Lost and Found

Search for a missing team.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  art, creative thinking & problem solving, social & emotional development
  • Related Episode: D.W.'s Blankie


  • a small item


Invite your children to be detectives for a day!

  1. Set the scene: Hide something that belongs to you somewhere in the room.
  1. Search: Tell your children about your problem, and ask for their help: I can't find my coffee cup. I think it's lost. What can I do? Prompt your children to investigate by asking you where you went with your coffee cup. Recall an imaginary sequence of events, and visit each location with your kids to search for the missing item: Well, I went near the blocks to look at Mitchell's tower. Maybe it's there. Finally, identify the location where you hid the item, and let your children discover it there.

With a Group

Play a cooperative hide-and-seek game. Have one child close his or her eyes while the others watch you hide a toy. The group will then help the searcher find the toy by giving "hot and cold" clues. "You're cold!" means the toy is far away. "You're getting warmer" means the searcher is getting closer. "You're hot!" means the searcher is almost at the toy.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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