Wild Kratts Craft– Discovering the Senses & Nature Journal

Through their adventures, the Kratt brothers learn how each creature uses its own special powers – including their senses – to do amazing things.

Now that Wild Kratts Rainforest Week is winding down, try this fun craft to help kids explore their own senses and think about how animals use their senses. 

What you’ll need:
- Several boxes that will allow kids to feel material without seeing it. Empty small Kleenex boxes would work well for this.
- Several jars/containers with lids to hold material that kids can hear but not see. Coffee cans or empty plastic bottles (covered)would work for this
- Several small jars/containers to hold material kids can smell.  Small spice bottles, empty vitamin bottles or similar containers would work for this
- Material for touch, smell, and listen experiences

  • For touch – items like feathers, plastic bags, pine cones, leaves, and so on would work
  • For hear/listen – items like bird seed, pebbles, water, and sand would work
  • For smell – items like pine needles, coffee, spices (cinnamon), mulch, soil, or herbs (rosemary, lavender) would work

What to do:
- Set the station up so that kids can explore three of their five senses (hearing, feeling, smelling)
- Explain the senses – people have five senses. What are they hearing, seeing, feeling/touching, tasting, smelling?
- Talk with kids about what are some of the ways they use their senses?
- When do they use their sense of taste? What about their sense of sight? Encourage children to experience their senses.
- Have them feel the items in the “touch” boxes and talk about what might be in the boxes – how do they know?
- Have the children smell the items in the different bottles– what do they think each is? How do they know?
- Have them shake different boxes/jars with items in them – what could they be? Why do they think that?
- Discuss how they think animals and insects use their senses

Kids can take this activity further by creating their own nature journal using a bound or similar notebook. They can explore and make notes of observations using their own senses.  Have a "sense"-ational time!

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