Do you remember playing a game where there were 10-20 objects on a tray, which you had 1 or 2 minutes to look at and then once they were covered up / removed, you had to remember all the objects?

Some people call this game “Kim’s Game” (see below) or the “Memory Game”

I recently did a twist on the game for a baby shower – the items were placed on a tray and passed around, people had to remember as many as they could, then all the goodies went to the mum-to-be as a gift.

You can do something similar for a birthday party or team building exercise


Here is an overview of Kim’s game from Wikipedia

Kim’s Game is a game or exercise played by Boy Scouts and other children’s groups.

[1] The game develops a person’s capacity to observe and remember details. The name is derived from Rudyard Kipling‘s 1901 novel Kim, in which the hero, Kim, plays the game during his training as a spy.[2]

“ Look on them as long as thou wilt, stranger. Count and, if need be, handle. One look is enough for me. When thou hast counted and handled and art sure that thou canst remember them all, I cover them with this paper, and thou must tell over the tally to Lurgan Sahib. I will write mine.