We stumbled on this game by mistake, but it occupied my 4 year old for an hour – I don’t think he’s wanted to play any game for an hour before! Make your own play dough or use store-bought, it doesn’t matter. I also love that this game just uses things you have lying around, there’s no fancy equipment. In fact, all you need is play dough and some things to press into it, like chopsticks, utensils, lego, small figures, toy cars – that kind of thing.
Shape the play dough into a large pancake, about an inch thick.
All other players close their eyes, while the first player picks two objects and makes impressions of them in the play dough.
When they’re finished, they ask everyone to guess which objects made the shapes – players are encouraged to try making impressions with objects to see what looks like the original.
You can either leave all the possible objects on the table, or for older children, put away the objects and have them guess with no help.