Feely bag guessing game

For ages 2 – 8 years

This fun game is full of surprises! It encourages your child to play the detective and figure out what’s in their hands. They will learn to use new words – improving their language and communication skills.

What do I need?

  • A cloth bag, such as a shopping bag or pillowcase.
  • Safe, everyday items. You can use items of different sizes, shapes and textures. Here are some examples:
    • bath sponge
    • wooden spoon
    • plastic flower
    • jewellery
    • toy
    • shell
    • wooden block
    • small toy
    • small box
    • paper, tissues, tissue paper
    • hairbrush or comb.

How do I do it?

  1. Place the items in the bag.
  2. Give the bag to your child and ask them to reach inside. Without them looking, encourage your child to choose one item to touch and hold – still inside the bag. Ask them to guess what they are holding. (You might need to show them what to do at first.)
  3. Talk with your child about what they can feel. Use ‘describing words’ like hard, soft, smooth, rough, warm, cold, long, short, big, small, lumpy, bumpy, flat, round.
  4. Ask questions such as: “What does it feel like”, “Can you tell me about it?”
  5. Ask them to guess what it is.
  6. Now it’s your turn! Ask your child to put different items in the bag for you to guess.

More activities to try