Mystery Bag -
Stereognostic Sense II
An attractive cloth bag filled with about 20 small objects
well-known to the children. There must be at least the
same number of objects as there are children.
Sample objects may include: a short pencil, an eraser, a large
bead, a penny, a ring, a teaspoon, a small box, a small toy,
a spool of thread, blackboard chalk, a small rock, a large bean,
a small triangle, a small wooden cube (or other shape), a key, etc.
This is a group game. The children sit in a semi-circle. The first
time it is played the teacher has a small table beside her.
. The teacher takes the objects out of the bag one
at a time and places them on the table. If the children want to
handle them, they do so. When the children are familiar with the
contents of the bag, the objects are replaced in the bag.
The teacher asks the group if someone would like to come, put on
the blindfold, put a hand in the bag, take out an object, feel it
and guess what it is without looking. She tells the other children
not to say what the object is until the child has guessed.
Any child can come and do this until the bag is empty. If the
children are enjoying the game, the objects can be returned to the
bag and the game played again.
When the children know the objects well, the objects can be changed.
However, the objects must not be changed without first consulting
the children. They may like to help choose things for the bag.
Generally before 5 years. With older children you can use smaller
The teacher should not make the children take turns. They are
not yet ready for this type of social justice. If one child wants
to try several times, let him. Other children may prefer to watch
at first. However, the teacher should see that everyone who wants
to try does get the opportunity to do so. So, the teacher should
not start the game unless there is ample time to satisfy the
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