The Weekend Project: Let the Nose Get to Work
April 29, 2022
Have you ever passed by a perfume store and the smell reminds you of someone from the past? Or drop by a pastry shop and it reminded you of your childhood days when your grandmother bakes the meanest cupcakes in town? The sense of smell plays a vital role in inducing memories, and, interestingly, identifying dangers. While the sense of sight is the main danger identifier during the day, the sense of smell, however, works double-time at night. The scent of the wind sends signals to our brain that will also alert different senses. Moreover, the loss of smell can also indicate a sign of illness. While it occurs naturally with age, it can alert you if you have a disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Another interesting fact is that no two people smell odors the same way. And our senses heighten as the day progresses, with the evening as the peak or strongest sense of smell. The scent cells renew every one to two months and are actually the only sense nerve cells that can regenerate, which are responsible for triggering memories from the scent because they connect directly to the brain where all the memories are kept. Taking foods rich in Vitamin A helps in regenerating our smell scent cells. And as we savor the new scents throughout the day, it is only fitting to recognize the importance of taking care of our bodies. And on the last Saturday of April, we celebrate the Sense of Smell Day. While it may seem trivial to celebrate the special day, our kids can learn more about their senses through this. And here are some of the activities you can do together over the weekend:
Play with pineapple-scented slimePlaying with slime knows no season. Add in the pineapples, you and your kids will be transported to summer in advance. Summer reminds me of vacation, and the weekend is the perfect day to feel summery in spring. What you need:
- 1 tbsp pineapple Jell-o powder
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup clear craft glue
- ½ to ¾ liquid starch
- Optional: yellow food coloring and gold glitter
- Add the water and Jell-o to a bowl. Dissolve by stirring slightly.
- Stir in the clear craft glue.
- To enhance the already yellow-colored mixture, add in a few drops of yellow food color. For more extra-ness, pour in a few amounts of gold glitter.
- Slowly add spoonfuls of liquid starch until you get the consistency of the slime that you want.
- Then, dig in by kneading the slime mixture.
- The scent of pineapple intensifies over the next 24 hours.
Spring garden time!What is springtime without flowers? You and your kids would love to take a stroll in the garden for this fun activity. Not only is it a feast on the eyes, but it will also teach your kids about the flowers. What you need:
- Flowers of your choice
- Colored papers or craft papers
- Gather the flowers and place them in mason jars or any container.
- Place the flowers on the table with a designated name on each.
- Then, let the kids smell each flower, and take notes of the smell and what memory does it reminds them of. Ask them which smell is the most fragrant for them, and which one they do not like. You can also prepare some trivia about each kind of flower, as it would be easier for them to retain the information because they are experiencing it firsthand. If you also can, prepare the seeds for each flower and you can plant them in the backyard afterward.