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Sesame Street

Sense It!

Create art while using your senses!


  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Paper


  1. Separate shaving cream into plastic containers and add a few drops of different colored food coloring into each one.
  2. Ask your child to look at the shaving cream and describe what he sees. Encourage him to talk about the colors and the shapes, and ask him to predict how the shaving cream will feel on his fingers.
  3. Allow your child to explore the shaving cream with his fingers! Talk about how the cream feels, using descriptive words such as cool, fluffy, and squishy!
  4. Then, have your child use his sense of smell and describe the scent of the shaving cream.
  5. Create art with the different colored shaving cream. What happens when the colors mix together?
  6. Wait a few hours and look at your picture again. Does anything look, feel, or smell different?

Talk About It

Talk with your child about the functions of our senses. You may want to focus on one at a time. Explain that different parts of our bodies have very important jobs. For instance, ask, "What job do your eyes do?" Discuss how the different parts of our bodies help us to see, hear, touch, taste, and smell!

Take It Further

Use your senses to explore food. Put a few healthy snacks in a paper bag such as an apple, pretzel, and carrot stick. Have your child close her eyes and reach into the bag and grab one of the items. First, have her use her sense of touch and describe how it feels such as smooth, rough, hard, or squishy. Then, have her use her sense of smell and describe the scent. Next, have her take a bite and describe how the food tastes. Can she guess the food? Have her open her eyes to use her sense of sight to see if she got it right!

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