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Activity Documentation: Guess Items by Touch

Today I asked my daughter if she wanted to play a new game, "What's in the sock?" She always has fun trying The Idea Box activities and was excited that we were going to spend some one on one time together.

Before starting I grabbed a large sock and some small items from around the house. To start with I chose items I knew Olivia, who's three, was familiar with (toothbrush, small toy animal, play scissors, hair bow, key, bouncy ball, and coin).

Olivia reached in and chose the first item she wanted to guess by grabbing it in her hand and feeling it on all sides.

I tried to challenge her by asking how she knew she was guessing correctly since she couldn't see the item. It was hard at first but I had her use simple terms: soft, hard, skinny, smooth, rough, etc.

Of course, being three, she wanted to do it by herself. So she took over holding the sock before long. Oh three year olds...

Pulling the items out and seeing that she was indeed correct made her so happy! I'm pretty sure she squealed every time.

Having objects your child is familiar with, at least the first time, really builds their confidence. Next time we play we'll definitely move on to more challenging items but this was a great way to start.

I love fun, easy, no mess activities to have on hand. This activity is a winner!

If you don't own an Idea Box yet, you need one! We have yet to try an activity that we haven't both enjoyed. They are for fun little activities on days you just need a change or want to try something new. My daughter always feels special when we pull out her Idea Box because she knows I am going to be spending some quality time with her.

►  Activity
Put items in a sock. Feel them. Can you name each item?

Idea Box

Age of child

Length of time spent on activity (approx.)
20 minutes

►  Materials needed/chosen
Large sock, small objects: hair brush, quarter, pen, hair bow, paper clip, toy car, bracelet

►  Any prep-work? If so, what?
Gathering supplies

Directions / What we did
I put a few items in the sock at a time and my daughter would reach inside and see if she could guess what they were.

►  Possible ways to expand on the activity
Older kids could describe the object using 3-5 adjectives before being allowed to guess what it might be.

►  What would you do differently next time?
I put just a few items in at a time. Next time I think she could handle several items. I would also make sure to have extra items in a container that wasn't see through so we could quickly play again.

What my child was able to do by themselves
My three year old was able to name most of the items in the sock. She enjoyed reaching in and

►  What my child needed help with
A few items, like the paperclip and quarter, were objects she wasn't super familiar with. Those objects we talked about and she was able to use adjectives to describe them. Once she pulled them out she quickly recognized them and wanted to put them back so she could try again.

►  My child's thoughts about the activity
She had a lot of fun. She loved being able to pull out the items and see that they were exactly what she thought they were!

►  Any other thoughts or info about the activity?
A paper bag would work well if you don't have a large enough sock on hand.

Parent Blogger: Jana

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