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MCSA Lockdown Tip 10

MCSA Lockdown Tip 10

Lockdown Day 10 – Kim’s Game

It’s Sunday! Time to take a break from work and enjoy some Game Time! And whilst we are at it, we might as well use the opportunity to sharpen our memories!


Kim’s Game comes from Rudyard Kipling’s 1901 novel ‘Kim’ in which the hero, Kim, plays the game during his training as a spy.

You will need:

  • A tray
  • Various objects
  • A cloth or light towel

How to play:

  1. Come to the table/work area with the objects on the tray and covered with a cloth. (This provides a bit of mystery and should intrigue the child!)
  2. With a flourish (keep the drama going!) remove the cloth to reveal the objects.
  3. Discuss each object with the child to ensure that they know what it is.
  4. Ask the child to look at the objects for about 20 seconds.
  5. Cover with the cloth again and remove one object surreptitiously so that the child cannot see what you have removed.
  6. Take the cloth off the tray and ask the child to identify the object that you took away.
  7. Replace the object on the tray.
  8. Repeat the above giving the child the opportunity to remove an object allowing you to determine what s/he removed.

Depending on the age and stage of your child, this game can be played with varying amounts of objects and more or less time to observe the objects before covering them up.

Some ideas for objects:

  • Simple game (related objects): farm animals: horse, pig, chicken, goat, and cow
  • Simple game (non-related objects): Lego block, teaspoon, coin, pen, key
  • More advanced game: playing card, credit card, paper money, business card, fridge magnet

This game will develop:

  • Visual memory
  • Powers of observation
  • Attention to detail
  • Vocabulary extension (for more unusual objects)