In this activity, your child will use his growing language skills to say what an item is, tell what it does, and show how to use it. He will learn new vocabulary words as you help him label unfamiliar items and their functions.
Explain to your child that you’re going to play a game in which you pull an object from the bag, say what it is, explain what it does, and then show how to use it. You can go first picking out an item, for example, a can opener. You can say, “This is a can opener. You use it to open a can by pressing the sharp part into the can and then twisting this part to cut all around the rim.” Demonstrate how to open a can using the can opener.
Your child goes next, selecting an item from the bag (for example, a spoon). Emphasize the element of suspense and surprise in this game as your child reaches in the bag, for example, say, “I wonder what you’re going to grab from the bag! No peeking! Let’s see what it is!” Prompt him to tell you about the object: “What is that?” Your child might say, “A spoon.” Then ask, “What does it do?” He might say, “It is used to stir, serve, or eat food.” And you can say, “Let’s use it!” Encourage your child to stir, serve, and/or eat the contents of the can that you previously opened.
Keep going until you and your child have pulled out all of the items in the bag!
(Items could include a kitchen towel, apron, grater, peeler, spatula, whisk, etc.)