Kim’s Game

Test your memory with this simple game


Kim’s game is a traditional memory game. You can play with two players or more.

Setting Up

Collect some everyday objects on a tray – cutlery, pencil, penknife, stones, paperclip, small toys etc. Vary the number of objects according to the ages of the player(s).

Cover the whole thing with a cloth/tea towel.

Kim’s Game

Place the tray in view of the group, and uncover it for one minute.

Once the tray is covered again, get each player to make a list on a piece of paper of all the objects they can remember. Or you can do it out loud, either one by one or as a group.

How many objects did you manage to remember? What was the easiest to remember and why? Did you have a picture in your mind of where on the tray the different objects were? What might be some good strategies for remembering more next time?

Extra Rounds

Play again with a different number of objects – more if it was too easy, fewer if it was too hard.  What about if the objects are themed? Does that make it easier or harder to remember them all? What if you can only look at the tray for 30seconds and not a minute? Or for longer? Take turns at being the person setting up the tray and the person / people remembering.

Take it Further

If you enjoyed Kim’s Game you might like to try What’s Making That Noise? or Would You Rather?

There are hundreds of other great games to try in the book Games, Games, Games, a publication with around 250 group games. The games are essentially co-operative in nature and develop skills and attitudes which encourage learning together and supporting one another.

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