Guess the Present: A Thinking Game for Kids (and Their Grown-ups)

My four year old buddy Max is a BIG fan of games. BIG FAN!  I found a game that only requires your leftover wrapping supplies and smallish objects from around the house. You wrap the objects in different colored paper and then guess what’s inside based on shape, size and feel. Game on!

As with anything you do with a child, the game quickly took unexpected turns when I played it with Max. Check out the original game, then see our adaptations below. We hope you enjoy them.

Stump the Adult
After Max and I played, we wrapped all of the “gifts” again. He loved picking the color of paper in which we should wrap each item. He hated taping his fingers together. Taping quickly became my job.Then, we let his parents guess the contents of the packages. They did an excellent job of modeling their deductive reasoning: “This one feels very square, so I bet it’s the window.”  Props for the parental units.

No Eyes Edition
For this advanced version, you can only use your hands to guess what’s in each package. No peeking!

No Hands Edition
For the ultimate challenge, you can only use your eyes to help make your predictions.

Happy gaming!

P.S. Gathering all of the items for our game was a giant scavenger hunt (i.e., “find something that fits in your hand and has wheels”) and quite possibly Max’s favorite part of the entire experience. I did worry that he would dig up a dust bunny when I said, “Find something small and fluffy.”  But he just brought out Gerald, his elephant. Whew.

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