I Am Thankful That I Can Smell and Taste
To help each child appreciate the senses of smell and taste.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show them the pictures and what each one means.
Show the empty face.
What is missing?
Place the face parts on the table and have the children take turns putting them in the right spot.
Point to your mouth and say, “This is my mouth.” Then ask, “Can you show me your mouth?” and help the children point to their own mouths. Repeat for eyes, nose, ears, hands, and feet. Then point to each body part without saying its name and have the children name it. If the children can name all of these parts, you might also ask the names of some body parts less well-known to children, such as elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles.
Prepare one small sample for each child of a pleasant-smelling food (such as fruit, bread, cookie, or popcorn). Put the samples in a bag. Check with the children’s parents to make sure no child is allergic to the food.
Ask the children to close their eyes. Let each child smell the food samples in the bag and guess what food they are. While their eyes are still closed, give the children samples to eat. Have the children open their eyes, and show or tell them what they just ate.
How did this food smell?
How did this food taste?
You could enjoy the food even when you couldn’t see it. We are able to do this because Heavenly Father has blessed them with the senses of smell and taste.
We each have a nose so we can smell
How do we smell things?
Discuss with the children some of the things they have smelled during the week, such as food cooking, fresh air after rain, or flowers. Tell the children that we should thank Heavenly Father for our sense of smell.
What things do you like to smell?
Help the children do the following activity verse:
I Have a Nose
I have a nose (point to nose).
It sits on my face (put hands on cheeks),
Right in the middle
In the very best place (use finger to draw an imaginary circle around nose).
My nose can sniff (sniff);
My nose can smell (take a deep breath through nose and let it out).
I thank Heavenly Father (fold arms)
That my nose works so well.
We each have a tongue so we can taste
Let the children look at their tongues in a mirror.
Our tongues have lots of taste buds that help us taste things that are bitter, sweet, sour, and salty. Point out the parts of the tongue where you taste bitter, sweet, sour and salty. Have the children taste some water. Our tongues can also help us tell if things are wet or cold.
Have samples of something sour (such as lemon juice), salty (such as salt), and sweet (such as sugar) for the children to taste. Check with the children’s parents to make sure no child is allergic to any of the samples.
Heavenly Father has blessed each of us with a tongue so we can taste. Let the children taste the sour, salty, and sweet things if they wish to.
Which one is sour?
Which one is salty?
Which one is sweet?
What is your favorite thing to taste?
Explain that we are told in this book of scripture that things that smell and taste good are for us to use and enjoy (see D&C 59:18–19).
Moses and the Israelites traveled many days in the wilderness. They had fled Egypt
from the horrible Pharaoh that kept the Israelites as slaves. Their food was gone and they were hungry. The longer they traveled in the wilderness the more they complained. The more they complained the madder they got at Moses. Moses prayed Heavenly Father for food.
Heavenly Father listened to Moses prayers and told him that “I will rain bread from heaven for you.”
The next morning, there was dew all over the camp. Dew is little droplets of water that evaporate as the sun comes up. When the sun came up and the dew was gone, on the ground was what the Israelites called Manna. The manna tasted like bread and honey
. If it is not fast Sunday give each child a Vanilla Wafer. Every morning when the Israelites woke up there was manna on the ground.
How did the manna taste? (See Exodus 16:31.)
Have you ever tasted honey?
How does it taste?
There are many things that are not safe to taste: some berries, cleaning supplies, things from unknown bottles or cans, or medicine or pills without parents’ permission. These things can make us very sick. It is very important to ask an adult before you taste or eat anything you find.
Let the children color the “I am thankful I can smell and taste.”
Express your gratitude for a nose to smell things and a tongue to taste things. Remind the children to thank Heavenly Father for their senses of smell and taste.
Invite a child to say the closing prayer.
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