Mystery Gift Guessing Game

What You Will Need

a box with a lid
mystery gift (something sturdy, not easily broken, which will be the prize to the winner- in this example we are using a wooden-frog castanet)
length of string long enough to wrap around the box twice and tie

Game Set Up

In secret, place your mystery item in the box and tie the string around the box to secure the lid in place.

Give the children question suggestions, to help them understand how to play the game... such as "Can I eat the item?" "Do I play with the item?" "Is the item soft?" "Is the item colourful?"

You can decide if you want the answers to be 'yes/no' ones or if you want to give more detail to the children.

How to Play

1. Have the children sit in a circle. Pick a place to start, maybe at the youngest child, and give them the box to hold.

2. Chant together as a group:

What could it be?
What could it be?
In the box handed to me.
3. The child can shake, rattle, roll, and slide the box back and forth. Then the child gets to ask you one question about the contents of the box and take one guess at what the mystery item may be.

4. If the child guesses correctly, they get to open the box and keep the item. The game can be continued with a new item being loaded in the box.

5. If the child doesn't guess correctly, the item is turned over to the next player in line who repeats steps 2 and 3.

Additional Details

Some mystery item suggestions are a rubber ball, a bag of chips, candy, a small toy, a small book, etc.