We have been working on learning our 5 senses: taste, smell, touch, hearing, and seeing. I have been quizzing little one by asking questions like "What do we hear with? What do we taste with? What do we smell with?" etc. It seems like a basic concept but it can be challenging for little ones to figure out.
I am going to try to link it to religion and God as much as possible by asking questions like "Why did God give us eyes? (to see his beautiful creations - to see Jesus on the Cross); Why did God give us hands? (to do holy works - to make the Sign of the Cross); Why did God give us tongues? (to taste wonderful flavors that God made - to receive Jesus' body during Communion)" etc. I have started to introduce those religious concepts to LO but it hasn't been the focus yet. It's in my plans ;)
Yesterday we did a small lesson on tasting and smelling. We used the PBS Dinosaur Train Lesson found here. I explained to LO how our sense of smell is stronger than our sense of taste. I also explained to him how you have to focus on your senses to make a hypothesis of what things are. I used an onion, some cheese, and some tomatoes (all things that were easily accessible in my fridge). I put them in individual little plastic bowls. I then blindfolded LO. He did NOT like that at all! It took a lot of convincing that he did not need his sense of sight to do the activity! When he finally let me blindfold him, I then held each object up to his nose and told him to smell it. I then put a small piece at a time in his mouth and had him taste it. The whole time I was asking him what he tasted and smelled. He didn't get the onion at all and he certainly was not a fan of tasting it. He got the tomato almost immediately. He has always LOVED tomatoes. And the cheese he got by the sense of taste, but not by smell. Overall I think he learned something and I plan to continue doing small experiments with him like this to work more on the skills.