least five or six shakers or jars with pierced lids for the dry smells you will be using. You will also need something soft like cotton balls for the liquid smells in this game, for fresh food items you can use a bowl and a tea towel.

Pick a selection of smells from the ideas below and sit with your little one. One at a time, slowly ask them to “sniff” the smell canister or cotton ball and say what it is. It will become obvious quickly which ones they enjoyed most!

Great food smells include chocolate powder, tea leaves (stronger the better), desiccated coconut, icing sugar, coffee beans, honey, and ground cinnamon. Fruit and veg are also great, try oranges, garlic, bananas. Natural oils like peppermint oils bought from a health food store are also good. Even mummy’s perfume, Sudocrem and lavender drawer bags can be added to this simple guessing game to introduce smell.

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