This is a simple, quick to prepare game which you can play almost anywhere, as long as you have some ‘things’ and a cloth. In the past I have used muzzies in a restaurant. Its also nice to have an invitation to play waiting for when he gets home from nursery or family and literally takes a couple of minutes.
For this one I initially used the contents of our letter B box, you can read more about the alphabet boxes here. However it is a natural extension of treasure basket play and would be more of a sensory experience.
Initially I placed six items in a low box, I ran through each one with Monkey and we described them together. Then he closed his eyes and I covered the box with the tea towel, removing one item before revealing the remainder. He thinks this game is great and I was really surprised by how quickly he shouted out the items.
We then took it in turns with him testing me…it really made me think!
Deciding it was easy with six items he started gathering other bits from around the room. At the moment his limit seems to be be ten items, as he struggles to realise what has been removed at this point. I also moved them around in the box so that they were in a different order this also made him think a bit more. Its a great game and you can tie it in with any weekly theme you are running. Also through describing the items it will help with vocabulary development and recognition.