Feely Bag Game
Thinking: To foster ways in which your child collects and gathers information, and the way in which your child uses it.
Age Groups: Preschooler
This is a game that will encourage your child to use different senses to identify familiar things in their environment. Spend some time with your child exploring and talking about the variety of things they use every day.
You will need:
- A cloth bagClick the Accessibility bar below for details on materials that can be substituted to make this activity easier for children with a range of abilities.
- A collection of familiar household objects (e.g., comb, mitten, toy car, spoon)
- Once your child has had lots of experience using the objects selected for this activity, place them one at a time into a cloth bag.
- Your child can then reach into the bag, touch the object and try to guess what it is by its shape, texture, size or even the sound it makes!
- You are now ready to begin this activity!
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Some children are developing the ability to recognize features of objects. These tips will support your child’s ability to recognize features of objects. These tips will support your child’s ability to identify objects based on traits and build their eye/hand coordination (how their hands and eyes work together).
- Low tray
- Rubber place mat
Use objects that your child is familiar with, and select 3 to start
With your child label each object as you place them on a low tray with a rubber place underneath to keep it from slipping
Place a scarf over the tray to cover the objects and make sure your child can easily reach, touch, and take out each object
Encourage your child to feel the texture or sound of each object and guess what it is
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you use low trays and cover it with a scarf
- Your child will develop an understanding of how to use touch to guess the object that is hidden
- Your child will develop an understanding of different features of objects
- Encourage your child to use only their senses, other than sight
- Develop empathy for those who live with visual challenges
- Provide clues as your child touches objects (i.e. This is something that you wear when it is cold outside)
- Feel encourage as they further their thinking skills while making guesses
- Ask your child to describe objects
- Builds your child’s language and thinking skills
- If you child is not sure what to say, provide some choices for them (i.e. Is the object soft or hard? Is it round or square?)
- Relate this activity to other concepts, such as experience they have encountered with the materials
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Talk with your child about using different senses (i.e. Sight, touch, smell, taste, hear).
- This activity is also an opportunity to talk about environmentally-friendly materials that relates to what is inside their bag
- Guess What I Have
by Ana Martin-Larranaga
Everyday Moments: Play Time