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Smell Match

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    University of Washington

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Smell Match

In this matching activity (3rd activity on the page), learners use their sense of smell to match pairs of opaque containers filled with various smelly items like orange peel, roses, or moth balls. This activity page includes a link to background information about the sense of smell.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Smells: lemon, orange peel, cedar wood, perfume, banana, pine, etc.
  • Opaque containers
  • Something to poke holes in the top of the containers (scissors or drill)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Smell
  • Mathematics
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Games
  • Science Festivals Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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