Happy President's Day! Is today a vacation day for your family? Or is it business as usual?
We have no preschool and no work, so we'll be enjoying some time off as a family. I thought I'd share a favorite simple activity that all four of us at our house have been enjoying lately...
a Touch & Feel box!
I used to make simple touch and feel boxes when I was teaching because not only are they fun, they are a great language activity. We tried this last week. My 1-year-old loved finding objects to hide and touching and feeling them. My preschooler loved the challenge of trying to guess what was inside the box each time.
- shoebox (I love the small kid boxes we get at Target)
- scissors or a knife to cut a small hole
- objects to hide inside the box
The instructions are simple:
- Cut a hole in the box
- Have one child find an object and place it inside the box
- Cover the box back up (and don't let anyone peak)
- Have a different child describe what he/she feels inside the box
- Have child try and guess what is inside the box
- Open the box to see if the child is corrent!
- Repeat!... again and again!
I contemplated decorating the box and making it look cute... but really, this activity was so exciting that we really didn't need a cute box... Hooray for simplicity!
This activity is great for teaching new vocabulary words and practicing describing objects (using a variety of adjectives related to how objects look and feel).
If you are a teacher, you can tie this activity into a weekly classroom theme by adding objects that relate to the curriculum/theme. For example, for President's Day I could add a flag or for St. Patrick's Day I could add a little pouch full of gold coins.
My preschooler could've played this activity all day and my husband loved trying to find the hardest objects possible to try and sneak into the box.
Our 1-year-old loved to stick her hand into the box and feel what was inside and grab it. I would try to describe the object as she touched it so that she began to connect what she was thinking/feeling to actual vocabulary words. As she gets older she'll be able to describe the objects with short one and two word phrases.
If you haven't tried this little game yet... add it to your family to-do list this week! I love any activity that we all can do together.