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Teaching Kids Sense of Sight: The Five Senses

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How Kids Learn About Sense of Sight

In kindergarten science, children need to become aware of their five senses and how they use these senses as observational skills. Teaching children sense of sight is easier than you think. Below are a few fun ways to get kids thinking about their sense of sight and become aware that they are using this sense daily to explore the world around them.

Teaching Sense of Sight

  1. Have the child cover their eyes. Ask if they can see. Explain to the child that we use our eyes to see.
  2. Play I spy with the kids, calling out colors, shapes, textures, sizes, etc. to help a child guess the secret object. As you play, explain to the children that these characteristics are things you observe with your eyes, or sense of sight.
  3. Have the children take turns wearing a blindfold. Explain to them that people without their sense of sight have a special way to read. Present books written in brail to the child and let them explore what it would be like to read without a sense of sight.
  4. Read books about the sense of sight to reinforce the concepts the child has learned.

Ask Kids to Describe Objects Using Sight

Talk to the child about objects, asking them to share information about it. For example, if you hold up a block, ask the child to describe it by telling you not only that it is a block, but the color, size, shape, etc. Other objects to try are musical instruments, foods, and flowers. The objective is to help the child see that they use their sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and feel to observe the world around them. Talk to the child about the observations they make based on these five senses.

  • This worksheet from Education.com offers pictures of items to prompt children to consider whether they are seeing it, or using one of their other senses. The worksheet instructions children to "circle the things below that you can see, but can't touch."
  • Look around and use your sense of sight to find something in the room. Draw a picture of it. Then, imagine you are looking at the object through a magnifying glass. Draw what you would see inside the magnifying glass. This exercise enhances the understanding of sight, while encouraging children to build reasoning skills.
  • This worksheet from TLSBooks.com also asks children to look at several pictures and instructs them to circle the things they can see, but not touch.

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