Sensory Lab

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!

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cut some masking tape to label the plastic bags and write the name of each ingredient. Address labels also work well here!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    If the ingredient is liquid, like peppermint extract, soak a cotton pad with it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    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.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    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!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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