Horton Senses Something Small

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In this story time program, young learners listen to the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who." Learners use their eyes to look at small things using lenses and use their sense of smell to detect things that are too small to see. Learners also make and decorate an elephant ears craft.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • "Horton Hears a Who" by Dr. Seuss
  • Round balloons in different colors
  • Variety of flavored extracts
  • Balloon pump
  • Fresnel Lenses
  • Interesting things to look at (shells, rocks, butterfly)
  • Elephant ear template
  • Construction paper
  • Stapler and/or tape
  • Crayons and/or colored pencils
  • Smelly stickers


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
      • Vision
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0532536
  • National Science Foundation, 0940143