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10 playful ways to improve memory in children

Shikha Batra
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10 playful ways to improve memory in children

Between Maths, Science, Social Studies, and play, there are a lot of things your little one needs to remember.  Add to it the continuous stimulus they receive from the environment all the time...no wonder, sometimes children’s memory max out and they draw a blank even at simple questions such as “what happened in school today”.  Here, we get you 10 tips on how to help boost your children’s memory, but in a playful way. 

Also read: How to improve concentration levels for your child

1. Give instructions to the child using placards with a different shape on each with each shape indicating an action to be performed by the child. For example, when he sees a circle he has to raise his arms high up in the air, when he sees a square he has to clap his hands once, when he sees a triangle, he has to take his right arm to his chest in a fist. Now, ask him to make the movement that goes with the shape one by one followed by a repeated series. You can change the order of placards in series each time to make it more complicated. 

2. Give your child a child’s magazine and give him directions to go to a particular page number mentioned by you and underline all instances of the word “a” in one minute. 

3. Play games in the car in which you recite the letters and numbers on a number plate you see on a car passing by and then say it backwards too. Take turns. 

4. Simple play cards games like Crazy Eights, Matching Needs, Uno, Go Fish, and War can be excellent ways to improve child’s working memory as the child  has to keep the rules of the game in mind besides remembering what card he has and which ones others have played. Even board games such as chess can help boost concentration and memory skills of the child.

5. Ask the child to think of as many animals and name them and making it further complicated by thinking of animals beginning with letter “B”. Names of flowers, birds, insects or his classmates/family members beginning with a particular letter can also be used to play the game.

6. You can ask your child to name as many clue words for addition as she can (such as “all together”, “in all”, “total” and “plus”). Synonyms of a word or opposites can also be asked. 

7. Depending on the age of your child, you can give three or four or five directions simultaeously by numbering them. For example: One- ‘Go to the last room, find a pink towel there’,  Two- ‘Go to the study room, wrap the pink towel on the pen stand’, Three- ‘Pick up a notepad from study table and a pencil.’ Four- ‘Bring it to me, write “One”  on the notepad and give it to me’. Each time increase the complexity of the instructions given.

8. A collection of around 20 small items, for example Pencils, small value coins, purses, fake spiders, tiny teddies, lipstick, plastic toys etc. is placed in a tray. Time limit of about one minute is given to the child to look at the items before they are covered or removed. The child is then asked to write down or say aloud everything from the tray that they can remember. This can be played with words, numbers or letters sequence also. 

9. This memory game can be played between minimum of 2 and maximum of 6 children where the first one would begin a sentence with a location, a situation and items required. For example, the first person could say “I went to school to attend a fun fair with a bag full of sweets”. The next person would need to repeat the sentence, including the first person’s item, and then add their own to start a list. The next person can say “I went to school to attend a fun fair with a bag full of sweets (first person’s sentence) and pencils (his own addition to the list)”. As the game goes on, each participant needs to recall the full list and add their own, and if they can’t, they will out of that round. 

10. Storytelling is another way to improve working memory as it requires and invites a child’s sustained and focused attention as well as working memory to hold in mind all that’s happened so far, different characters’ identities, story details and to relate them to the new information being revealed (without the use of visual aids). 

I would request my readers to enrich this blog with the innovative techniques they have been using to improve the memory of their child.  Your feedback is valuable to me. Thanks for reading! 

 

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| Sep 29, 2017

Very good ideas,. vl sure try... thanks for sharing

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| Sep 25, 2017

Great. I will definately try on my kids. thx

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| Sep 25, 2017

Thank you

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| Sep 25, 2017

Thank you

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| Sep 16, 2017

Useful article. thanks

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| Sep 02, 2017

nice

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| Sep 01, 2017

wonderful... wil try with my kids... thank you.

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| Aug 22, 2017

really useful article..... wil try all the techniques and games mentioned..... thanks

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| Aug 22, 2017

really useful article..... wil try all the techniques and games mentioned..... thanks

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| Aug 09, 2017

Excellent....

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| Aug 07, 2017

Very useful. Thank you

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| Aug 04, 2017

very useful nd innovative to improve the skill of child... thanks for such great article..

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| Aug 02, 2017

very usefull and creative ideas thanku

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| Aug 02, 2017

amazing ideas to keep the child busy in a fun way..... thanks for sharing

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| Jul 31, 2017

thanks for nice article

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| Jul 31, 2017

Really very useful article mam.. but the thing is I have a 6 months baby that is y am not able to take much time for my elder one to such activities other than making her doing school home work.. If u can share some more activities within the less time it would be a great thing for me

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| Jul 31, 2017

good article,I use blocks game to improve memory of my child. first I arrange the blocks later he do it on his own in the same way.

