This is a fun activity that can be played with children of all ages. It not only introduces children to the sense of touch, but also helps them think descriptively, which is helpful when writing. Here’s what you’ll need:
*Brown paper lunch bags
*A variety of small objects from around the house or outside. Some possibilities are:
- Toiletries – a comb, a hairbrush, a bobby pin, or a tube of toothpaste
- Small toys – a Lego, a bouncy ball, or a piece of dollhouse furniture
- Office supplies – a paperclip, a hole punch, or a pen
- Food items – an apple, and orange, a lemon, a pretzel, some broccoli, or a cookie
- Kitchen items – a spoon or a measuring cup
- The possibilities are endless!
How to play:
Before you start, put one object in each paper bag. Have a lot of bags ready, because your child will probably want to play again and again.
Next, have your child choose a bag. She then puts her hand in the bag and feels the item. No peeking! After taking a few moments to feel it, she decides what the item is.
Now, she has to describe the item to you. She can’t tell what it’s used for – only what it feels like. From her description, you must guess what the item is.
Now it’s your turn! You choose a bag, reach your hand in, and decide what the object is that you’re feeling. This will be a little easier for you, since you placed them in the bags. Try to describe it so well that your child knows what it is.
If you have several children, you can divide them up into teams. Each child will take turns describing the items while their teammates guess. Each team gets a point for a correct guess. The team with the most points wins! Because team members might have several different ideas, have them consult with each other and come up with just one answer.
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