“What’s in my pocket?
There are hundreds of ways to play! Easily adapt to what you are teaching.
Reasoning/letters and sounds application for Toddlers:
Insert pictures of animals
Pull out one card at a time and describe the animal
Keep adding descriptions until the child guesses
If the child guesses something unreasonable, explain to the child why that couldn’t be the answer.
I pull out a picture of a penguin, but don’t show my son
Me: “I have an animal with wings”
Eli: A bird?
Me: Yes it’s a type of bird
Eli: A donkey?
Me: Is a donkey a type of bird?
Me: okay, try again to guess a type of bird because I said it’s a bird
Eli: an ostrich
Me: Great guess! But it’s not an ostrich. This bird starts with an “P” and its name begins with the sound “p-p-p-p
Me: YAYAYAY! Penguin is right! You knew it was a penguin because a penguin is a bird and starts with the letter P!
Letters and sounds:
Just put in letters and you can either say the sound and have the toddler say the letter or vice versa!
Also try with shapes, colors, numbers, pictures of your family, bugs, dinosaurs, words that rhyme…
How to make the game
Just cut a pocket off an old pair of jeans (keep the backing attached to the pocket). And that’s it! The larger pockets with jean backing works the best, so don’t use the cloth pockets unless you want to sew it to something else.