Frequently asked questions

Why is it essential to encourage and support children in their sensory discoveries ?

Toddlers learn “naturally” from their personal experience or in interaction with their parents or carers. This learning has a socio-cultural connotation which may neglect part of reality or forget certain senses. Being open to early discoveries, even implicit ones, strengthens children’s ability to adapt to a world of many forms and cultures.

Let us take two examples.

It is noticeable that in our Western cultures, children are taught by saying “look” or “listen” but rarely “feel”. However, over the last thirty years, neuroscience has shown the importance of the sense of smell, and this for the human species as well.

The sense of smell primarily influences eating (what we call “taste” largely depends on the sense of smell), facilitates chemical communication between humans (body odors), especially within the family, and helps identify places and objects.

Achieving an olfactory awakening first allows children to discover that they have a nose and can use it. Secondly, detecting and appreciating a smell requires concentration and memory. It is beneficial for all learning in this day and age when we switch from one occupation to another. Finally, as the sense of smell is an essential component of taste, exercising one’s nose can be a good way not only to appreciate food, but also to choose healthier and more biocompatible food.

Another example is hearing. We know that the ear of the newborn is open to the whole range of frequencies but that, from the end of the first year, the ear focuses on the mother tongue. A specialisation that makes the child efficient in understanding this language, and then in speaking it, but which, at the same time, reduces its generalist aptitudes. In this respect, the French language particularly disadvantages French children because it extends over only two frequency ranges, one around 250 hertz (low) and the other around 1500 hertz. In contrast, the Russian language extends between 100 and 11000 hertz, benefiting Russian children. French children therefore have difficulty learning music and foreign languages… except in a favourable environment.

How can I help “5 senses for kids Foundation” ?

You can help by financially supporting “5 senses for kids Foundation”.

This way, we can carry out more projects for the children, and discoveries will progress faster.We are planning several projects during the year. Your help will make the difference in completing them.

For online donations, we have chosen to use the secure payment platform HelloAsso.

You can also support the mission of “5 senses for kids Foundation” by implementing educational, cultural, social or scientific actions. These one contribute to the development of children by promoting multi-sensoriality as a fundamental basis for their development and their openness to the world. Themes, research and interactions are available on this site. Do not hesitate to share with us what you are doing, or simply your ideas.

How is “5 senses for kids Foundation” funded ?

“5 senses for kids Foundation” is a non-profit organisation. Funding is provided by private companies, through sponsorship, and by individual donations.

I have a project to propose to “5 senses for kids Foundation”, how can I proceed ?

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Does the “5 senses for kids Foundation” think tank have a political role ?

“5 senses for kids Foundation” is non-governmental, non-political and non-denominational.