When you've earned this badge, you'll know how you use your five
senses to explore the world.
What’s needed: 10 small items*, a tray, cloth, paper and pencils or
crayons, three types of cheese, fruit or other food that is similar*,
paper, glue, a few assorted small textured items (sandpaper, glitter,
etc.), and several food items from the kitchen that your Girl Scout
can taste (at least one each of salty, sweet, sour and bitter) *Items
should be collected by an adult or older sibling so your Girl Scout
doesn’t see them. Read through the steps for more information.
- Look around – Have an adult or sibling put 10 items on a tray
and cover them with a cloth. Take the cloth off the tray and look at
the items for 10 seconds. List as many items as you can remember.
Check yourself. This game has been popular with Girl Scouts for
nearly 100 years!
- Listen to the world – Listen for sounds
outside (no peeking out a window). Draw pictures of what might be
making the sounds. Look outside and see if you are right.
- Put your nose to work - Put on a blindfold and smell the three
foods your parent has collected. Guess-- and if you want, taste the
food two times – once regularly and once while holding your nose to
see if the food tastes the same as when you could smell.
- Take a taste test – Go in the kitchen with your parent or
another adult and find one food that is salty, one that is sweet,
one that is bitter, and one that is sour.
- Touch and feel –
Make a poster of textures using a variety of household items like
sandpaper, fabric, yarn, etc. Try to get as many textures on your
poster as possible (rough, smooth, soft, hard, squishy, hairy,
bumpy, etc.) Blindfold your family members and ask them to identify