Free Fun in Perfume Shop – the Sniffing Game

Last week a visit to The Body Shop on Mannerheimintie by Forum ended up being much more fun than I expected: instead of being stressed over trying to look for the items I need while trying to keep those super quick little hands in control, the shop keeper initiated a fun game. She encouraged me to spray a bit of perfume on small pieces of paper and let my toddlers sniff them. My 3 yo guessed what the smell was surprisingly many times (for the ones not invited in the selection, their scents are often based on common fruit, berries and flowers), and little brother, a bit more than a year younger, had also fun smelling and suggesting apples and bananas to everything (the only fruit he knows the name of). We had heaps of fun.

Later I realised that this technique is great even elsewhere: rather than always parroting “please, do not touch” I’ve said, “smell and guess what it is” – and the fingers have stayed away (we’ll see how long this lasts for…)! And how easy will it not be to make a similar game at home too, just pick a few sources of scents and start guessing?

And good folks, support the Body Shop in Forum. I certainly will after such good customer service!


  1. […] could do lying on the sofa, and she found it quite entertaining. This game reminds me of the sniffing game we used play in shops but have forgotten about […]

  2. […] I was distracted by Free But Fun’s bright idea for keeping little fingers under control (and little noses busy) in shopping centres, the patient mother’s description of their […]

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