Senses Alive! is a quiet but active and imaginative engagement of all five senses that works to develop a quiet mind and an ability to be present in the moment with inquisitive focus. In terms of these results, this activity has been likened to mindfulness meditation. Unlike meditation, Senses Alive! is designed to aid children in learning how to use their senses to the fullest for complete awareness of their environment. It is an ideal exercise throughout your all day Outdoor Classroom and is highly beneficial as a settling-in-routine as well. Thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, this 45-minute lesson is designed to deliver the basics of Senses Alive! to ages 4-9 (K-3).
Note: The Senses Alive! activity is an essential companion with all lessons provided by “Your Own Backyard”.
Included in the package:
• complete and sequenced instructions
• 2 original stories of nature encounters enjoyed by the author told in the voice of a child
• 1 original line drawing of “The Most Awesome Animal Ever”
• a link to 4 original line drawings of the four animal representatives: the deer, the owl, the raccoon, and the dog
• a link to 3 Animal Match-up Games (concentration-style digital card games that introduce some backyard creature vocabulary)
Structured similarly, this mini-lesson is a condensed version of the Senses Alive! in “Your Own Backyard” Expanded Lesson.
The “Expanded” for-purchase week-long lesson plan explores each sense with animal representative separately. There are home activities that further encourage curiosity, imagination, and creativity, and give each child the opportunity to share their Senses Alive! experiences with their parent(s). This is followed by in-class sharing during the final Show n’ Tell-style lesson.
Please follow the Link-Senses Alive! Five Senses Awareness Challenge Card Set K-1
to find the primary companion activity card set;
Link-Senses Alive! Awareness Challenge Cards 2-3
to find the junior companion activity card set; and,
Link-Senses Alive! Awareness Challenge Cards 4-5
to find the intermediate companion activity card set.
So, have exuberant, creative fun with your kids and enjoy the experience for yourself, to boot!