Harry blindfolded using his other senses.

Year 1
Five Senses

Play and discover your senses! Make a feely box, guess what’s inside the shakers and throw balls into a bowl whilst blind folded. Hands-On Education are passionate about providing positive educational experiences for children through interactive and engaging hands-on activities. Whilst meeting the standards in the National Curriculum in England, our activities encourage children to play, explore, observe, build, create and much more. We promote child-led learning, inspiring confidence and independence as children develop their own ideas and understanding. Our activities are open-ended and easily adaptable to suit all. By providing informed lesson plans and resources, we support parents and educators in guiding children through their learning journey.

Within this topic you will find:

  • 7 activity plans, all of which clearly explain how to prepare and carry out each activity.
  • 2 activity sheets to support your child in recording their investigations.

This topic meets aspects within the National Curriculum in England in the following subjects: Design & Technology, Music and Science.

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    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Music = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
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Activity One - Identify The Five Senses

Activity 1
Identify The Five Senses

  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Activity Two - Exploring My Sense Of Sight

Activity 2
Exploring My Sense Of Sight

  • 10 balls or bean bags
  • Blindfold / scarf
  • Large bowl / container
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Activity Three - Exploring My Sense Of Hearing

Activity 3
Exploring My Sense Of Hearing

  • 5 plastic pots with lids
  • Water
  • 3 marbles
  • Rice
  • 1 coin
  • Shredded paper
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Activity Four - Exploring My Sense Of Hearing Through Music

Activity 4
Exploring My Sense Of Hearing Through Music

  • 4-7 glasses (ideally the same shape and size)
  • Jug for pouring
  • Wooden Stick / metal spoon
  • Water
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Activity Five - Exploring My Sense Of Smell

Activity 5
Exploring My Sense Of Smell

  • 5 bowls
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced lemon
  • Sliced orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee granules
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Activity Six - Exploring My Sense Of Taste

Activity 6
Exploring My Sense Of Taste

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Two plates
  • You will need combination of salty and sweet foods suitable for your child.
  • For example:
    Sweet: chocolate / strawberries / cake
    Salty: peanut butter / olives / cheese / crisps
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Dt1/2.1a use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
Activity Six - Exploring My Sense Of Touch

Activity 7
Exploring My Sense Of Touch

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Objects with different shapes and textures.
  • For example:
    Spoon / soft toy / Lego / apple
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Websites

The Five Senses - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize
A short video explaining the five senses humans use.

Symbols Key

    Relation to Curriculum in England: = Design & Technology = Music = Science
    Download Links: = Activity Plan = Activity Sheet(s)
Activity One - Identify The Five Senses

Activity 1
Identify The Five Senses

Practical Resources:
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Downloads:
Activity Two - Exploring My Sense Of Sight

Activity 2
Exploring My Sense Of Sight

Practical Resources:
  • 10 balls or bean bags
  • Blindfold / scarf
  • Large bowl / container
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Downloads:
Activity Three - Exploring My Sense Of Hearing

Activity 3
Exploring My Sense Of Hearing

Practical Resources:
  • 5 plastic pots with lids
  • Water
  • 3 marbles
  • Rice
  • 1 coin
  • Shredded paper
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Downloads:
Activity Four - Exploring My Sense Of Hearing Through Music

Activity 4
Exploring My Sense Of Hearing Through Music

Practical Resources:
  • 4-7 glasses (ideally the same shape and size)
  • Jug for pouring
  • Wooden Stick / metal spoon
  • Water
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Mu1/1.2 play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • Mu1/1.4 experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music
Downloads:
Activity Five - Exploring My Sense Of Smell

Activity 5
Exploring My Sense Of Smell

Practical Resources:
  • 5 bowls
  • Sliced onion
  • Sliced lemon
  • Sliced orange
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee granules
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Downloads:
Activity Six - Exploring My Sense Of Taste

Activity 6
Exploring My Sense Of Taste

Practical Resources:
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Two plates
  • You will need combination of salty and sweet foods suitable for your child.
  • For example:
    Sweet: chocolate / strawberries / cake
    Salty: peanut butter / olives / cheese / crisps
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
  • Dt1/2.1a use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes
Downloads:
Activity Seven - Exploring My Sense Of Touch

Activity 7
Exploring My Sense Of Touch

Practical Resources:
  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Objects with different shapes and textures.
  • For example:
    Spoon / soft toy / Lego / apple
Relation to Curriculum in England:
  • Sc1/2.2d identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense
Downloads:
Useful Websites

The Five Senses - KS1 Science - BBC Bitesize
A short video explaining the five senses humans use.

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