5S Numbers Game

I found a great little game at superteams.com that can be played with only pen, paper and a stop watch. It demonstrates the main principles of 5S. It seems like an excellent introduction to a 5S kaizen event, or for general training.

The 5S Numbers Game can also be found on the 5Ssupply.com website as a free download.

Description from the superteams website:
"Here are the complete set of resources for you to confidently lead your Team through the game TOMORROW if you wish. . .We have created a full function Participant Handout that leads your Team step-by-step through the 5S Numbers Game"

Have fun trying to get your team to organize this:

My kind of simulation. Complete and free. The simulation is 15 pages long and contains everything you need to get started immediately. It even includes a facilitator's guide and talking points. Since it "plays" in 30 to 60 minutes, it would make an excellent introduction to any Lean activity, whether you are working in an office or manufacturing plant.

The game can be found here.

Also, check out this updated version of the 5S Numbers Game.

This post has been added to my huge list of of lean games and simulations.

To learn more about 5S, consider picking up the book, 5S for Operators: 5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace (For Your Organization!).


  1. I just used this in a kaizen event and it is lots of fun. Fast and useful! It works best if each participant has their own page. I recommend it.

  2. See this online variant http://5salphabetgame.blogspot.com/

    1. New version : http://leantools.info/5sgame

  3. It seems that 5Ssupply.com website has merged to visualworkplaceinc.com/

    I could not find the 5S Numbers Game there. Is there any other places to download the game for free? Thanks!

    1. You are correct. I removed most of the links, but the .pdf can be found here: https://www.mn.gov/bms-stat/assets/5s_numbers_game.pdf


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