What's in the Bag?

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In this activity, young learners use their sense of touch rather than sight to identify a mystery object in a bag. Learners take turns acting as "peekers" and "sensers" throughout the game. Use this activity for a lesson on human senses and/or problem-solving.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Clothe bags each with a different familiar object (wooden blocks, plastic animals, plastic keys, dice, hand lens, timer, plastic food, whistle, coins, zipper, light bulb, etc.)


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
  • Mathematics
    • Reasoning and Proof
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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