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Sunday, July 15, 2018


All you have to do is hide something in a bag or box and you’ll ignite children’s curiosity and interest. Place a book, natural object, shape, or anything you want to talk about in a gift bag and sing this song:

Surprise Sack 
(Tune: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
What’s in the surprise sack who can tell?
Maybe it’s a book or maybe it’s a shell?
What’s in the surprise sack who can see?
It’s something special for you and me!
Give them a few clues and invite children to guess what is in the bag. Slowly pull it out and you’ll have their undivided attention.

Hint! If you go to a conference or take a trip put a small souvenir in a gift bag (book, shell, pencil, toy, etc.) and cover with tissue paper. Children pass the bag around and use a complete sentence to guess what is in the bag. When all have had a turn remove the object and give it to the children like a “present.”

Mystery? Mystery?
Write a sight word, vocabulary word, letter, number, shape, or picture of something you are going to discuss on the board. Cover it with a piece of paper and tape it at the top. As children enter the classroom they take a “peek.” At morning meeting encourage children to discuss what they know or ask questions that they have about the “mystery item.”

Twenty Questions
To increase children’s interest in a new topic play 20 Questions. Give them 20 opportunities to ask questions and try and narrow down what the topic might be. (Tally questions on the board.) This will create interest and it will also help children learn to ask good questions.