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Smells, like sounds, can give information about things close by or at a distance. To understand how to use smells, your child needs to learn to identify different smells and where they come from. You can use your everyday tasks to help your child learn about smells in the community.
To help improve your child's sense of smell
When you are walking, explain the different smells around you — for example, from food, flowers, animals, garbage. If at all possible, bring your child close enough to touch the object that she smells.
Good morning, little girl. Do you smell something good?
Good morning, sir. I smell peaches.
Would you like to have a peach?
Can you go to the cart yourself, Maria?
|The next time you walk together, see
if she can name the smells herself...
|...and ask her to walk toward |
the smell or away from it.