Did you know that around here we can actually
"see" with our hands?!
No, we haven't been practicing magic tricks;
we've been using a mystery bag to develop our
- a bag - a basket covered with a cloth napkin would work, too
- a few objects that are both familiar and interesting to the touch
- Invite the child to take the objects out of the bag and name them together.
- After exploring the objects, put them back into the bag.
- Explain that this time, you are going to see with your hands instead of your eyes. Model reaching into the bag, and describing what you're feeling. I feel something smooth... and cold... and long... hmmmm... I think I feel the spoon.
- Take the object out of the bag. It is the spoon!
- Invite the child to see with his or her hands and choose an object from the bag.
*We started with three objects, but feel free to add more depending on you child's ability. Also, an older child may enjoy wearing a blindfold or closing his or her eyes.
Here are a few of the mystery bags we've explored so far: