Materials: old socks, common objects such as a ball, block, crayon, spoon, shell, sponge, coin, magnetic letter, etc.
Directions: Place a different item in the toe of each sock. Tie a knot in the top the sock. Have children feel the sock and then try to guess what it is. You could also number the socks and ask the children to write or draw pictures of what they think is in each sock.
Adaptations: Put unusual items in the socks, such as Styrofoam packing, a scouring pad, or items from nature. Let the children reach in the sock and identify different objects.
SMELL AND TELL
Materials: film canisters and objects with a distinguishing smell, such as cinnamon, cocoa, baby powder, coffee grounds, lemon slice, bubblegum, cotton balls
Directions: Place a different object in each film canister. Put 3 cotton balls on the top so you can't see the object. Put on the lids. Have children open, smell, and identify what is in each.
Materials: paper towel roll, tape, hole punch, string or yarn
Directions: Cut the paper towel roll in half. Tape the two halves together. Punch a hole in the top of each roll and tie a piece of string through the holes. (Make sure the string is long enough to go easily over the head.) Let the children decorate the binoculars with markers or crayons. Have children look out the window and then describe, write, or draw pictures of what they see.
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