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Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity

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Did you know that thyme is a major food source for animals in the Sahara Desert? Honestly, I had no idea. I love when I learn right along with my kids. We continue to learn about the Sahara desert, specifically about the plants of the Sahara. It seems like a big topic, but I just loved this hands on cutting herbs sensory activity that relates to plants that grow in the desert.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity

This sensory STEAM Station activity is from the week of lessons from the Sahara Desert in the Desert Discovery theme from Mother Goose Time.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

I picked up four different kinds of herbs from the grocery store including marjoram, dill, thyme and rosemary.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

Learning about plants that grow in the desert seems pretty boring but we’ve had the best time on this topic! Everyone enjoyed this simple activity cutting herbs. We also learned about olive trees and did some desert plants sensory play.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

You just need a tray, some herbs and a pair of scissors. I put a sprig of each herb on the tray.

I set up this center for two children at a time. They love to have a turn sitting here and doing something new.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

While they were working I talked to them about plants that grow in the desert. Not all of these herbs grow there, but I showed them the thyme, that does.

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

They discovered that some parts were easier to cut than others. Some of the plants were kind of “woody”. Can you imagine being an animal and eating that?

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

I told them that herbs are the kinds of plants that we eat on our foods. They give our foods flavor. Can you smell the herbs?

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

When we cut the plants, they smell wonderful!

Cutting Herbs Sensory Activity Exploring Herbs STEAM Station

Questions to Ask

  • Which plant smells best to you?
  • What kinds of smells might there be in the desert?
  • What do you think plants need in order to grow in the desert?
  • What animals might eat the desert thyme?

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