This experiment is a fun way to help develop your child's knowledge and understanding of how their bodies work (in particular, their five senses) as they learn more about how our noses detect different smells. The activity will also help to improve their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as they draw and name some of the items they have investigated.
How to extend the magic
You could go on a sensory walk with your child – around your home and in your garden or local park. Pick up some old bark or moss – what does it smell like? How about some leaves and flowers? How about food whiffs if you walk past a fast-food restaurant? Pick up some clothes after they have come off the washing line or out of the tumble drier. What do they smell like? And have a sniff next time you wash your hands with soap or wash your hair with shampoo. There are smells everywhere. See what you can track down!