Nose Know-How

Nose Know-How


  • Empty film canisters
  • Cotton balls
  • Different scents (vanilla, peppermint, orange, lemon, pine, maple)

Soak ten cotton balls each in a different scent. Put each cotton ball into a separate film canister and close the lid. Have the children sit in a circle and talk about the importance of smell in nocturnal animals. Pass the film canisters around and have the children sniff them. After everyone has had a chance to smell the canister, talk about the odor and how some nocturnal animals use their sense of smell to locate food and territory.

Activity provided by:

Story County Conservation Board
Nature Boxes for Early Childhood Educators
Debbi Williams
56461 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010
Story County Conservation

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Category: Group Activities

Iowa Early Learning Standards:
8.2, 9.4, 11.1, 14.3