Five Senses in Five Minutes

Another Mindfulness exercise I hope you’ll enjoy. This one connects you to the space you’re in at the moment you’re there.

Materials You’ll Need…

  • A room or space outside
Pick a room or space outdoors to do this activity (you’ll only be there for five minutes or so, so you might want to switch up your location each time you do this).
For five minutes, you’re going to get in tune with your five senses. Try to find the following:
  1. One thing you can taste
  2. Two things you can smell
  3. Three things you can hear
  4. Four things you can touch
  5. Five things you can see
Personally, I like to do the first three with my eyes closed. I always feel like I can hear better when I’m not distracted with the things I’m seeing. 
When I’ve done this with students, I’ve given them the option to jot things down if we’re planning on sharing afterward. It takes a lot of the pressure off of young students, especially, and it helps them keep track of how many things they’ve noticed around them.

Katrina Martin

Katrina Martin is the owner of Katrina's Resources and a B-6 certified teacher in New York State. She specializes in elementary education and curriculum development. You can read her blog at or view her educational resources on

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