Your child will practice using and talking about all five senses (i.e., seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching) through observation of microwave popcorn.
Explain to your child that you are going to use popcorn to practice using all five senses. Remind your child of what the five senses are (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching), or introduce them if the idea of “five senses” is new to your child. You can explain the five senses by saying something like: “There are five different ways that we learn about what’s around us. We can see with our eyes. We can hear with our ears. We can smell with our nose. We can taste with our mouth. And we can touch with our hands. These are called our five senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching.”
See what ideas your child has about her senses. For example, you might ask: “What do you like to taste? What can you hear when you’re outside? What do you smell when I’m cooking dinner?”
Next, on a piece of paper, draw an eye, an ear, a hand, a nose, and a tongue to represent the five senses. Alternatively, you could draw a person with these features.
Next, you can pop the popcorn in the way your family prefers, for example using an air popper, microwave, or stovetop. As the popcorn is popping, encourage your child to use all five senses to tell you about what is happening. What does she hear? What does she see? What does she smell? When the popcorn is ready, put it into a bowl and eat it together. What does the popcorn feel like when you touch it? How does it taste?
As you talk about her observations, record them on the paper by writing the words by the body part that goes with that sense. Your child might like to add to the picture by drawing popcorn. After you finish the picture and your popcorn snack, see if your child can remember all the five senses without looking at the picture!