As we go deeper into fall, it starts to get cold outside and we stay indoors more. But being inside doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the season! Today’s indoor activity, Fall Guess Bags (inspiration found here!) is a great way to bring the outside, in! It requires a little bit of preparation on your part and you’ll want to do it when the kids aren’t watching so they’re truly guessing when the time comes to play!
What you’ll need for your fall guess bags:
Small paper bags
Lots of fall things! Here are some ideas…
- a mitten
- an apple
- candy corn
- a small pumpkin
- a popcorn ball
I gathered what I had (all on the list above except for the candy corn, a pumpkin, and a popcorn ball) and placed each item in a bag. I made sure the girls understood that they were only to touch the item inside, not take it out of the bag. I also knew that M would probably not understand to not shout out what she thought it was, so I had H feel first and keep her answer in her head until M had a turn. (This didn’t work every time, but it worked most of the time!)
They really enjoyed this activity. They would feel around, get a knowing smile on their face, then wait anxiously to share what they thought was inside and check to see if they were right.
They guessed all of the fall guess bags pretty easily except for the apple and the mitten. M guessed right on the apple, but H said she thought it was a peach. In her defense, the apple was a little bit rough, so I could see her thinking. The mitten was tough. H guessed blanket and M guessed sock. I was really impressed with M’s answer! She really thought about it and honestly, a mitten and sock are pretty closet to the same! I think if I did this activity again, I would have them try to guess again if they both guessed wrong.
They also enjoyed playing with the contents of the fall guess bag afterward. I had this really huge acorn that I found last year that they liked getting to look at and hold.
A variation on this activity would be to use other senses. Close the top of the sack and shake it so they can hear the sound it makes and guess that way or have them close their eyes and smell what is in the bag. Some of the items may have no scent, but others (like the pinecone or apple) should have a pretty distinct scent.