What’s Missing? – A Simple Children’s Guessing Game.
My 5yo granddaughter Tahlia asked to play a game that we used to play two years ago called “What’s Missing?”. It’s a favourite of hers.
You can introduce this game when kids are 2.5 to 3 years old. As they grow older you can add more objects to increase the difficulty.
This is how to play it:
- Gather four items and place them in a row in front of you on the floor, with your child sitting facing you.
- Point to each item and name it.
- Say, “Can you close your eyes? When you close your eyes I will take something away and then you guess what is missing”.
- Say, “Close your eyes”. Then take one item and hide it behind your back.
- Say, “Open your eyes!”
- Ask, “What’s missing?”
Now it’s the child’s turn to select an item.
- Show how to look carefully at each item in the row to remember what is there.
- Say, “I’m going to close my eyes and you can take one item and hide it behind your back”.
- Close your eyes and after a short while ask “Can I open my eyes?”. Wait until the child gives you permission to look.
- Then you guess “What’s Missing?”.
You can increase or decrease the number of items, and you can also use a blindfold.
This is a fun guessing game that improves memory and that children love.
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