The last Saturday in April—that’s tomorrow—is National Sense of Smell Day. This may or may not be a day that interests you, however it piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. First, I wondered what your favorite smells might be, and we’ll get to that in a sec. It also reminded me of a funny story that I was told about my childhood. The story goes that my family was on a road trip. All of a sudden a horrendous smell filled the car, which was immediately blamed on little ole me, because I was in diapers. But wait—it wasn’t me at all! As soon as the car was stopped for an immediate diaper change, the folks realized that stinky smell was coming from a nearby paper mill. Pee-yew!!
Smell certainly has a way of triggering memories. I love the smell of fresh cut wood, perhaps because my dad was a logger. Fresh-baked cookies, oh yeah. I even like the smell of coffee and I don’t drink the stuff. Weird, huh?
Have you ever invited your students to talk about their favorite smells? This could be a fun conversation and also a discreet way to make kiddos more aware of this important sense.
So what are your favorite smells?
Do I smell chocolate?