Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Smelling Station, Soup Month, and a Lost Tooth

Today my 8 year old set up a "smelling station" for science. I created a direction sheet ahead of time, along with some answer sheets to hand out to all the participants. First, she wrote a number on each bowl. Next, she had to go around the house and get something for each bowl that had a recognizable scent. After that, she placed the items in the bowls and covered them with a paper towel so they could not be seen.
The fun part was when we all got the chance to smell each bowl and write down what we thought was hiding under the paper towel. Some were easy, and others were a bit difficult to guess! The items she chose were the following: a banana, shampoo, a gingerbread cookie, an orange, and toothpaste. I thought her choice of items was great because she chose a variety of items and they all had distinct smells. This was a fun activity and we all enjoyed participating in it!

Speaking of smells, did you know that the month of January is National Soup Month? I just love the smell of a nice big pot of soup simmering on the stove when its cold outside! So far this month, we have made homemade chicken soup and today we are making kale soup. Kale is so healthy and tastes delicious, especially in soup. My kids gobble it up! We serve it with some nice grilled cheese sandwiches. Yummy! I can hardly wait until dinner tonight.

Last of all, I wanted to share my little guy's big milestone- he lost his very first tooth! I can't believe my baby is old enough to be missing teeth! He was a bit upset at first because it was just hanging there, bothering him.

I assured him once it was out everything would be ok and he would be able to eat "normally" again. So, here he is with his toothless grin! The tooth fairy, Dentalina, arrived right on schedule and left a nice payment for his little tooth. I asked him what he thinks she does with all those teeth and he replied that she puts them all in a box and saves them. By the way, my oldest always said Dentalina makes "tooth soup" out of them and my middle child says she builds little tiny tooth houses. I always get a kick out of their responses to certain questions.


  1. What a great Idea. I have an 8 year old who would love this.

  2. I love the idea of the smelling station. I think we might try that ourselves here next week. Thanks for the super idea Faith!

  3. I'm glad I could pass the idea along. I actually got the idea from www.education.com This month they are having a challenge where you complete different activities and win prizes, so we chose that activity as one of the challenges. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Hey, keep his tooth! That's a milestone of his life! He might be interested to see it when he grows up. My mom kept my first tooth that fell off. Luckily it fell while I was at home. If it fell outside, I won't even bother getting it.