Guessing Games

What's in the Sock?

Place a small object inside a large tube sock. then, have your child will stick his or her hand inside the sock, feel the object, and try to guess what it is. This activity helps children focus on their sense of touch. Select items such as a Q-tip, rock, penny, or button.(read more)

Fun with Flashlights

Hide one of your child's favorite toys, turn off the lights, and let her find it with a flashlight. Start out with obvious hiding places and then make it harder. Be sure to give your child clues like "you're getting closer" or "it is behind you." These will help develop your child's vocabulary and listening skills.(read more)


Guess that Food

Collect several items of food that are familiar to your child. For example, a round cookie, a piece of broccoli, a stick of string cheese, a peach, etc. Blindfold your little one and ask him or her to guess what they are holding. Give them hints such as touch it, smell it, taste it! Great for sensory development and critical thinking.(read more)

Oodles of Doodles

When I need to distract my two-year-old twins while waiting at the doctor's office, on an airplane, or when we're at home, we play a game we call "oodles of doodles." I grab a pen and paper or, even better, a magnetic doodle pad and draw an animal, trees, flowers, a house, etc. and have the kids guess what I'm drawing. They love guessing right. They also ...(read more)

Guess the Shadow

Hang a large white sheet over your shower curtain rod so that you can stand behind it and be mostly covered. Take a few objects -- things with recognizable silhouettes -- with you into the tub. As you're standing behind the white sheet, hold up one of the objects and shine a flashlight on it so that it creates a shadow silhouette on the white sheet. Have ...(read more)

Whose Name Is It?

On a piece of paper, write the name of your child, a family member, friend, pet, favorite character from a book or TV show, etc. and ask your child to guess whose name it is. If she needs help you can give her clues (example: it is someone in your family, it's a girl, etc.). Be sure to talk about the sounds that the letters make. This ...(read more)

Which One is Different?

Gather several similar small toys or objects that can be made into groups of two or three items which are alike (for example, three leaves). Then, add an additional item that is not related to the group in any way (for example, add a rubber duck to the group of leaves). Ask your child to identify which items are the same and which one is different, or does ...(read more)

True or False?

Teach your child the meaning of truth and exaggeration. Say two sentences and ask her to tell which one is true. For instance: 1. We went to the grocery store to buy eggs or 2. We flew a space ship to the grocery store to buy a tiger. The older a child is, the more nuanced you can make differences between the sentences. (read more)

Mixed-Up Words

This game requires that your child know at least some of the consonant sounds from the alphabet. Start by choosing an object (for example, a table), then substitute the first letter with another one (maybe a 'P'). Say the result, 'pable,' and see if your child can guess which object you're talking about. When they guess correctly, it's your child's turn. If they can't guess it, ...(read more)


Give Me a Hard One to Guess

This game is a variation of '20 questions' and we played this with all four of our kids when they were 3, 4 and 5 years old. You say to your child, 'I have a hard one to guess.' Then you start giving clues, one by one. For example, I would say to our 3 year old, 'It's small.' Then she would guess something. ...(read more)


You're Getting Hotter!

Find an object that you want to hide. An object that is small, but not too small, will work best -- something such as a small stuffed animal or figurine. Hide the figurine somewhere in a room and take turns with your child being the 'finder' and the 'hider.' If you are the one who hid the object, explain to your child that he needs to search ...(read more)

Ball Match

Cut a hole in the side of a shoe box. Make sure the hole is big enough for your child's hand to fit inside. Put a tennis ball, golf ball, ping-pong ball, and a styrofoam ball inside the box and replace the lid. On the table next to the box, have another tennis ball, ping-pong ball, golf ball, and styrofoam ball that are identical to the balls ...(read more)

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Top Ten Things Every Creative Home Needs


A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include: 1.  At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child  with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn. 2.  An understanding of the child's unique ways of learning . If we

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