A mystery is irresistible, isn’t it?? This mystery-solving activity is fun for children from the time they can talk. Not only is this fun, but it is excellent for developing problem solving skills and an awareness of their sense of touch.
What You’ll Need
- A box or container of some kind with an opening (like a shoe box or tissue box).
- Felt that is large enough to completely cover the open part of the container.
- Mystery items that are age-appropriate (use your imagination!)
- cotton balls
- measuring cup
- sticky note
- bubble wrap
- paint brush
What To Do To Make The Box
- To prepare the container, cut a circle about 4 inches across (if using a tissue box, just widen the hole, as needed).
- Next, cut an X in the middle of the felt (about 3 inches by 3 inches), rotate the felt and cut another X through the first.
- Now, glue the material over the opening and let dry overnight.
What To Do To Play
- To play, take the box out of the sight of the child and put one of the mystery objects inside.
- Tell the child to put his/her hand in the box and feel the object.
- Tell the child to feel the object and try to guess what it is.
- For very young children, help them as needed by prompting with questions (is it big or small, is it soft of hard, etc.).
- Once the child has guessed, tell them to pull the item out to see if they are right.
- Repeat with a new object.
*For Older Children*
To make this game more challenging for older children, use several very similar objects at once and tell them to pull out a specific one.
- Add one of each kind of coin and tell them to pull one out (a penny, for example).
- Add several different scraps of material and tell them to pull one out (cotton, silk, velvet and linen)
- Add several shapes made out of the same material (cut out of cardboard, for example) and tell them to pull out a shape, such as an oval or hexagon.
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