Kim’s Game – How Do We Remember What We See?

Part of Early Years Week

This is a classic children’s game to test how good we are at remembering the things we have seen using different objects from around your house.

See if older ones can have a think and try to remember the object that was missing. You could give some clues if it’s tricky. Wee ones love to lift off the cover and reveal what was hiding. They might want to have a shot at testing you!

Make it harder for older ones by taking more than one item at a time or swapping the positions of items!

Watch our video and download our activity sheet for more detailed instructions.

Kim's Game | Early Explorers
Some Science: This game is also important for psychologists because it investigates "object permanence" when you hide an object under the cover. Object permanence is when you understand that an object is still there even though it’s hidden. This is hard for babies, and scientists debate at what age they are able to do this. It’s one of the reasons that babies find the game peekaboo so amazing!
Kim's Game
Kim's Game - How Do We Remember What We See

For older children, try out DCA’s Draw a Tree, Make a Forest activity, based on the artist Abel Rodriguez’s work in their Seized By The Left Hand exhibition. Rodriguez drew forests using only his memories of them. How good do you think you are at drawing from memory? Imagine a forest and try this activity sheet drawing trees from only what you can remember.

Kim's Game
Kim's Game - How Do We Remember What We See worksheet
Kim's Game How Do We Remember What We See (PDF)

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