It can help to develop the sense of how things feel (stereognostic sense) and refine all of the senses overall. It stimulates and cultivates the student’s intellectual curiosity and has endless options for use in the classroom (i.e., the type of bag or box used, the items placed in the bag, the curricular area being taught). Even a toddler will enjoy exploring objects and vocabulary with the Mystery Bag material.
In the Montessori early childhood classroom, one lesson idea for the Mystery Bag begins with the teacher placing objects in the bag, such as a large sea shell, a piece of coral, and a sand dollar.
The Mystery Bag Sensorial Activity Ideas for the Montessori ClassroomThough related, the objects are different in texture, size, etc. The student is shown the objects before they are returned to the bag. The student is then asked to find the object that is smooth, large, etc.
The Mystery Bag can also be used to reinforce the geometric solids from the sensorial area in the Montessori classroom. A student can close her/his eyes and be asked to find a particular geometric solid from the bag. Montessori students could do this with the teacher or with another student. A Montessori teacher can also place objects related to current studies in the bag. For example, the objects listed above (a large sea shell, a piece of coral and a sand dollar) could be used while the students study ocean life in the geography curriculum.
Once you begin to explore the Mystery Bag, you will find infinite possibilities for ways to use it in the Montessori classroom!
- NAMC's 3-6 Language Arts Manual
- NAMC's 3-6 Sensorial Development and Music Enrichment
- NAMC's 6-9 Language Arts Manual
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Friday, June 5, 2009.