Tell your children a story about Nosy Nick the reindeer (or another animal) who loves to smell. Explain that he especially loves holiday smells. Bring in a toy reindeer or other animal to enhance your story. Ask children to bring in something for Nosy Nick to smell such as pine needles in a plastic zip-lock bag or cinnamon placed in a glass jar. Let children and Nosy Nick sniff each item. Then invite students to identify each smell. Finally, create a group story that tells about Nick's (and children's) smelling experience.
"First, Nosy Nick smelled _________________.
Next, he smelled _____________.
Nosy Nick did not like to smell __________________...
and so on.
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