Your child 3-5 years

Help him discover the smells


Vanilla ? Humm, a delight! Ammonia? Yuck, it stings the eyes! And horse dung, cinnamon, roquefort ... does it smell good or bad? It all depends on the words and images that accompany those smells. To feel, that can be learned too.

Make up your olfactory baggage

  • To feel, it is especially the brain that works. It is therefore an intellectual effort to memorize, bring back memories. How to invite your child? Go to the country so rich in smells. Catch the scent of dung, rose petals, blackberries ... Evoke them. Be precise. Nothing better reflects the smell of hay or mushroom than the words hay and mushroom.

What to do with him?

  • A little quiz house! Gather herbs: mint, but also thyme, rosemary, basil, some spices (cinnamon, star anise ...), and more cocoa, a mandarin, banana ... Blindfolded, will he know the recognize ? Have fun describing them ... "A banana, for example, has a fruity smell, a little vegetal.At the end of ripening, it is more powdery, slimy.It almost feels rotten when it is too mature," says Veronique Debroise . Oops! Better not to get there!

Develop his "flair"

  • Everything does not smell good. And so much the better! Odors sometimes impose some measures. "Oh, those socks, do you want to throw them in the basket of dirty clothes?" Guaranteed laughter if you take a pinch! Sometimes they warn of danger: "Beware that hot tar on the road, let's change the sidewalk!"

What to do with him?

  • A little game with your eyes closed in the street, at the market. Let him give you his hand and let himself be guided ... to him to recognize the next place you enter: it smells of eucalyptus and medicines, it's a ... pharmacy! And these scents of croissant and bread? A bakery, bravo!

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