Beach Mystery Bag
We step out onto the beach and immediately I feel the warm sand beneath my feet. The sounds of the crashing waves, singing birds, and laughing voices call me closer to the water as the feel of the breeze blowing off the water. The heat of the sun on my shoulders and I sigh a big happy smile.
Every time I step out onto the beach my senses are overwhelmed. In the best possible way.
Young kids are especially fascinated by all of these sensory textures, sounds, and delights. They cover themselves in the sand, spin in circles, and splash in the waves explore these textures.
A mystery bag is a great way to develop their tactile sense or sense of touch when you get back home.
Maria Montessori encouraged the use of The Mystery Bag during the ages 3-6 to develop the stereognosis or the ability to perceive and recognize the form of an object without input from your eyes or ears. In short, the mystery bag forces the child to use their tactile sense to provide clues to their brain about what is inside the bag.
Given our interest in the ocean, water, and our ongoing desire to touch everything in sight, I thought this would be an appropriate material for our twins.
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Gather the materials and hide them inside of a cloth bag. You will need a bag you cannot see into and various paired items inside.
You could make any theme or collection of items. I made ours beach themed.
Invite your child or children over to help you solve a mystery or present the bag during group time.
Have them reach their hands in and find one object.
Encourage them to explore it with their fingers inside the bag or with their eyes closed. Ask them to describe what they feel. Then have them pull it out and look at the object they have picked.
Next invite them to reach back in and feel for a match.
Continue exploring the items until they are all matched.
Place the materials on your shelf for further exploration.
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