By PRISCILLA DIELENBERG
The students, comprising girl and boy scouts and some girl guides, were from 14 primary and secondary schools in the district.
After a formal assembly, the students separated into groups for some fun with Kim’s Games (memory and observation games named after the hero of Rudyard Kipling’s novel ‘Kim’).
The games involved the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
For example, in the game of touch, blindfolded students were asked if they preferred to dip their hands into a pail of clean or dirty water to feel for and identify several items such as a comb, a brush, a pen, string, a screwdriver, and even a mobile phone dummy.
Those who preferred clean water were then led to a pail of water mixed with some mud, sand and grass while those who chose dirty water were led to a pail of not-so-dirty water.
Then in a test of memory, they had to list down all the items they found in the pail.
Students waiting for their turn to play did not just stand around idly but had fun with tongue twisters in English, Bahasa Malaysia and even Hokkien.
The primary school students played five similar but simpler games that required them to identify a fewer number of items.
Among the pupils were Muhd Aizat Shamsudin, 11, and Mohd Khairul Ikhwan Mohd Kamil, 12, of SK Sungai Ara who said they were glad they took part in the event as they were enjoying themselves very much.