DIY under game for preschoolers

No matter how we try it or what we use, my student’s love playing the very simple game that I refer to as “the under game!”

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

The under game is simple and there are many ways to play it but this is how my students play it. First we gather our cups. It doesn’t matter how many cups we use but we like to use between six and eight. Miss Abby painted our cups brown to represent “under the ground” for our continued study of vegetables that grow under the ground…

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

Next pick an object. We used a stuffed felt carrot as our chosen vegetable for our underground cups. We could have used a real carrot or even more than one carrot but we thought this carrot would be fun for today…

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

Our students make up their own rules for playing this game as they go along. Usually, one child closes his or her eyes while the other child hides the carrot under a cup…

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

Then the child opens his or her eyes and tries to guess where the carrot is hidden. Sometimes several children play at once which leads to a race to find the carrot…

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

Some of the children search under each cup as fast as he or she can to find the carrot as fast as possible. Other children are more thoughtful about it and try to guess which cup the carrot my actually be in before lifting up to find out. And other children peek during the hiding part of the game and know exactly where that carrot is hidden…

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

No matter how the children choose to play the game, they always enjoy it. It’s the kind of guessing game that has no winners or losers but it does lead to feeling like a winner once you find that carrot!

The Under Game by Teach Preschool

Links to Grow On

You Can’t Have Too Many Carrots by Teach Preschool

A Day of Exploring Carrots by Teach Preschool

A Simple Bean Bag Game for Preschoolers by Teach Preschool

By |2016-04-15T01:51:37+00:00April 15th, 2016|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Isabel Aguiã Camacho April 18, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Good morning!
    I share the same feeling…especially on mondays… my 5 year old children need to descompress from weekend…then they feel ready to learn more!!!
    Have a nice day!

  2. Lynda way April 19, 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Nice activity for children. It is a fun filled game and must be liked by all children. The concept of no looser and no winner is a good one. I really liked the concept. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Joelle May 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Great activity! Someone taught me a magic trick with three cups on the same principle 🙂

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