One of the key factors that makes a scientist a good scientist is the ability to observe. Use this activity to exercise the boys' observation abilities. Set up blind stations (using boxes that have dark cloths covering the openings) with different feel-, taste-, and smell-identifying objects. Label each station according to how it is to be "observed" (SMELL STATION, TOUCH STATION, or TASTE STATION) and have the different items in each for them to identify. Some examples for each category include:
• Vanilla (extract) • Mint (extract or candy) • Sulfur (burned matches) • Cinnamon
• Different fruit jellies • Different meat salads (chicken, ham, tuna)
• Fur • Burlap • Linen (fine cotton) • Paper • Plastic Point out to the boys how their senses are important to observing scientific activities as well as everything around them.