What's Missing

What's Missing Kristine Walter

Increase a child's memory and concentration through this simple game.

Materials Needed:

  • Assortment of objects.
  • A tray.
  • A cloth to cover the objects.

What to do:

  • Start the game with three items. As the toddlers become more adequate, you could add more items.
  • Place three objects on a tray.
  • Get the child to look and name each object on the tray.
  • Once the children have seen and named each object, cover the tray with a tea towel.
  • Have the children close their eyes and remove couple of the items while the tray is covered with the tea towel.
  • Once the objects is removed, reveal the tray.
  • Ask the child to open their eyes and see if they can tell you what's missing from the tray.
  • Then try again varying the game by taking more items away each time and possibly adding more as well.

Hints and Tips:

  • For older children place more objects on the tray.
  • If your child can write, place objects on the tray, get your child to memorize the objects for a minute or so, cover the objects up and have your child write down as many objects as they can remember.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    nows names of familiar objects.

    Counts 2 or 3 things.

    Plays easy games.

    Points to object named.

    Understands same and different.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Family Games, Learning Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.1 Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity cooperation confidence creativity commitment enthusiasm persistence imagination and reflexivity

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving inquiry experimentation hypothesising researching and investigating

    5.1 Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

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Last modified on Thursday, January 22, 2015
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