Activities for Smell
Sense of smell is the most powerful one. It is said that sense of smell is 10.000 times more sensitive than any other senses. It is linked with the sense of sight and taste and can have a huge impact on our food preferences. Smell can bring good or bad memories and even after years of experienceing them children might be distressed. Children who are oversensitive will notice everything, they will be bothered by other people's body odour and will be honest in commenting on it.
Those who are undersensitive will "snif" everything including people , which may be considered rude and socially unacceptable.
Games for smell
1. Scents are great to deal with anxiety, help to relax or get more energised. Try to use lavendar oils for relaxations and citrus scents to get energised. You can do it at any time of the day.
2.Snif Snif - if you are not sure what smell is a problem for your child try to invite them for a sniffing game in the kitchen. Gather ingredients and give them to your child one by one to see what their reactions may be.
3. Let's cook- nothing better to explore sense of smell then to cook or bake together. It's a great opportunity to explore different ingredients, smell them or even taste them and then hopefully eat the final produce.
4. What's your favourite smell? - game for the whole family. Create a chart for all family members and ingredients or things that smell. Ask each other which one you like and which one you don't by smelling them and marking it on the chart.
It should give you a clear picture of your child's preferences and which scents you should avoid as they make them distressed.