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As part of my Christmas activities for kids series, I’m sharing a Christmas game I call “What’s in the bag?“
This is an extremely simple game to play. It can be played by kids of all ages. But best of all, my kids totally enjoyed it and they laughed themselves silly when we played it.
To play the Christmas-themed version of What’s in the bag?, gather up several Christmas-themed items from around your house. When we played, I gathered the following items:
- A Santa hat
- A pine cone
- A bow
- A mini Christmas tree
- An ornament
- A bell
Next, you will need bags for each of the items you’ve selected. The bags must all the the same and should be opaque so kids cannot see the object inside. Place one Christmas object inside each bag.
Note: For younger children, I would suggest displaying the items and discussing what each is called before putting the items into the bags. For older kids, you can make this game more challenging by simply hiding the objects in bags before the kids have had a chance to see them.
Blindfold your kids. Mine like to wear their hats over their faces, which I admit works pretty well for keeping them blindfolded!
One by one, present your child with a bag. Have him or her reach a hand inside to feel the object.
The goal is for your children to guess what the object is without using their eyes. Encourage your children to use their sense of touch as well as their sense of hearing (e.g., bells) or sense of smell (e.g., pinecone) to help them identify the object.
Once your child guesses the object, let him or her take off the blindfold and see what object he or she is holding.
After playing a round, put the objects back in the bag so the kids can blindfold you to play again!
More Christmas resources
More Christmas posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Grow a Christmas tree sponge
- Christmas Montessori activities
- Q-tip painted Christmas tree
- Paper plate reindeer craft
- Christmas sensory bin
- Cinnamon Christmas ornaments
- Candy cane experiment
- Christmas Printables Pack
- Christmas Bingo
- Christmas do-a-dot printables
- Christmas gingerbread man templates
For more Christmas activities your kids will love, see my Christmas Activities for Kids page and my Christmas Activities for Kids Pinterest board.
Love this. Very adaptable to many areas of preschool: shapes, fall, winter, nature.
Thank you! It is indeed a very simple activity to set up and is definitely adaptable as you suggest. I hope your preschoolers have fun with it!
I have made my family play a similar game for years…I buy things and put one in a bag…each person gets one yes or no question then one guess…the person who guesses what is in the bag wins it…its hard because I put random stuff…I used to do one for kids and one for adults but we all grew up…
What a fun family tradition!
Thank you. Fun game for grandma to use on Christmas.
Olivia Rose @momslilmunchkin
Love this simple yet fun activity. As my daughter is a preschooler this activity is best for her to recognise shapes and nature.