A Kid’s Guide to the 5 Senses in Spanish
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The Five Senses in Spanish
If your kids ask you how to say five senses in Spanish language, here’s everything you need to know!
The five senses are los cinco sentidos in Spanish. These are sensations that guide us to discover and relate with our environment. In other words, they help us understand what’s happening around us by sending messages through cells (called “receptor cells”) to our brain, using our nervous system to deliver that message.
If you translate them from English to Spanish, here’s what you’ll find.
Senses meanings in Spanish:
When putting the senses in Spanish into sentences, you have to add the phrase el sentido de before the sense. For example:
El sentido de la vista es el más importante de todos.
The sense of sight is the most important of all.
Muchas personas nacen sin el sentido del oído.
Lots of people are born without the sense of hearing.
Gracias al sentido del gusto puedo disfrutar de mis comidas favoritas.
Thanks to the sense of taste I can enjoy my favorite foods.
Si no tuviéramos el sentido del tacto, probablemente nos lastimaríamos mucho más.
If we didn’t have the sense of touch, we would probably hurt ourselves a lot more.
El sentido del olfato trabaja junto con el sentido del gusto.
The sense of smell works together with the sense of taste.
Now that you know the basics, find the senses definitions, as well as vocabulary words and activities!
The Sense of Sight in Spanish
In the dictionary, you’ll see that the sense of sight has to do with visual perception. That is, the ability of the eyes to see objects around you. With this sense, you can perceive color, brightness, and depth, for example. Also, it is considered as one of the most complex of the five senses.
Here are different vocabulary words to describe the perceptions in the sense of sight.
El clima estaba claro y templado, era fácil ver el camino.
The weather was clear and temperate, it was easy to see the road.
La foto estaba borrosa, no podía ver claramente la imagen.
The photo was blurry, I couldn’t see the image clearly.
La luz es demasiado tenue para leer.
The light is too dim for me to read.
Me encantan los colores vívidos, me levantan la energía.
I love vivid colors, they raise my energy.
Con el paso del tiempo, el sol decolora el piso.
Over time, the sun discolors the floor.
La luz de la vela parpadea.
The candle’s light is flickering.
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Download our set of free PDFs with activities for kids. To put in practice the sense of sight, ask your kids to look at the pictures provided in our free PDF and find the differences between them.
In order to practice vocabulary words while exercising the sense of sight, ask your kids to find the words in a sopa de letras (word search).
Sense of Hearing in Spanish
The sense of hearing is, basically, the ability to hear and perceive sounds. In other words, it’s the auditory perception.
To describe the perception of hearing, here are several words you can teach your kids!
¡Escuché un bum a la mitad de la noche! Creo que fue una explosión.
I heard a boom in the middle of the night! I think it was an explosion.
En las películas de vaqueros se escuchan muchos ¡ban bans! porque siempre tienen pistolas.
In cowboy movies you hear a lot of bang bangs because they always have guns.
Me gusta escuchar el ¡pop! cuando hago palomitas de maíz.
I like to hear the pop when I make popcorn.
Sounds of impact
El sonido del choque de los carros fue muy fuerte.
The sound of the cars crashing was very loud.
El fuerte golpe de pasos en las escaleras no me dejó dormir.
The heavy thump of footsteps on the stairs didn’t let me sleep.
Sounds of water
|splash||chapotear / salpicar|
Podíamos oír el gorgoteo del agua contra las rocas.
We could hear the gurgle of water against the rocks.
No me salpiques agua, tengo puesta mi mejor camisa.
Don’t splash water on me; I’ve got my best shirt on.
El zumbido de las abejas.
The buzzing sound of bees.
Las máquinas en funcionamiento suelen tener un zumbido continuo.
Machines in operation often make a continuous humming sound.
El tictac de los relojes.
The tick of clocks.
Hubo un sonido metálico cuando dejó caer las herramientas.
There was a clang as he dropped the tools.
- To put the sense of hearing into practice, take 3 small containers and fill them halfway with sand (or small rocks), water, and several paper clips. Don’t let your kids see what’s inside of each container. Then, ask them to shake each container and tell you what they hear. To practice what they learned, ask them to describe the sounds in Spanish, with the words in the tables. For example: rocks – choque, water – salpicar, paper clips – sonido metálico.
