The Bean Game

Entertaining my twos is way easier than entertaining the older kids. I snagged a bean from a sensory box the other day and started doing this activity with individual children in the class.

Put simply, grab a bean, a coin, pompom or something. Show the child both hands (palms up) with the bean in one. Close your hands slowly and ask, “Where’s the bean?” The child points to the hand you just closed, and you open it to show them. Then put your hands behind your back and switch the bean (or don’t) and ask again. You will get a lot of giggles when the answer is wrong, and a happy smile when it is right. 

There’s more than just easy entertainment going on here. The child is learning to make a prediction about where the bean is going to be, and that’s a really important part of the scientific method. Sometimes toddlers and preschoolers aren’t very happy when they make incorrect predictions, and the giggling and fun of the bean game teach that it’s fine to make predictions that are wrong – the game isn’t ruined and we keep on playing.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Rae
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 01:43:46

    I can't wait to do things like this with my niece.


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