Children's Books About the Five Senses

We experience the world through our senses. Imagine being unable to taste, touch, smell, hear, or see anything. Some people may lack one or more of the senses, but very few lack all five. We know that when once sense is lost, other senses become more...well, sensitive. Your child might enjoy learning about the senses and just how they work.

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You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear!

You Can't Taste a Pickle With Your Ear
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Young children will enjoy this book, which presents some basic facts about the five senses in a fun and amusing way. Each sense has one chapter and each chapter starts with a list of facts about the sense. Following the facts are cute and sometimes funny rhymes like these:

"My nose tells me and it doesn't lie, Grandma's baking apple pie."
"When you're tired and think you're sweet, pull off your socks and smell your feet."

The water color and ink illustrations are sure to keep a young child's interest, although they're sure to enjoy the facts and rhymes, too. They will no doubt enjoy the list of questions at the end of each chapter, which can encourage them to think and provide an opportunity for a discussion. For example, at the end of the chapter on sight, readers are asked, "When you shut your eyes, what happens to your eyeballs?"

Ages 3 to 7

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The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses

The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses
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If your child is a fan of the Magic School Bus books, he will enjoy this entry in the series. In the other books, it's Ms. Frizzle behind the wheel of the Magic School Bus, but this time it's Mr. Wilde, the new assistant principal. He jumps in the bus, followed by Ms. Frizzle's students, to follow her after she drives away from school. Mr. Wilde flips a mysterious switch on the bus, which starts the adventure. The bus shrinks and lands in a police officer's eye. Then it enters a child's ear, a dog's nose, and...Ms. Frizzle's mouth! Like all the Magic School Bus books, this one has plenty of information-filled text boxes and dialogue boxes, along with the familiar and fun illustrations.

Ages 4 to 8

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Sense-Abilities: Fun Ways to Explore the Senses

Sense-Abilities: Fun Ways to Explore the Senses
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If you're homeschooling your child, this book is one you'll want to teach your child about the five senses. It is divided into five main sections, one for each sense. The sections are packed with information and activities, and each section starts out with an overview of what to find in the section. After the overview, the section provides facts about the sense and explains its importance. Most of the rest of the section consists of numerous activities to help children understand the sense and how it works. For example, children can wear a cinnamon-stick necklace to discover a fact about the sense of smell or look at incomplete outlines of drawings to learn something about the sense of sight. Each section also has a journal page on which your child can write down what she learned about the sight, and a list of additional reading resources.

Ages 4-8

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Fun With My 5 Senses Activities to Build Learning Readiness

Fun With My 5 Senses Activities to Build Learning Readiness
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This is another good book for homeschoolers. It has numerous crafts and activities, for both indoors and out, that children can participate in to help them understand their senses. For example, they can go on a "sniffing" tour of their home or go on a "wide-eyed" nature walk. Directions for the crafts and activities are clear and easy to follow.

Ages 4 to 8

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You Can't Smell a Flower with Your Ear!

You Can't Smell a Flower with Your Ear!
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The author of this book is Joanna Cole, who is also the author of The Magic School Bus books. Although Ms. Frizzle doesn't show up in this book, you'll still recognize the humorous approach to presenting facts, and the facts are good science facts. For example, readers will learn about the role of molecules in our sense of smell or how nerves are like wires that carry messages to the brain. Illustrations help make the physiological concepts clear. The book also includes experiments that encourage kids to learn about how the sense work, how the sense of smell helps the sense of taste, for example.

Ages 6 to 9

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