This is a popular memory game that has lots of variations.
Time needed for one round: 5 minutes.
How to Play ‘I Went To the Shops and I Bought…’
This is a memory game where each player has to remember all the listed items from previous players and then add one more.
- General Play
At the start of their go each player states the sentence ‘I Went To the Shops and I Bought..’
Player 1 makes the statement and then adds an item (eg I Went To the Shops and I Bought..A ball)
The next player then makes the statement ‘I Went To the Shops and I Bought..’ and then has to say all the items that have been purchased before their go and then add another one. (eg I Went To the Shops and I Bought.. A ball and A carrot)
Play continues until someone makes a mistake; either not remembering all the items or not stating them in the correct order. At that point, they are out, and the next player has a go.
- How to Win
We usually say that to be crowned the winner you have to be able to have a successful go after all others have failed!
– For younger kids it can be easier to remember if the items bought have to follow the alphabet. eg Player 1: Avocado, Player 2: Avocado-Ball, Player 3: Avocado-Ball-Carrot etc
- Alternative Versions:
Change the initial statement;
I Went to the Market and I bought..
I Travelled to The Jungle and I Saw..
I Went on Holiday To..
I Packed in my Bag a..