What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

What’s that Smell? A Guessing Game for the Whole Family

What’s that Smell? A Guessing Game for the Whole Family

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

When we were kids, my mom used to set up a guessing game for us for Girl Guide events or birthday parties. We called it “What’s that Smell?” or the Smelling Guessing Game. 

So, when we were having family over for dinner and I wanted to have a family-friendly activity for us to do afterwards, I knew just the game. 



I phoned my mom, and lo and behold, she still had the tiny glass jars, still numbered, that we used in our childhood. 

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca 

You might be able to find small jars at the dollar store, or I would recommend using dixie cups, or any other small containers you can find. 

Fill each jar with a liquid. This was the fun part, and Mom and I brainstormed for a long time and probably could have filled dozens of jars! We happened to have 17. 

I used: 

  • Pancake syrup
  • Milk
  • Maple flavouring (this was too close to the pancake syrup, so use one or the other)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Soya Sauce
  • Windex
  • Water
  • Bleach
  • Almond Flavouring
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cherry juice
  • Coffee
  • Peppermint extract
  • Beer
  • Mr. Clean

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

Other possibilities were

  • Honey
  • Paint thinner
  • Molasses
  • Wine
  • Orange Juice
  • Mouth wash
  • Pickle Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Apple Juice

What else can you think of?

I set the bottles up around the table, each with a numbered tag. Each person had a paper and a pencil and spread themselves around the table. We rotated around, smelling the contents, and writing down our guesses. 

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

DO NOT TASTE the contents! I made this very clear! 

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

Some of the liquids were really hard to guess, especially the water! 

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

The kids had a lot of fun doing this, and could guess most of the smells. The youngest, at 7, needed to be paired with an adult. 

What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

We spent about 15 minutes smelling the contents before people stated their guesses and I revealed the answers. The best score was 14/17! But, really, it was all friendly competition! 

This is a fun, multi-aged family activity that only takes a few minutes to set up, and is a fun challenge for the nose! What's that smell? A guessing game for the whole family with www.ValleyFamilyFun.ca

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