Matching Grab Bags
Two each of several small objects (buttons, loose change, beans, paper clips, etc), 2 lunch bags
This game is great fun for both preschoolers and school-age kids, and helps develop fine motor skills. Gather up various small objects -- you'll need 2 of each item (one for you and one for your child). Examples of items that you can use: buttons, pennies (and other change), beans, cotton balls, Lego pieces, paper clips, etc. Divide the items into 2 paper lunch sacks so that each bag has the same items. Now, give one bag to your child, and instruct him or her not to look inside! Pull something out of your bag, show it to your child, and challenge her to find the matching object by feeling around inside her bag (remember, no peeking!). Let her 'test' you too! This is also fun to play with older kids in a group -- you pick something out of your bag, then let them see who can find the matching object the fastest.