Taste and Smell – 5 a day books

This month will have a senses focus in our home. Starting with taste and smell here are our choices for the week.

Where There’s a Bear, There’s Trouble!

Spotting a yellow bee starts one brown bear on a hunt for delicious honey. Two greedy geese follow the bear in search of ripe, juicy berries. Three mice follow the geese in search of corn. The repetition and animal noises makes this book easy to remember and fun to join in with making it perfect for 5 a day.

Smelly Socks

Tina loves her new socks so much she vows never to take them off. After a whole month of smelly socks her friends take action. Michael Martchenko’s illustrations, animals escaping the ‘scrub scrub scrub’ in the lake are hilarious.

The King, the Mice and the Cheese

The smell of the King’s delicious cheese attracts mice from all the land. The King is unhappy with his palace being overrun. His wise men bring in cats, dogs, lions and then elephants. The King realizes the mice were not so bad after all and invites them back to live in harmony at the palace. A vintage book, a classic to us.


The expository book explains how smells travel to our brain. Facts about smells are explained. An index, alternative books to read and internet sites are given towards the end of this book.


Find out which parts of your tongue taste different things. “Your sense of smell helps you taste food”. Resources for further investigation are given at the end of the book.

I have fun memories of learning about the senses in school. Now I need to think of some great activities… any ideas?

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