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| Jul 31, 2017

it's a good idea for me to engage my baby in useful way thank u so much

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| Jul 31, 2017

excellent ideas... happy to see such useful play for kids

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| Jul 31, 2017

Very useful article. Thanks for sharing with us.

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| Jul 31, 2017

very good idea s

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| Jul 31, 2017

Wonderful blog...... Now it's my turn to put in into implementation.......

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| Jul 31, 2017

excellent idea...

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| Jul 31, 2017

Thank u Shikha Batra for sharing such valuable thoughts.

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| Jul 31, 2017

Thx for ur suggestions. . will try to apply

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| Jul 31, 2017

wonderful blog. thank u

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| Jul 31, 2017

wow superb tricks thank u,

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| Jul 31, 2017

nice ideas

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| Jul 30, 2017

too good... thanxx

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| Jul 29, 2017

nice

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| Jul 28, 2017

Excellent mam.. Thanks

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| Jul 14, 2017

superb techniques you have shared . Should try to implement them to their best

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| Jun 25, 2017

very nice ideas

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| Jun 25, 2017

Wow very nice ideas..... thanks for ur help an efforts

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| Jun 24, 2017

very nice ideas

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| Jun 24, 2017

excellent ideas. The think is here we use a playful way. In fact some of these games were played by us in our younger days but now we forgot to implement it to our children's. Hats off.

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| Jun 24, 2017

Very nice shikha ji. Thank you for tips

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| Jun 24, 2017

thanks for nice ideas

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| Jun 24, 2017

wonderful ideas... !!!but I have one query that , is it suitable for every age group?

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| Jun 24, 2017

wonderful ideas.. like the article

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| Jun 24, 2017

thanks a lot for such a awesome ideas . really very helpful ....

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| Jun 24, 2017

very nice and informative article thanks for sharing ideaa

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| Jun 24, 2017

wow wonderful ideas... thanku so much

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| Jun 24, 2017

wonderful... very helpful. .

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| May 31, 2017

wonderful really helpful thanks a lot

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| May 11, 2017

very helpful thx

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| May 04, 2017

nice one..

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| Apr 23, 2017

good advice

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| Apr 21, 2017

the article is useful.

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| Apr 21, 2017

the tips r very useful...

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| Apr 14, 2017

i love this arti le ...and wd like to use it

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| Apr 11, 2017

thankx

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| Apr 03, 2017

Thank you so much Shikha... such interesting ideas . Will start with my lil one now.

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| Mar 27, 2017

good tips

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| Mar 24, 2017

thank you for these useful advice

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| Mar 22, 2017

thank you for your valuable suggestion.

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| Mar 22, 2017

hi Shruthi! please help your child in studies and find out what is that she finds confusing. make sure u give a patient ear to her and spend time clarifying her doubts. let her revise what she did the previous day at home and also what was done in school. this would keep her up to date and also thorough with concepts. give her quizzes or tests and make it interesting by scoring her and rewarding her with smileys , stars her favourite dish and lots of praise. work on her weak areas by giving enough repitition . hope this helps!

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| Mar 22, 2017

very useful information. it has improved relation with my six years old child

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| Mar 22, 2017

very useful. my daughter in Sr. kg. she always says "am confused" in studies. what can i do.

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| Mar 22, 2017

thank u so much for sharing very useful tips

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| Mar 22, 2017

very useful.. thank you

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| Mar 22, 2017

very helpful blog

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| Mar 22, 2017

Very helpful!!

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| Mar 22, 2017

Thanks !!!

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| Mar 22, 2017

very nice....

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| Mar 22, 2017

thanks for giving these valuable suggestions

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| Mar 22, 2017

need to try these

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| Mar 21, 2017

thanks

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| Mar 21, 2017

its really good. i will definitely try this. thanx alot

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| Mar 21, 2017

Mrs. batra its my pleasure to HV a wonderful response from u. I appreciate ur modesty. u really HV a good flare of creative writing which is also my area of interest. keep going!!!

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| Mar 21, 2017

Dear Kanchan Mishra! Please accept my sincere thanks. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement . It will keep me motivated and do more . thanks once again!

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| Mar 21, 2017

Mrs. Batra u write so many blogs n also ans a lot of queries. indeed u r doing a gr8 job. helpful article.

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| Mar 21, 2017

THank you ,this information is incredible to every mom like me.

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| Mar 21, 2017

Thanks shikha for valuable info. Stay blessed. Kp on sharing

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| Mar 21, 2017

good one... thanku

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| Mar 21, 2017

very interesting n useful tips thanks

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| Mar 16, 2017

superb

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| Mar 16, 2017

Thankyou

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| Mar 14, 2017

thanks

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| Mar 14, 2017

Very nice thanks

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| Mar 04, 2017

thanks

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| Mar 04, 2017

a

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| Mar 03, 2017

good ideas... i need some more ideas ..

