Game Type: Skill Development
Age Range: 7+
Number of Participants: 2-20
Materials: A selection of 20 to 50 objects, a table upon which the objects will fit, pens/pencils and paper/index cards
Explanation: Participants try to remember things they can no longer see.
How to Play: Prior to playing, the leader places the group of objects on a table and covers it with a cloth or places it in a separate room, so that no one can see it ahead of time. The leader explains that the participants have one minute to look at the objects on the table, and then they will be asked to write down as many objects as they can remember. The participants are not allowed to touch any of the objects, and they cannot talk aloud during the minute of looking. The leader has the participants stand around the table, and pulls the cover off, saying “Go.” After timing a minute, the leader covers the table, and asks the participants to write down as many objects as they can remember. The leader gives the participants two minutes to do this, and at the end of this time, the leader lists all of the objects on the table.
Notes: This game helps participants focus on their sense of sight – it can be repeated so that they can try different methods of remembering all of the objects. It favors the visual learners, especially since the aural and kinesthetic learners can’t speak or touch.