Exploring Our Senses

This storytime is designed for preschoolers. I’ve used it with a four-week session, exploring a different sense each week. You’ll notice I omitted “Taste”–I didn’t want to be worried about allergies. Below are some book suggestions. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of others that fit the themes.

Week 1: Touch
When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles BacheletPerfectPurple
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
Duck & Goose by Tad Hills
I Need a Snake by Lynne Jonell
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
The Perfect Purple Feather by Hanoch Piven
Slithery Jake by Rose-Marie Provencher
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

Activity: Pass around object with various textures, such as cotton balls, corrugated paper, sand paper, velvet, crumpled aluminum foil, feathers, fake fur.

Week 2: Smell
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Nosy Rosie by Holly Keller
Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks by Robert Kinerk
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Stinky Smelly Feet by Margie Palatini
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells

Activity: Saturate cotton balls with various scents and have children identify what they smell. Try using Vanilla, vinegar, cinnamon, banana, lemon oil, peppermint. Give each child a strongly scented flower to take home.

Week 3: Hearing
Noises at Night by Beth Raisner GlassNoisesNight
Too Loud Lily by Sofie Laguna
Choo Choo Clickety-Clack by Margaret Mayo
Tick-Tock, Drip-Drop by Nicola Moon
Bear’s Day Out by Michael Rosen
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

Activity: Make some noise! Sing as loud as you can. Sing softly. Experiment with making different sounds using bells, whistles, rattles.

Sound Song:
Did you ever hear a bell ring, a bell ring, a bell ring?
Did you ever hear a bell ring? Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding
Did you ever hear the wind blow, the wind blow, the wind blow?
Did you ever hear the wind blow? Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish

Week 4: Sight
Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks
One by Kathryn Otoshi
A Penguin Story
by Antoinette Portis
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Activity: Use Simms Tabak’s City Animals to guess the animals using visual clues.

–Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library

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