Digital Kim's game

Kim's game is simple yet fun memory game popular in military training and in Scouting and Girl Guiding (I played it loads as a Scout). A easy to learn game that can easily be played via FaceTime or Zoom, as well as in person.

What you'll need
  • 1 large tray
  • 1 tea towel
  • 10 items (pen, orange, coin, egg etc etc)
  • A smart phone with Zoom, FaceTime or other video calling software optional

Observe, remember and recall is the name of the game. It can be played by all ages and abilities and is a great way to develop memory skills and concentration.

How to play Kim's game

  1. Place you 10 items from around the home on a tray
  2. Ask the grandchildren (and their parents) to carefully look at them for about 20 seconds
  3. Cover the items with the tea towel
  4. Ask the players to repeat back as many of the items on the tray they can remember

Variations on the game

Another way to play is to cover the items and then take one thing away and ask your grandchild to spot what is missing from the tray. If they are older or getting better at the game you can add more and more items to the tray.

A third option is to leave a longer gap between showing the items and asking for them to be recalled. Maybe Zoom or FaceTime one day to show the tray full of items and the next day ask what was on the tray!

Extra information

The name Kim's Game is derived from Rudyard Kipling's 1901 novel Kim. In the book the hero called Kim plays a similar game during his spy training.

Understanding Video calls : Skype, FaceTime and Zoom

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