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Powers of Observation

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

In this rainy day activity, see whether your child can remember everything concealed under the sheet.


  • Fifteen to twenty small household objects (key, bottle cap, paper clip, safety pin, coin, and so on)
  • Tray or tabletop
  • Towel or sheet
  • Paper
  • Pencils


  1. Place fifteen to twenty small household objects on a tray or tabletop.
  2. Cover the objects with a towel or sheet.
  3. Have the players stand around the tray or table so each has a good view.
  4. Remove the sheet or towel and let the players look at the objects for one to two minutes. Then cover the objects again.
  5. Give each player a sheet of paper and a pencil.
  6. Challenge the players to write down as many objects as they can recall.
  7. The winner is the player who correctly recalls the most objects.
  8. f a young child who can't write is playing, pair him with an older child or adult.
  9. After the younger child has viewed the objects, have him dictate what he recalls to his partner, who writes it down.