CDA Competency Standard: II.4.3a Activities and materials encourage children to develop their senses. a) Sight, sound, smell, taste and touch experiences are encouraged through a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and activities
Empty spice bottles
Essential oils of lavender, peppermint, orange
*Note: choose your essential oils wisely. Some are not ideal for infants.
Prepare the materials by placing 5 drops of each essential oil onto separate cotton balls and putting them into the spice jars, securing the lids.
Invite infant to hold and smell the bottles to experience new scents.
Observe and record the infant’s reaction to new smells. Did he or she seem to enjoy any smells in particular, or dislike any of them?
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