Learning Game for Kids: What’s Inside?

My kids love this guessing game!  They practice using descriptive vocabulary and critical thinking skills without even realizing they are learning.  Although this game is simple, it can be used for multiple ages.  Plus, the skills learned through play are essential.

learning game for kids

To play, you only need a box and things to hide.  We made a box out of our Lego Duplos, but you can use anything you have around the house.  Then one person picks an object to hide in the box and the other person guesses what it is by using their sense of touch.

For older children, have them ask questions to see if they can guess what the object is without touching it.  You can make cards with questions, like “What color is it,” “What room in the house is it from” or “Can you eat it?”

If you have elementary level children, you can incorporate math, reading, even history questions into the game.  Simply hide a flash card in the box and give them clues to help them guess.  For example, hide a 7+3 flash card in the box and give them a clue, “The answer to this addition equation is 10.”

learning game for kids

For younger children, show them a handful of objects that you will pick from to hide in the box so they have some choices to guess from.

If your preschooler is struggling, use descriptive words to ask them what they feel and help them guess.  “Is it hard like a rock?”  “Is it soft like a blanket?”  “Is it smooth like the slide?”  Comparing the word to an object they are familiar with will help them understand the vocabulary even if they are unfamiliar with the word.

learning game for kids

You can also use the box to teach your babies and toddlers new vocabulary.  Simply show your child a new object and tell him it’s name.  Place it in the box and ask, “Where is the bread?”  When they find it, praise them, “Good job! You found the bread!”  They will love it, just like my Colton.  Be prepared!  They will want to do it over and over again.

learning game for kids

The next time you need a great learning game to play with your kids, I hope you will try this simple guessing game.

learning game for kids

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  1. Love that this is adaptable to so many ages! I can so see my toddler loving this. We’ve done something similar with hiding an object under a scarf: Ask her “where is the bread” and she whips the scarf off like a magician: “TA DA!”

    Also, thank you for making the box out of legos. That is truly the way to go. :)

  2. One thing I liked to do with my kids when they were pre-school, kindergarten and maybe first and second grade was to start an imaginary story. I would set up a situation and then stop at a “what would they do” or say or go and then let one continue on until he would want to stop and pass the story on to his brother. When we wanted to get my autistic son involved (he doesn’t speak), we would get to a point where a noise would be necessary and let him make a sound then someone would take the story on. They loved it!!

  3. Great game; I love the sweet pictures too! So cute!
    Mackenzie :)

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  5. This is a terrific idea! It’s perfect for the youngest kids who also enjoy interactive games, but need them to be simple to play. Their older siblings can join in too, following your suggestions. Thank you! I am sure I will use this with my grandkids when there is an age range difference present.
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  1. [...] On the mothering front, this post about a learning game for kids will definitely be used in our house soon.  It helps develop vocabulary and teaches kids to use descriptive language.  It helps with those critical thinking skills and it is FUN!  Go check out my buddy Janine’s game, “What’s Inside.?” [...]

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