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Christmas is definitely the time to explore the 5 senses. I remember best my grandmother's house at Christmas: The smell of cedar bows, the scrumptious gingerbread, and the angel on top of the tree. Christmas is a time to TASTE, TOUCH, SMELL, HEAR AND SEE.

BOOKS: My two favorite books to start the lesson are I Smell Christmas by Mercer Meyer and The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry.

SEE: I like to put Christmas lights in a jar or string lights.

TASTE: Of course, candy canes and hot chocolate with marshmallows are always a hit!

HEAR: Compare and contrast the sounds of jingle bells in a variety of empty containers (aluminum can, oatmeal box, plastic jar).

TOUCH: Kids can decorate a construction paper Christmas tree with puff balls, buttons, rick rack, felt star, and glitter glue.

SMELL: On a tray, I place an orange with cloves, a cedar sprig, cinnamon sticks, and then add a couple of drops of peppermint extract to glitter glue. The kids can add glitter glue lights or balls to their tree. Nothing like the 5 SENSES OF CHRISTMAS to put everyone in the spirit!

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