My son has always had an interest for the kitchen. Whether I'm cooking dinner or baking cookies, you can be sure that he'll come running when he gets a whiff of something delicious. I loved the idea of encouraging his curiosity in the kitchen and introducing him to some herbs and spices we use in our everyday cooking. We created our very own mini sensory lab and my son loved exploring all the different ingredients we use in our home cooked meals!
How we did it:
- plastic bags
- container - (to hold the bags)
- cotton pads
- pine leaves
- peppermint extract
- vanilla extract
- basil leaves
- star anise
- ground ginger
- ground coffee
Cut some masking tape to label the plastic bags and write the name of each ingredient. Address labels also work well here!
If the ingredient is dry, like ground coffee, simply fill the bag with the ingredient. Use a needle to poke 1-3 holes in the bag for the scent to permeate through.
If the ingredient is liquid, like peppermint extract, soak a cotton pad with it.
Place the cotton pad in the bag so that the pad lays flat. Use the needle to poke 1-3 holes in the bag for the scent to permeate through.
Continue building out your sensory lab! What ingredients and herbs does your family use in their everyday cooking? Try mixing and matching some of the spices and scents to discover your favorite combinations. Let us know what you included in your family's sensory lab in the comments below!