The inspiration for our mindfulness activity came from a fall art project that my younger daughter did in her preschool class, where the class made art with spices and herbs they had first smelled. For our home activity, I also added our own twist and brought back the blindfold, which was a hit during the “Blindfolded Fruit Tasting Game.”
The Simple Game
The first thing we did was pick our spices. We picked some yummy ones- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. My girls and I smelled the spices first before putting small amounts in containers. And then came the fun part. We each took turns putting our blindfold on to guess what spice was in each container. We paused and took a deep breath in and deep breath out, and sometimes a second smell to make sure we knew what it was. We then had to share our guess after smelling the spice.
My 5-year old nailed all of them and got all 4 spice smells correct; my 2-year old was done playing after one guess. Interestingly, my husband and I both got nutmeg and cinnamon mixed up.
Some Messy Fun
Once we did the guessing game, then we used the spices to do some fun messy art. It did get quite messy, so it may be worth taking this game outdoors. Here’s the results of some of the artwork. All in all, a really easy and fun sensory game to tune into the sense of smell, and relax with some fun art after.