Preschoolers love to experience their world through touch. Using a feel box can help preschoolers to practice identifying objects only using one of their five senses. This fun preschool guessing game is a wonderful addition to a circle time routine or it can be used as a calming activity for active preschoolers.
What You Need
An empty tissue box, preferably a square one
Wrapping paper or colored construction paper
Various craft supplies to decorate
What To Do
Cover the empty tissue box with wrapping paper or colored construction paper. Use a variety of craft supplies such as, buttons, markers, glitter, foam shapes, and feathers to decorate. This can be done by the preschool teacher or if desired, you can allow the preschoolers to help decorate the feel box.
When the feel box has been decorated, allow it to dry completely before using.
How To Play
When the feel box has completely dried, place a small object inside without showing it to the preschoolers first. Have each preschooler take turns reaching their hand inside the feel box and trying to guess what it is. Tell the preschoolers to turn the object around in their hand, feel how heavy it is, and feel the surface to see what kind of texture it has. Ask the preschoolers not to guess until everyone has had a chance to feel the object in the feel box.
This activity can be a wonderful addition to circle time routines. Include objects in the feel box that are related to the weekly theme.
Letter and Number Recognition
To help encourage letter and number recognition among preschoolers, include small cardboard cutouts of a letter of the alphabet or a number. Preschoolers may have a hard time guessing what the letter or number is at first but the activity will help them to experience their letters and numbers in a different way and really think about the way a character is shaped.