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On to today's activity ---
It's a classic but always a favorite. Sam would have played this at the park today for hours with the same items but eventually I got bored!
Super simple - I used some cloth bags that I have from another game. One bag held a bunch of natural items and the other was for Sam to put her hand in. I would put one item in the second bag at a time. Then Sam would would close her eyes and put her hand in. She was tempted to immediately pull the item out so I would lightly hold her arm and the bag together making it so she had to keep her hand inside. Then I would ask her about what she was feeling. Simple comparison questions were the easiest for her; is it hard or soft? is it big or little?
I included several items that I knew she would get right away (leaf, stick, pine cone), a few that I knew she had seen and held before but might struggle with (acorn, acorn cap) and then one item she has never seen before (dried and hardened shelf mushroom). I wanted it to be neat for her to experience something new and not have everything be completely familiar.
Like I said Sam would have played this forever. And we even got Avery to put her hand in a few times and pull something out! Sam thought this was hilarious.
The Nitty Gritty!
I did this activity with a bunch more items in a fifth grade classroom back in college. The students sat in a circle and each took turns putting their hand in the bag. After they had felt the item for a few seconds they had to write down descriptive words for what they had felt. They loved this activity.
This is a simple activity but there are so many ways to change it up slightly and adjust it for different age groups. For older kids (even adults) I have used more complicated things like bones, shells and fur/feathers and asked for specific identifications (close guesses!) for what the item is.
Just get creative and stretch your imagination and this activity can keep anyone entertained!
If you need some inspiration for getting involved with the November Monthly Challenge you must check out Earth Mama. She has her kids out hiking constantly. They are outside all the time. I hope my family will be just as involved in the outdoors as hers is someday. And love it the way her kids seem to.
She stopped by my little corner of blogworld yesterday and left me a comment! This was HUGE for me, so I need to make sure that everyone sees it!