Children will use language and reasoning skills to develop clues to describe objects for others to guess what they are.
Learning Area(s): Language and Communication
Explain to your child that you are going to play a game called “Guessing Game.” Tell him that you will think of an object and give three clues for him to figure out what the item is.
You can say, “I am thinking of a vegetable. It is crunchy. It is orange. Can you guess what it is?” Your child may suggest some vegetables he is thinking of. If he forgets some of the clues you gave, you can repeat them. If he is unable to guess correctly, you can give more clues, one at a time.
After your child has played this guessing game a few times, give your child a turn to think of an object and give you clues for you to guess.
- When children are just learning to play this game, they may pay attention to only one of the clues when guessing. You will need to remind your child of ALL of the clues and point out how his answer fits one clue but not another. Over time, they will get better at thinking about several clues at once.
- Your child may need some guidance on how to create clues. Using the five senses for reference may help your child think of clues. For example, have your child think about what the object looks like, smells like, tastes like, feels like, and sounds like.
- Since this game does not require any materials, it’s a good one to play during “in between” times, such as riding in the car or on a bus, waiting in line, or waiting for another activity to begin.