“This is the Mystery Bag.”
The Mystery Bag Lesson: Presentation I – One Bag Only
Montessori Sensorial: Mystery Bag
- Open the bag and remove one object at a time, name it, and set it down forming a vertical line.
- “Let’s put them back in the bag now. Would you give me the …?” Continue until all objects have been replaced into the bag.
- Close the bag and insert your hand
- Visually think about the object you are grasping in the bag: “I think maybe I am holding a…”
- Remove the hand with the object in it. Hold it up for the child to verify.
- Ask the child: “Now would you like a turn guessing what is in the mystery bag?”
The Mystery Bag Lesson: Presentation II – Two Identical Bags with Identical Objects
Take the objects out of one bag, then the other bag, name and pair them.
- Leave one-half of the pair out of the bag. Place the other half in the bag.
- Reach into the mystery bag with one hand, grab an object, and point to the one on the table that you think you have found.
- Place both halves of each pair back into their bags.
- Reach into one bag, grab an object, identify it and pull it out.
- Then reach into the other bag to find its mate.
- Alternatively, reach into both bags at the same time and search for the same objects.