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Smell is an incredibly powerful sense, and smell jars are a fun way for your child to learn and interact with the world around them. With some simple household items, you can make these for yourself.
What We Use at CMOSC:
- Small squeeze bottles
- Cotton Balls
- Essential oils (peppermint, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, jasmine, cinnamon, etc.)
Options for You at Home:
- Small containers (baby food jars, small jelly jars; cleaned, empty spice containers)
- Aluminum foil (if the small containers do not have lids which you can poke holes into)
- Pantry items (such as)
- Cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon
- Vanilla bean or extract
- Peppermint extract
- Coffee beans
- Citrus peels (lemon, orange, lime)
- Cocoa powder
- Garden items (such as)
- Fragrant flowers
CMOSC’s Smell Bottles:
- Put two to three drops of essential oil on a cotton ball.
- Put two to three scented cotton balls into each smell jar.
- Label the bottom of each jar with a permanent marker.
- If your jars have lids, poke holes in the lids.
- Put a bit of the scent items into the jars.
- Make sure each scent is separated into different jars.
- Place lid on jars.
- If your containers do not have lids, cover with aluminum foil (secure with rubber band or hair tie, if possible), and poke holes in the aluminum foil.
- Once the jars are made, let your little smell and play, getting familiar with the individual scents.
- Hold up two at a time, or three, and see the different scent combinations you can make.
- See if they can tell you what they’re smelling.