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Exercise: “Everything I smell”

Objective: Observe the different smells of common things. Learn to pay attention to the sensations.

Materials: The peel from oranges or lemons, perfume, flowers, cut grass, herbs, oil, etc.

How to do it: The guide has previously prepared cotton wool soaked with different liquids or smelly things that the children are familiar with and each one should be contained in non-transparent plastic or glass jar (so they cannot be identified by sight).

Sitting in a circle, we do a short breathing exercise.

Their eyes are covered with a blindfold. The jars are handed to them one after another. The jars are handed round all the children who smell them slowly for a few seconds. Finally they must say what the smells were like NOT THE OBJECTS THAT HAVE THAT SMELL. It is a sweet smell, chemical, refreshing …

The basic smells are:  

  •     Floral.
  •     Woody or resinous.
  •     Fruity (not citrus).
  •     Chemical.
  •     Mentholated or refreshing.
  •     Sweet.
  •     Burnt or smoked (such as popcorn).
  •     Citrus fruit. 

Exercise: Search – look for where the smell is!

Objective: Observe the different smells of common things. Learn to pay attention to the sensations.

Materials: Containers and smelly materials (herbs, fruit, perfume, etc.).

How to do it: In each container we put a quantity of smelly material and cover it with a lid in which we make a hole. Elsewhere in the classroom we put materials that are also in the containers (a few sprigs of herbs, an orange, a bottle of Cologne, etc.)

The children must pick up the smell coming from the containers and then search in the classroom for objects that have that smell. We can also put other similar objects in the classroom to stimulate their attention about what they smell. For example, if we have placed orange peel in a container, we will place an orange and a lemon in different parts of the classroom.

Exercise: Odors live together

This exercise should be done with children over 12 years.

Objective: To pay attention and distinguish the different nuances of an odor.

Material: 5 or 6 odorous substances and a chart as in the example below.

How to do it: Sitting around a table, each group will be given a chart and odorous substances (chocolate, biscuit, flower, perfume, etc.).

Students should smell them and distinguish the different nuances they perceive and write them down on the chart.