Kim's game: remembering and forgetting
To allow an opportunity for thinking about memory: what itís good to remember and what itís best to forget.
by Rachel Bird
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To allow an opportunity for thinking about memory: what it’s good to remember and what it’s best to forget.
Preparation and materials
- You will need a selection of items (between 15 and 20 depending on age of children) on a tray for playing Kim’s Game, the simple memory game of looking at objects then trying to remember them when they are removed from sight. Keep a list of what’s on the tray that you can refer to.
- Play a version of Kim’s Game with the whole assembly: Go though the items one by one, holding them up. Leave them on the tray for a few moments in full view and then cover them up.
Talk briefly about how you’re not always good at remembering things; perhaps wave your diary about and tell the children that if you didn’t have this you’d miss half the things you were meant to do. Or give an illustration of missing someone’s birthday recently. Ask if anyone knows which animal is said to never forget. Point out that even if elephants never forget this is certainly not always true for human beings!
Ask the children if they can remember what was on the tray. Take one answer from each child, and tick them off your list (don’t uncover the tray yet). If you can, get a teacher or helper to hold each item up as they remember it.
Comment at the end on how well they did, and if they’ve missed any item out, remind them of that.
- Explain that our memories are important and, like we said before, human beings often forget things.
It’s good if we can find ways to remember special things that are important to other people. It means a lot to people if we remember their birthday or perhaps remember to ask how their evening was, or perhaps how things have gone if they’ve been on a visit to the doctor or dentist. It can show that we care about other people.
Point out that at this time of year we have a special time of remembrance on 11 November. Ask if anyone can tell you what we remember and why. If appropriate you could then move into an act of remembrance (see suggestion under Time for reflection) to finish the assembly or you could move on to the next point.
- Sometimes, though, it’s good to have a short memory! Ask if anyone can think of when it’s good to have short memory? If we’ve been upset about something or fallen out with someone, sometimes we are not very good at forgetting about it and moving on afterwards. We keep remembering the thing that upset us and bringing it up again. So sometimes it’s good to be able to forgive and, even if we don’t completely forget, to move on and leave things behind.
- Explain that Christians and people of other faiths believe that God has a great memory. It tells us in the Bible that God knows all about us, every detail, even the number of hairs on our heads, and that he won’t forget us. And yet God is a fantastic, loving God, who doesn’t hold the things we’ve done against us. We were saying before that sometimes as human beings we keep remembering bad things that other people have done. Christians believe that God is not like that. When we say we’re sorry, God forgives us, accepts our apology, and lets us move on and start again. God wipes the board clean.
- One other thing that Christians believe is that they should not forget God. The Bible encourages Christians not to forget the things God has done for them, and his love for everyone and how he wants people to live.
Time for reflection
Think about how you can show someone you care today, by remembering something that’s important to them.
We remember all the brave men and women who have died in wars all over the world.
We think of them and their families.
We think of everyone serving in the armed forces on behalf of the people of our country.
We remember them all in a short time of silence.
We thank you that you love us and you never forget us.
We pray that you will help us never to forget you either.
We thank you for all the brave people in the armed services
and remember all those killed or injured.
Help us to use our memories in the best way.
‘Our Father’ (Come and Praise, 51)