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