Observation Games

Kim’s Game

Non Elimination – 3+ years – 

This game is a good test of observation and memory. The organizer puts about twenty small objects on a tray and allows the players a few minutes to memorize them. (The players are not allowed to make notes.) The tray is then covered with a cloth, and the players are each given a piece of paper and a pencil. The players are then asked to write down as many objects as they can remember. The winner is the player who remembers the most objects.

Another way to play is for the organizer to ask the players to turn their backs to the tray once they have been given time to see the objects. The organizer then removes one of the items and moves the positions of the others. The winner is the first to say which object has been removed.

All Change

Non Elimination – 8+ years – 

In this game the players divide into two teams, and one team leaves the room. The remaining players each then change an item of clothing by swapping something with another player or by turning something inside out. Once this is done the members of the team outside the room are brought back in and attempt to spot all the changes. A point is awarded for each change that is spotted. The teams then change roles, and the winning team is the one that scores the most points.

Ring on a String

Non Elimination – 5-10 years – 

For this game a long length of string and a ring are required. The ring is slipped over one end of the string, and the ends of the string are tied together to form a large loop. The players then form a circle and one player stands in the middle. The players in the circle hold on to the string with both hands, and one player holds the ring in his or her hand so the player in the middle cannot see it. The string is then passed through the players’ hands?passing the ring at the same time. The object of the game is to not to let the player in the middle see the ring. If he or she does catch a glimpse of it or guesses by someone’s facial expression who has the ring, then he or she taps the appropriate hand. If the person concealing the ring is discovered, he or she must change places with the player in the centre. If the person in the middle taps someone’s hand and finds that it is empty, then he or she has to stay in the centre.

Up, Jenkins!

Non Elimination – 5-10 years – 

This game is similar to Ring on a String except that it is played with some small object rather than a length of string. One player sits on the floor in the middle of a circle formed by the other players. The players in the circle sit with their hands behind their backs, and one of them holds a small object. When the game begins the players in the circle pass the object from hand to hand behind their backs. The player in the middle watches to discover who has the object.

To make it more difficult, the players in the circle can pretend to pass an object and distract the player in the middle. If the player in the middle thinks he or she knows where the object is, then he or she must tap the appropriate hand. If the guess is correct, then he or she will swap places with the person caught with the object. If the guess is wrong then he or she must stay put, and the game continues.