Create a natural sensory experience

Can you smell as well as you think? This fun smell test for children will encourage them to use their sense of smell to identify each item.

toddler girl smelling purple flowers.

Teach children to develop their sense of smell and learn how to identify plants in the home and garden by scent.


You Will Need

  • empty jam jars or containers
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Orange peel
  • Cloves
  • sprig of rosemary
  • couple of basil leaves
  • Lavender stem
  • Fresh mint
  • fresh thyme

Step 1

Create a smell test for your children by putting different scented items in different containers.

Bright purple lavender in full bloom in the garden/Credit: Getty

Step 2

Keeping their eyes closed or if they can’t resist peeking a blindfold, ask them to smell the object in the jar to see if they recognise or can they identify any of the smells.


Step 3

Then, let them create one for you using ingredients you have selected previously to avoid the cupboards being raided!

Step 4

When your smell receptors have warmed up, see if they can find natural objects outside and encourage them to test their noses against these. A good place to start is lavender or rosemary.

Rosemary has an instantly recognisable scent/Credit: Getty

Step 5

To finish off the sensory game, create a drawing of each item with a facial expression next to each object to rate whether you found it a pleasant or unpleasant smell.