The Five Senses - Sight

boy with binocular

Most of us depend on our sense of sight more than our other senses. Our eyes are the part of our body that help us see. Our eyes see an image and then send messages to the brain about what they saw.

There are lots of fun activities to help children appreciate how amazing our sense of sight is.

Choose any of the activities listed below to get started...


Place several small items on a tray. Show each item to the children one at a time. Verbally identify what each item is. Place a small towel over the tray and remove one of the items. See if the children can tell you what the missing item is.

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Have children color rainbows in the seven colors. Let them walk around to see if they can find items to match each of the seven colors.

OR... pick up some of those strips of paint samples from a hardware or home supply store. Give each child a strip, and let them see if they can find things that match the colors on the strips.





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Want to know one of the funnest ways to teach about sight? Use binoculars, telescopes, magnifying glasses, and microscopes to see everything in a new way. Look at everyday objects and let them see the up-close parts that they don't normally see.

OR …Use view masters and kaleidoscopes for seeing things in a fun way.

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Read the children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin. This book has been around for decades but is still a big favorite for children.

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Take a reflection walk and let the children find items in which they can see their reflection. Mirrors are obvious, what about appliances, spoons, foil etc. Once they have found their reflections many times, offer them a mirror, and a piece of paper to draw their own self portrait. OR...use a mirror to show children how they can see parts of a room without being in the room by how the mirror is placed.

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Cover windows with black paper to make it as dark as possible. With the light on, lead the children into the room, and have them sit down. Turn off the light and wait. Soon their eyes will grow accustomed to the dark and they will be able to see parts of the room.

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Sit in a circle outside and have the children name as many things as they can that they see. Some children will only point out the large obvious items, while others will try to find the smaller obscure items many people don't notice.

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Blindfold each child and then have them try to build a simple puzzle or a tower of blocks.

*Realize that some children will not like the idea of being blindfolded. Only use this activity with children who are willing.

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Let them experiment with a camera. Explain that the eyes work a lot like a camera. Both cameras and your eyes actually record the picture upside down. They don't actually see things upside down because their brain turns the picture around for them.

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More Five Senses Fun

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Fun Daycare Activities

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