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Activity 1: Lost and Found Game

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Five large buttons

Description of Activity

This game will help children understand that objects, if lost, can be found. The discussion following the game will help children understand that intangible things, too, can sometimes seem lost, but are still somewhere and can be found.

Begin by showing all the children the five buttons so they can recognize them. Choose one child to be the "hider" and tell the other children they will be "finders." Ask the finders to stand against one wall together and close their eyes while facing the wall. Give the hider the five large buttons. Tell him/her to hide the buttons in the room and then sit down and say "Go." When the hider says "Go," direct all the finders to look for the buttons. The finder who finds the last button gets to be the hider next.

Play several times. Then, collect the buttons and gather the children together. Ask the children if any of them have ever been lost accidentally in a store. Allow a few brief stories. Ask them how they felt when they were found by someone they knew. Ask if any of the children have stayed overnight with a friend or at a relative's home. Were they sad when they left home? Why? Were they happy when they returned home? Why?

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