Guess what it is!

Age group

3-5 yrs

Number of children:

3-7 ppl

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Areas it develops: perception, detection, ability to express oneself, general knowledge, sentence formation, depiction, eye-hand coordination, coordination of both hands.

This game is about recognising an object only by its description. The descriptions are also given by children, so it is especially fun and interesting. After the descriptions children have to guess the object by touching them and finally we can also outline them on a big piece of paper.

Ingredients

  • we need the objects in the room/house
  • a little piece of textile
  • a bigger piece of textile or a blanket

 

  • big piece of paper
  • pencils

"Choose an object"

Instructions:

Together, we assign two or three children to walk around the group and take one object at a time, but don’t show it to the others, hide it in their hands. It is also possible to cover the children’s hands with the object inside them with a “magic cloth” (any cloth-like thing is good).

Guess by description

Instructions:

Then sit down in a circle on the floor. Have the children characterise the object they have chosen and let the others figure out what it is.

Pro tip: Make sure that a child with difficulties in expressing himself or herself should never be among the first ones. Let the child see some examples before it’s his or her turn.

Guess by touching

Instructions:

Once the object has been identified, we put it in a bag or under a textile. Then the children pull out the objects one by one and they have to guess what the object is by solely touching it. We should always name the drawn objects.

Draw around together

Instructions:

This play can be continued with an activity that requires the cooperation of the two hands. On a shared paper, the children draw the identified objects around. All of the objects should be seen on the paper. Drawing around something always requires both hands, because we have to hold the object with one hand and draw with the other. During this exercise the parent/adult can help by holding the paper or the object with his or her hand AS WELL. But here we also have to make sure that the child uses both hands.

Pro tip: Adults/parents can help with this activity if they ALSO fix the paper with their hand or the object. Even in this case it is important that the kid uses both of their hands.