then add something round and pokey…
and maybe a smooth and dimpled treasure…
along with a soft, rubbery cruiser…
and don’t forget a pointed polygon…
a squishy wild thing…
and perhaps a long-armed explorer.
Throw everything in your pillow case and let the fun begin.
No peeking, now. Just use your sense of touch to find…
Tada! We’ve found ourselves a “cah!” (Ok, so it’s a truck, but close, Big Brother!)
You might have a friend, or a Little Brother, come join in the fun.
And back for more.
Again, with the lemon!
Just one more time, Daddy.
“Cow!” (Or, Zebra, really…but I think we’ll accept that answer.)
I was pleasantly surprised to find that my mover and shaker child (aka…Big Brother) loved this activity. If you have a kinesthetic learner in your household, you might find they, too, love the hands on aspect of this game.
Not much will slow this boy down, but apparently a pillow case and some blind exploration is just the ticket!
Finally, here are a few ideas for extending this activity with your developing child:
1. Encourage First Words – Ask your child about the object they pull out of the bag. Their excitement in seeing the object (combined with your enthusiasm, “Wow! What is it???”) can be a great motivator to get those vocal chords going. This aspect of the game has been especially effective with Big Brother – who is typically our much less talkative twin.
2. Explore Size – Collect one type of item of varying sizes. (For example, fill the bag with many different balls or blocks.) Work on the concept of size as you ask your child to feel for “big” or “small” items.
3. Discover Shapes – Use all the shapes from a shape sorter to let your child compare and experience shapes through the sense of feel rather than just sight.
4. Compare Textures – Fill the bag with both soft items (felt, ribbon, feathers, tissue paper) and scratchy items (sandpaper, velcro, nail file) and ask you child to describe how each item feels as they pull it out of the bag.
5. Measure Weight – Find some very light objects (coins, hollow plastic balls, teething rings) as well as some heavy items (paperweight, can of food, shampoo bottle) to place in the bag…with supervision. Your child can comparatively explore weight by finding light or heavy objects per your request.