People have 5 senses.
We can hear.
We can see.
We can smell things.
We can taste things.
We can feel things we touch.
People have five senses. The five senses are hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching:
with our ears.
Go here for information about ears and the sense of hearing.
Sometimes people have a hearing impairment, which means they cannot hear at all or only to some degree.
Go here for more information about hearing impairments.
We see with our eyes.
The light goes into the eyes through the pupils. The part at the back of the eye where the picture is made is the retina. The light is focused onto the retina by the lens, which is just behind the pupil. The nerve to the brain is the optic nerve.
Go here to read more about eyes and how they work:
This site has an interactive eye for you to explore
Some people have difficulties seeing colours. This is called colour blindness. There are different kinds of colour blindness. Go here to find out more about forms of colour blindness:
Some people have vision impairment, meaning they cannot see very well or cannot see at all.
Can your eyes trick you?
We smell with our nose.
Nerves inside the nose take messages to the brain about the smells that come into the nose in the air. The brain tells what we are smelling.
Go here to find out how your nose works: http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthTopicDetailsKids.aspx?p=335&np=152&id=1686
We taste with our tongue. The tongue is covered with about 10,000 very tiny bumps called taste buds. Taste buds on different parts of the tongue taste different things; sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
Chemicals in the food we eat make the taste buds work and nerves in the tongue send messages to the brain which tells us what it is we are tasting.
Smelling food also helps us to taste our food. Have you ever noticed that when you have a cold, you can't taste anything?
This map of the tongue shows the different parts of the tongue and what they taste
Go here to read more about taste buds and the tongue: http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/taste_buds.html
|We touch and feel with our skin.
Nerve endings in the skin send messages to the brain that tell us about what we are touching, such as whether it is warm, hot, cold, painful, soft, prickly, rough, sticky.
Go here for more information about the skin.
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