Thursday, September 3, 2009

Treasure Chest Wipes Container

As my boys were quietly and steathfully pulling all the wipes out of the wipes box, I came up with an idea for toddlers through pre-school aged kids. When the box is empty, fill it with a random assortment of objects you have around the house and have your kids put their hands through the slot to feel the items. If your kids are both able to do it, have them write down what they feel (or draw the items if they can't spell yet). You might want to tell them how many items you put in the box. After they have made their guesses, reveal the items and see who got the most correct.

Try to get creative with textures. Some examples of items you have around the house:
  • The cap to a 2-liter bottle or gallon of milk
  • A magnetic refrigerator letter
  • A clothes pin
  • A toy car
  • Doll shoes
  • Legos
  • Feathers
  • A beaded necklace
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-tips
  • A binkie
  • Chapstick
For Round 2, name an item in the box that you want them to find. Time them to see how long it takes to feel for and produce each specific object.

For Round 3, for older kids, give them a letter of the alphabet and have them feel around until they find an object that starts with that letter. This can be a timed game too.

And keep in mind: prizes always make games more fun!


Janice said...

Oooh, great idea! Abby is just getting old enough for games like this, so I'm excited to try it!