The Five Senses: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Are the Five Senses?
  • 0:39 Sight
  • 0:55 Smell & Taste
  • 2:09 Hearing
  • 2:27 Touch
  • 2:51 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Certain parts of our bodies help us explore and interact with the world through our five senses. In this lesson, you'll learn about the five senses and the five body parts that you use every day to gather information about what's happening around you.

What Are the Five Senses?

Have you ever had a really good meal? You smell the delicious aroma of your favorite food cooking, and it looks so tasty on your plate. Your mouth explodes with flavor as you take a bite. You can hear the sound of your teeth chewing each bite and feel the soft napkin on your lips as you wipe your mouth.

Whether you are eating a meal, doing homework, or playing, you are using your five senses, which are the ways that our bodies help us learn about, explore, and interact with the world around us. These senses - which include sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch - each use a specific body part to help gather information.


You use your sense of sight when you read, color, watch movies, and even walk. When your eyes are open, they constantly take in pictures of the world and send them to your brain for it to figure out what you're seeing. These images help you understand the people, places, movement, and things around you.

Smell & Taste

You use your sense of smell when you notice the smell of food cooking or the perfume from a flower. Your nose is always taking in the smells around you through the two holes of your nose called the nostrils. When air enters your nostrils, special tiny cells inside absorb the air and send messages to your brain about what smells are in the air. Your brain then processes this information and helps you understand what you are smelling.

Have you ever noticed when you have a cold and your nose is plugged that not only is it hard to smell, but it is also hard to taste? That's because these two senses are closely related. When the brain cannot receive smell information, it cannot properly send taste information. That's why your mom may tell you to hold your nose while swallowing medicine!

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