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| Mar 01, 2017

very helpful... thanks for sharing...

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| Mar 01, 2017

very nice suggestion. will implement this from today.

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| Mar 01, 2017

thanx a lot

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| Feb 28, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Feb 28, 2017

Thank you

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| Feb 28, 2017

this is very useful for my little one. thank u for sharing

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| Feb 27, 2017

not bad

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| Feb 15, 2017

interesting

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| Feb 15, 2017

gr8 ideas

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| Feb 15, 2017

nice

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| Feb 15, 2017

very useful

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| Feb 15, 2017

Thank you everyone for your valuable feedback! Thanks Vaishali, I am glad u found this blog useful!

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| Feb 15, 2017

nice ideas.... HV tried some of this n results are fab

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| Feb 15, 2017

such nice n useful idea's. really we I'll gone follow ths. thanks

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| Feb 15, 2017

great ideas

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| Feb 15, 2017

very useful n interesting tips...

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| Feb 15, 2017

it's very useful

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| Feb 15, 2017

definitely I'll apply d same on my kid

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| Feb 15, 2017

very useful tips.... thanks alot for sharing it... :)

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| Feb 08, 2017

very useful tips .....thanks

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| Feb 04, 2017

thank u Nice suggestions

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| Dec 26, 2016

good shikha...

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| Dec 16, 2016

very useful

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| Dec 15, 2016

Nice shikha

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| Nov 25, 2016

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| Nov 23, 2016

very useful my son done every work slow slow wht I hv done to improve him.

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| Nov 22, 2016

i guess its going to b very helpful

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| Nov 22, 2016

very useful article.. sure i will try it to my son ...:)

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| Nov 22, 2016

that was enriching.. thanks a ton

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| Nov 22, 2016

Good information shared..

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| Nov 22, 2016

Very useful

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| Nov 22, 2016

very informative and useful .. thanks

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| Nov 22, 2016

very usefull and will help us to improve.

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| Nov 22, 2016

very informative.. thanks

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| Oct 25, 2016

very useful information,thanks alot!!!

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| Oct 25, 2016

too good

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| Oct 25, 2016

Thanks

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| Sep 23, 2016

thanks dear.

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| Sep 21, 2016

@ Abha Garg You can save the article to Pocket app for reading it at a later time.

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| Sep 15, 2016

good idea,thanks

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| Sep 13, 2016

very nice

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| Sep 01, 2016

superb ideas

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| Aug 10, 2016

Thank you for this idia

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| Aug 10, 2016

this is a wonderful article can anyone suggest how can I save a particular article like this for future reference, time and again I keep reading brilliant stuff on this but really feel crippled when not able to save it for future reference.

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| Aug 10, 2016

nice notes

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| Aug 10, 2016

very useful information

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| Aug 10, 2016

thank u for giving so wonderful ideas to boost our child memory.

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| Aug 10, 2016

Many thanks dear Pro parents for your valuable feedback! I am glad u all liked it!

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| Aug 10, 2016

Many thanks dear Pro parents for your valuable feedback! I am glad u all liked it!

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| Aug 09, 2016

very useful tips... Thanks for sharing..

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| Aug 09, 2016

very good tips

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| Aug 09, 2016

very useful tips thanks for sharing

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| Aug 09, 2016

Great ...

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| Aug 09, 2016

very good tips... it' so useful ...

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| Aug 09, 2016

Awesome....

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| Aug 09, 2016

Superr its usefull

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| Aug 09, 2016

Great advise. Thanks

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| Aug 09, 2016

wow!! thanks this is so helpfull

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| Aug 09, 2016

Thanks good tips

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| Aug 09, 2016

super.. very useful...

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| Aug 09, 2016

super.. thanks for posting this useful tips.

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| Aug 09, 2016

very useful tips

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| Aug 08, 2016

Very nice.. very practical. .

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| Aug 07, 2016

Thank u all for your valuable feedback! I appreciate it!

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| Aug 07, 2016

Many thanks Asha! I am really glad u like my blogs. thanks again for your valuable feedback and motivating words!

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| Aug 06, 2016

i really love all ur blogs shika... u r simply superb... thank u so much...

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| Aug 03, 2016

Grt thought

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| Aug 01, 2016

very nice write up shikha

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| Jul 29, 2016

useful tips.

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| Jul 17, 2016

Very useful info. . Thanks for your ideas

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| Jul 07, 2016

very nices ideas to interact with childrens in their way

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| Jul 05, 2016

very useful blog.

