Senses & Textures

EYFS, KS 1; Early Years, First Stage KS 1.
Ages 3 - 7

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW:  We’re going to use our senses to meet our animal friends (except taste, please do not taste our animals! (yuck!)) and find out
how they use their senses? How do they look, sound, smell and what they feel like?

Children get to explore and understand how animals use their senses within their habitats. How do animals perceive their surroundings and how well are their senses adapted to them? Children make hands-on discoveries of textures and senses in an animal handling experience that is suitable for everyone from new intake to SEN classes.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Define a humans 5 senses

  • Discuss what animals look, sound, smell and feel like.

  • Identify ZooLab’s animal’s senses

  • Explain how animals use their senses within their habitats

Animals often used in this workshop:


Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

What are senses?

Senses are how our bodies perceive of an external stimulus. Humans have five basic senses - sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. The information gathered from the associated organ is sent to the brain to help us understand our environment and the world around us.

Our bodies are amazing! Did you know that it is thought that we could have around 21 senses? These include proprioception (space perception), equilibrioception (balance) and thermoception (temperature). Animals use senses to help them navigate their habitats. The use of senses differ between species to suit the environment that they are in - some rely on some senses more than others or have unique senses like the ability to see infrared and electric fields (how cool
is that!?)


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