Mystery Object

Bring an item that is so unusual that the learners are not likely to recognize what it is. Spend some time eliciting basic descriptions of the item and guesses about what it is and how it’s used. If possible, pass the item around.

This is an activity in observation and inference, so don’t answer questions. Just write down descriptions and guesses until someone figures it out or you reveal the mystery.

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