- 2 cups of flour
- 1 1/4 cup of salt
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1/2 cup of oil
- peppermint extract (candy canes)
- almond and vanilla extract (sugar cookies)
- pumpkin pie spice (pumpkin pies)
- ginger and cinnamon (gingerbread)
- orange spice tea
- powdered apple cider mix
I mixed in some food coloring, that did not match up to the flavors, so we had purple peppermint, and blue gingerbread, and so on.
Then, I let the children sniff away, and take their best guesses at the scents. They got them all (even telling the difference between the pumpkin pie, and gingerbread), except for the orange spice, and the sugar cookies. Once I mentioned sugar cookies, I could see the little light bulbs going off above their heads. And, as for the tea, that one was really intended to be a stumper, since they don't really drink a lot of tea.
Of course, once the smelling was done, they spent the next hour making up sweet smelling sculptures, and wishing that their dough tasted as good as it smelled.
Be sure to check out the other "smell" related projects at this week's Unplugged Project page.
It's great to be a homeschooler.