Molecule Match

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In this activity, learners will use their nose to sniff out hidden scents using extracts and cotton balls. Activity includes materials list, game instructions, STEM connections and more. This activity requires adult preparation time.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 20 dessert size paper plates
  • 10 types of extracts or flavoring
  • marker
  • 20 cotton balls
  • coffee beans
  • paper and pencil



  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Games


Access Rights:

  • Free access