A Fall Smelling Walk
Take a break and have some fun with your child as you take a fall "smelling walk" together. Help your child distinguish which smells might only be found in the fall.
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What to do:
- Invite your child to take a fall "smelling walk" with you. Use your noses to notice the things around you.
- Discuss some of the words that might help her understand how to describe something. (For example: sweet smelling, grassy, unpleasant, pleasant, and so on.)
- Walk together through a garden, near a bakery or a kitchen, and among trees and shrubs.
- Back at home, encourage her to make pictures of things she smelled on her walk.
- Invite her to take another "smelling walk" in the evening or early morning and compare it to the one she took before. Challenge her to make pictures of what she discovered on this second walk and to compare them with the pictures from the first walk.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- What things did you smell on our walks?
- Which smells do you think we would find only in the fall?
- What was your favorite smell? Let's describe your favorite smell.
While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop large muscle skills, observational skills, and an understanding of same and different.