• Iris Windsor

Teaching Toddlers About Herbs

Updated: Aug 5, 2019

A toddler's nose helps little Learners explore.

The sense of smell grows fastest in the first 6 months of life and peaks in early childhood. This is why small children have a better sense of smell (I smell cake!!) than their parents or grandparents. A child who is just days old can recognise the smell of mother's skin.

At Dragonfly's Early Learning, our childcare centre near Coolum Beach, the children are able to use the herbs that they grow in their gardens to add to the play dough that they are making. It is wonderful for child development for these little dragonflies to be able to recognise the smells of the herbs from the things that they pick from the gardens

What beautiful photos we have of these little ones at play!

They learn that smell is a sense and that they use their noses to smell

Some herbs have particular effects on sensory perception. At dragonfly's Early Learning we add herbs to the playdough to increase sensory perception to help refine the children's sense of smell

Nervines are herbs that nourish and calm the nervous system.

Nervines for kids include


Rose Petals



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