By far and away the most popular game in our house at the moment... After 3 weeks, the novelty hasn't yet worn off (except of course for me). You could play it with any hats you have in the house or have a look around charity shops etc and get together a collection of funny hats. It is another great rainy day game, although would work just as well in the garden/park.
You will need:
- A selection of hats (e.g. Policeman, fireman, builders, crown etc etc).
- Small pieces of card
- Felt tip pens
- A small bag or box
Preparation (adult or older child):
- Draw pictures of the hats on the small pieces of card - one for each hat - and label each one.
- Put the pictures into the bag.
To play the game:
- Either adult or another child: hide the hats around the house.
- Get your child to take a card from the bag. They must search for the hat on their card.
- Once they have found the hat, put it and the card next to each other in a place where you can display all the hats together.
- Repeat until all the hats have been found. Look at the hats and cards together and talk through each one.
- To play with more than one child:
- Either take it in turns to take cards and find hats, or give cards simultaneously and make it a race to find the corresponding hats. You can make it as competitive as you like!
- Repeat ad nauseum...
Or you could...
- Of course it doesn't have to be hats. You could play with items of clothing (perhaps to dress a doll or even a person!), necklaces and bracelets, soft toys, cars and trucks. It really would work with almost anything you can hide.
- Take the hats and cards out with you and hide in a park/garden for an outside game