Exploring the 5 Senses with Apples

Everyone seems to be in a frenzy over apples in the Fall.  While everyone else is baking and drinking apple cider, I decided to use them for some fun Fall Science.  My middle son just studied the 5 senses in his kindergarten class and that got me thinking… So here’s my apple version of the 5 senses!  No fancy stuff needed.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Apples (any variety will do, but a few different ones to investigate is great)
  • knife
  • apple corer (optional)
  • magnifying glass (optional but they are fun to use)

Our first Sense is the sense of Sight.  We talked about our eyes.  Where are they on our face?  How many eyes do we have? What do we use them for?

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Then we used our eyes to look at the different apples.  What shape are they?  What colors are the apples?  How many do we have?

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We also used our magnifying glass to take a closer look.

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Next we discussed our sense of Touch.  We talked about our fingers and hands and what we use them for.  We counted our fingers too! (See how I sneak math into my science!) What do the apples feel like?  Are they soft or hard?  Are they smooth or bumpy?  Are they heavy or light?

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Moving on to the next one, we talked about our sense of Smell.  What do we use to smell with?  Where is our nose?  How many noses do we have?

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Then we smelled the apples with our noses.  Sniff Sniff!

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The fourth sense uses our ears to Hear.  We pointed to our ears.  How many ears do we have?  What are they used for?

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Using the apple slicer, we listened to the sound of the apple being sliced. Crunch!

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We grabbed a slice and touched it and discussed how the inside of an apple feels different from the outside.  It felt wet and sticky.  We touched the core and sliced it open and investigated the seeds inside with our sense of touch and sense of sight.

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Of course, the magnifying glass was necessary to get a closer look!

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We also smelled the inside of the apple and it smelled sweet.

Lastly, we used our fifth sense, taste, when we licked our apple and then bit into it!  YUM!!

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What a fun way to use apples to learn about the five senses!

During October, you might also want to try using the 5 senses to investigate pumpkins!

The Science behind the Activity:

This is a simple observation activity for the youngest scientists as well as older ones.  Identifying the 5 senses and the body parts that are used for each is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.  Comparing the inside and the outside of the apple using the senses is also a great observation activity as well.  Connecting the 5 senses to a food that they are familiar with is a great way to connect everyday life to science.  So much learning from a simple activity!

For more apple science activities, try:

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Observing Pumpkins using our 5 Senses

It’s Pumpkin Season and there is so much fun learning to be had with pumpkins.   Before we began experimenting with our pumpkins, we decided to investigate our pumpkins using our 5 senses.  So before you get busy carving your pumpkin, take some time to explore and investigate your soon-to-be Jack O Lantern

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Pumpkin (we used the small decorative ones with the Tiny Tots)
  • Pumpkin carving tool
  • Metal spoon or scooper
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying Glass
  • tray/plate

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We first held the pumpkins in our hands and felt it from the outside using our hands (Sense of Touch).  Ask them questions to guide their observations: Is it hard or soft?  Bumpy or smooth? What about the stem?  Using their eyes (Sense of Sight), ask them what color it is and what shape it looks like.

Then I cut the top off and asked them to listen (Sense of Hearing) to the sound of the carving knife.  The older kids thought it sounded like a saw.

Then I had them lift it out themselves to see what was inside

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Using our Sense of Sight and Touch, I asked the kids to feel the inside of the pumpkin.  The pulp and seeds definitely were a deterrent for some of the youngest toddlers.

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This toddler won’t touch the seeds.

I asked them if they could use their Sense of Smell to describe what they smelled.  Most said the pumpkins were “stinky”.

I gave the Tiny Tots spoons and tweezers to scrape the seeds and pulp out.  Then I asked them to touch the seeds.  How does it feel?  Most said “slimy” and “slippery” and “gooey”.

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Magnifying glasses are fun to observe things with so I handed them small and big magnifying glasses.

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For older kids, I had them compare difference between the seeds of the white pumpkins and the orange ones.

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I also asked them to predict how many seeds might be in each pumpkin and asked them to count to see how good their guess was.  My superheroes kept losing count and eventually gave up 🙂

Lastly, the Sense of Taste was applied to the pumpkin seeds after we roasted them in the oven.  I asked my boys to hear the crunch of the seeds and the taste of the seeds.  Neither of them were fans of the roasted seeds.  Great, that means more for me!

Once you have hollowed out the pumpkins, try the Pumpkin Volcanoes experiment!

The Science behind the Activity:

This is a simple observation activity for the youngest scientists as well as older ones.  Identifying the 5 senses and the body parts that are used for each is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers while using tweezers and spoons and observing is great for preschoolers and young elementary students.  So much learning from a simple activity!