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| Jun 17, 2016

Brilliant ideas! A variation to one of the games is to place an object beneath cover and ask the child to identify a given object only by feeling it without seeing it. for eg. a hairbrush, a clip, safety pin, her/his tiffin box or any other object used by the child. Another idea is to ask the child to smell/taste food items. The child recalls using his memory. for eg- spices like cloves, pepper, oregano, cardamon also turmeric, chilli, garam masala powder, etc. My kid enjoys both the above games a lot.

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| Jun 12, 2016

a very nice idea to spend time with our children ..

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| May 11, 2016

thanks.... this is really wonderful information

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| May 02, 2016

Thanks Deepti and Sukanya for your feedback!!

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| May 02, 2016

Awesome ideas. I do play memory games, UNO and chess. They help him to sit down in 1 place and concentrate. Also tried Scrabble and 3D Puzzles.

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| Apr 28, 2016

Thks ... Vry gud ideas

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| Apr 28, 2016

Thanks Ekta Malik and Khyati Barbhaya for your feedback!

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| Apr 28, 2016

Thanks Pooja for your feedback. I appreciate it. I am glad u liked the games.

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| Apr 28, 2016

Thanks Pooja for your feedback. I appreciate it. I am glad u liked the games.

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| Apr 28, 2016

I keep doing whatevrr u suggested from a long time with my 5 yr old.. trust me it s a great way to bond with ur child while the child also learns in a fun way..... not making learning a boring or tiresome job... there is one more game which my son n i love to play.. itd called junior pitcionary and taboo.. its a board game.... n its just a wonderful mind racing game...... parents should try to encourage kids to go ahead with such board games and take turns to play it

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| Apr 16, 2016

Truly amazing blog

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| Mar 23, 2016

Shikha the ways u have told are very useful... I tried with my son n he really enjoyed the games.... Thanks... Keep uploading such tips

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| Mar 20, 2016

Thanks Sadaf Sultana! I am glad u found these games useful!

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| Mar 20, 2016

Great job Shikha.... very useful

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank u for sharing. It seems to be fruitful.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Thank u for sharing. It seems to be fruitful.

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| Mar 09, 2016

Hi ek_ahuja! How r u? Thanks for giving it a read. An 8 + child has to remember a lot of things .Find his dominant learning style and give reinforcement on the same. You could work on his memory by playing simple games such as board games, quizzes, guess the right answer by giving clues. Also u could try the following games :A. creating rhythms through tapping of foot or clap and ask the child to repeat the pattern. Make it Complicated in successive attempts. B. Try making him learn telephone numbers by saying it once and asking the child to repeat it. C. The Name game in which a group of 5 to 6 children/ family members play together. One could start by saying : 'I am Samar , I like playing cricket'. Second player would say ' Papa likes playing cricket, I am Isha and I like dancing'. And then the third player could say what two previous players like doing by taking their names followed by what he/she likes. D. Try showing two placards simultaneously. On one write the color 'BLUE ' and the second could read any color but if it is written in BLUE the child has to answer CORRECT. Keep changing placards after fixed intervals. E. give simple addition /subtraction /multiplication and division maths sums by writing one sum on a sheet and quickly removing it in few seconds and he has to answer in few seconds followed by another sum. In the end count the write answers. F. Read aloud a list of things say 10 items and he has to repeat it once u stop in the same order. Make it complicated by asking him to reverse the order. You could also play the games mentioned for 4 to 7 year olds by making these more difficult with complicated instructions. hope this helps!

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| Mar 09, 2016

Can u pls suggest some mindful games for my 8+ yrs old daughter

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| Mar 08, 2016

Thanks for sharing creative techniques,will definitely try...

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| Mar 07, 2016

Thanks Valli Radha for your feedback!I am glad u found it useful!

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| Mar 07, 2016

I tried out the games played in a car She loved it I have a habit of counting the numbers on d vehicle and making it to a single digit like if the vehicle no. Is 7391=7+3+9+1=20=2+0=2 I will do it in seconds. I started with my daughter like identifying the numbers not nw she is in a stage of reading faster. Tq

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| Mar 07, 2016

Good one

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| Mar 05, 2016

Very useful information shared. Thank you

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| Mar 05, 2016

Very well explained... I will definitely try

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank u so much,it's very useful information

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank u so much,it's very useful information

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank you Shika for sharing such introspective blog..

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| Mar 05, 2016

Interesting ideas. Will try surely..

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank u So much.. Its very informative

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| Mar 05, 2016

Wow... very good ideas... it would be a super fun!!

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank u so much,very useful information

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| Mar 04, 2016

Thanks Monika for your feedback! Hope you found it useful!

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| Mar 04, 2016

Hi Shikha thank you for sharing this insightful blog with us!

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