Teaching children to identify good and bad smells is a valuable lesson. Knowing what each smell means can help prevent kids from eating things like moldy bread or licking furniture polish. It may also help them avoid places in their home that have lingering odors or dangerous gases.
Use these Good And Bad Smell Worksheets to practice the children’s sense of smell. Children answer the questions and circle the correct smell.
The following are some of the smelling activities you can do to practice the sense of smell:
- Find a field of flowers and take turns picking one flower for the day.
- Go to a flower market and smell flowers and vegetables.
- Compare your families’ homes to the homes of other families.
- Take turns smelling different smells from your houses: cleaning products, pets, and food. (For example, soap that is used for laundry should not be used for pets.)
- Observe how people wash their hands after going out in public and do the same with yourselves. [Good Smell: After washing, you wash your hands with hand soap. Or after going out, you wash your hands with hand soap. (This is especially good for families who use antibacterial hand soaps.)
- Bad Smell: After washing, you don’t wash your dishes. Make sure the dishwater is not left standing. (This is also good for families who use antibacterial dish soaps.)
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