Do you have a child in your program who loves textures and smells?

Young children learn through sensory play experiences – and a sensory area where children have the opportunity to explore different textures and smells is often one of the most popular spots in an early childhood setting!

There are also lots of opportunities during routine activities like handwashing and snack time to draw attention to the experience of textures and smells. (ie: dry hands, wet hands, the smell of clean hands, how do different foods feel and smell?)

Let’s explore some different play activities and extension ideas that build on this interest and help you expand on the children’s knowledge and experience. You will also find materials. room setup and other resources at the bottom of the page.


Dramatic Play


Culture and diversity


Gross motor and movement

Fine motor



Art and creative



Room setup and considerations