- Have a listening walk activity with your kids. Print the material we’ve provided, go outside, listen to what’s in the environment, and ask them to mark with an X the figures that they hear. There are blank spaces in case they hear something that’s not in the paper and want to draw it. Below each drawing, find words in Spanish so that they can learn vocabulary words.
Sense of Taste in Spanish
The sense of taste is the sensory system that is responsible for the perception of taste. There are five universally accepted tastes:
|sour||agrio / ácido|
*Umami means “essence of deliciousness” in Japanese, and its taste is often described as the meaty, savory deliciousness that deepens flavor.
Now, find vocabulary related to the perception of taste.
|mouthwatering||“agua la boca” / delicioso|
|tasteless||insípida / sin sabor|
Entré al restaurante y olí algo delicioso, se me hizo agua la boca.
I walked in the restaurant and smelled something mouthwatering.
La comida estaba insípida, no tenía nada de sabor.
The food was bland / tasteless, it didn’t have any flavor.
El plato se miraba poco apetitoso, tenía mucho orégano.
The dish looked unappetizing, it had too much oregano.
Cuando regresé a casa, la mayoría de las frutas estaban podridas. Se me olvidó refrigerarlas.
When I got back home, most fruits were rotten. I forgot to refrigerate them.
Test your kids’ tasting abilities!
- Print the sheet we provided and let your kids paste the correct color in each square.
- Fill a small container with some skittles or jelly beans. Blindfold your kids and ask them to take the candy one by one, then taste it, and finally tell what flavor / color it is. They’re going to love sharing their senses in Spanish with this one!
Sense of Touch in Spanish
The sense of touch is one that allows us to perceive qualities of objects such as pressure, temperature, roughness, softness, and hardness, for example. It’s the one that lets us perceive the world through our hands and bodies.
Teach the following words to describe what we can perceive through our sense of touch!
|gummy (like bubble gum)||pegajoso|
|gooey (like honey)||pegajoso|
El piso quedó muy mojado después de la lluvia.
The floor was very wet after the rain.
El piso quedó muy mojado después de la lluvia.
The texture of a bubble gum in gummy.
Esta tela tiene una textura sedosa, es tan suave.
This cloth has a silky texture, is so soft.
Stitch, de “Lilo & Stitch” ¡es tierno y esponjoso!
Stitch, from “Lilo & Stitch” is tender and spongy!
La lija es áspera.
Sandpaper is rough.
Print the sheet we provide and, in each hand, paste materials you can find at home or at school with different textures. Then, blindfold your kids, ask them to touch each material and let them describe the texture with adjectives in Spanish. For a better learning experience, write the textures in Spanish below each hand.
Material ideas: cotton, sponge, foamy, sandpaper, glue, a tiny container with water, a piece of silk, a rock, and paint. Feel free to add any other material!
Sense of Smell in Spanish
Smell is known as one of the five senses that allows us to perceive and distinguish smells. It has many functions, including detecting hazards and pheromones, and plays a role in taste (fun fact: without smell, we aren’t able to taste!).
Check the following vocabulary to talk about the last one of the senses in Spanish.
|scent||olor / aroma|
|smelly||maloliente / oler mal|
Si algo es aromático o fragante, huele bien.
If something is aromatic or fragrant, it smells nice.
El aroma de las flores entró por la ventana.
The scent of flowers came in through the window.
Había un hedor abrumador en la granja.
There was an overwhelming stench in the farm.
Los cuellos de las camisas huelen mal y están mojados.
Shirt collars are smelly and wet.
El jugo de limón es ácido como el vinagre, pero huele refrescante.
Lemon juice is acidic like vinegar, but smells refreshing.
Create a smelling station for your kids! Fill 5 non-see-through jars with different ingredients (for example: coffee, rosemary, orange slices, garlic, and peppermint candy) and put them in a row. Ask your kids to smell each one of them and tell you what they think is inside.
Print the material we provide, the one with empty jars, and after your children guess the odors, ask them to draw and paint the ingredients in each jar, trying to guess the amount of each ingredient in the jars. This will make the activity more fun!
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