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Guess the Group

Say some words like “shirt, pants, socks” and see if your child can guess the category (clothing). Try another category!

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Extending this activity

  • -Gather several items and allow the child to guess the group based on the items or objects you have selected. Choose items based on various attributes such as color, size, shape, or function. For example, select three things that are round and help the child figure out why the items are in the same group.

    -Read "Where a Line Ends a Shape Begins" by Rhonda Gowler Greene, and talk about the shape of the objects and how they fit into the group. Decide on a shape and go on a shape hunt around the house to find objects to fit in your group.

Adjust for an older child

Decide on categories that include descriptive words such as those related to category, size, shape, color, function, etc. For example, a category based on color might be “things that are red.” Take turns with the older child, by deciding who will give the clues and who will guess the group.

Adjust for a younger child

Start with one or two categories for younger children; you may need objects or pictures to help the child understand the category.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Building Vocabulary and Grammar

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