The smells of Christmas are memories that can linger with us all year long! What are your favorite Christmas scents? Your kids can become a Christmas botanist and explore the body’s senses with these classic holiday scents. Our simple Christmas smells activity is part of our 5 day Christmas Project Countdown!

THE SMELLS OF CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY FOR KIDS

simple Christmas senses science botany activity is part of our 5 day Christmas Science Project Countdown!

CHRISTMAS SCENTS

This Christmas scents project is a great addition to our Santa’s 5 Senses Science Lab! You can explore all 5 senses in this easy to set up, holiday theme senses lab!

Below you will find fun ways to extend the sense of smell and learn a little bit about botany. Our favorite Christmas scents come from plants!

CHRISTMAS SENSES PRINTABLE CARDS

Print out these fun 5 senses cards to use with your Christmas Smells project. Please make sure adults supervise which items are edible and which are not! You might even incorporate some of the scents/spices into a baking recipe or two!

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THE SMELLS OF CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY

Try some of the fun activities below each Christmas scent to enhance the Christmas science experience!

1. Clove

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. The flower buds initially have a pale hue, gradually turn green, then transition to a bright red when ready for harvest. In addition to culinary uses, clove can be used as an ant repellent and a dental pain reliever.

Make a clove orange ornament!

2. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is the seed of an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands of Indonesia. The seeds are egg-shaped and about 1-inch long. The first harvest of nutmeg trees takes place 7–9 years after planting, and the trees reach full production after twenty years.

Try any of these spiced playdough recipes including nutmeg!

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon comes from the aromatic bark of a tree native to Sri Lanka. The word cinnamon is derived from the Greek word meaning sweet wood.

Make these no-cook cinnamon ornaments for the tree or as gifts.

Or you can even make a cinnamon-scented slime!

3. Cranberry

Cranberries are a fruit native to North America. The fruit grows on evergreen shrubs or vines. The flowers are dark pink and are pollinated by bees. Native Americans and European colonists prized cranberries for its medicinal benefits. Cranberries are now considered a superfruit due to their antioxidant qualities.

Cranberries make a fun addition to sensory play activity.

Or use cranberry juice to get the kids to send each other secret messages.

4. Pine

Pine trees are evergreens native to most regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Each country seems to have its own species of pine tree. Pines are long-lived, typically reaching ages of 100–1,000 years. Methuselah is a pine tree in the White Mountains of California and is currently around 4,600 years old. In addition to being cultivated for Christmas trees, pine trees are also grown for timber and wood pulp.

We added fresh pine to our favorite winter oobleck activity for a fun sensory experience with the senses.

5. Peppermint

Peppermint is a flowering perennial plant and is native to Europe. Peppermint is actually a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint is undoubtedly the most popular herb in the world. It is used in tea, candies, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and baked goods.

Use favorite Christmas scent peppermint in peppermint water or peppermint oobleck.

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