Try this Mystery Letters activity with your Preschooler or Kindergartener. They will use what characteristics they know about the letters to pick out the right one.
I had B pick out 3 Melissa and Doug magnetic letters and we put them into a brown paper bag. I asked him if he could reach his arm in and pick out the letter E without looking. To find it without looking, they really have to know and feel for the different characteristics of a letter.
He did it once without looking but then he refused to do it unless he could look. I stopped myself from fussing with him about it because I realized who cares if he is looking. The real goal is to have fun while identifying letters.
You could also do this activity with:
or small toys.
No matter what is in the bag, they are following directions and thinking or looking for different characteristics.
What I would do different next time:
*Pick out the letters myself – I would start by using letters that have distinct characteristics like a T, O, and B for example. I think the M and the E were too similar for the first time with this activity.
*I would have worded the directions differently – Instead of saying “See if you can find the letter M.” I would say “Use your fingers to find the letter M without looking.”
*I would start with something simpler like shapes or small toys to introduce the activity before jumping in with the letters.