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10 Playful Ways to Improve Child's Memory

Shikha Batra
3 to 7 years

Created by Shikha Batra
Updated on Jul 28, 2017

10 Playful Ways to Improve Childs Memory
Reviewed by Expert panel

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”. 

Children these days have to pack in so much in a day, that at times they face memory lapses making them draw a blank on even the simplest questions like what did you do in the school today or tend to forget the simple instructions you had given them.

Tips to Boost Your Child’s Memory

Here, we get you 10 tips on how to help boost your children’s memory, but in a playful way. 

#1. Using Playcards:

Give instructions to the child using playcards 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. Using Child’s Magazine:

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. 

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#4. Simple Play Cards Games:

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 Animal: 

Start asking 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. Ask About clue words:

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.

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#7. Introducce Numbering:

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. Ask to Write or Say aloud Everything from the Tray:

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. Play Memory Game: 

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:

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! 

 

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Mar 04, 2016

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

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| Mar 04, 2016

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

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank u so much,very useful information

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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.. Its very informative

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| Mar 05, 2016

Interesting ideas. Will try surely..

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| Mar 05, 2016

Thank you Shika for sharing such introspective blog..

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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

Very well explained... I will definitely try

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| Mar 05, 2016

Very useful information shared. Thank you

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| Mar 07, 2016

Good one

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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

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

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| Mar 08, 2016

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

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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 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

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 20, 2016

Great job Shikha.... very useful

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| Mar 20, 2016

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

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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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| Apr 16, 2016

Truly amazing blog

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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 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

Thanks Ekta Malik and Khyati Barbhaya for your feedback!

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| Apr 28, 2016

Thks ... Vry gud ideas

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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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| May 02, 2016

Thanks Deepti and Sukanya for your feedback!!

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| May 11, 2016

thanks.... this is really wonderful information

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| Jun 12, 2016

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

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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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| Jul 05, 2016

very useful blog.

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| Jul 07, 2016

very nices ideas to interact with childrens in their way

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| Jul 17, 2016

Very useful info. . Thanks for your ideas

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| Jul 29, 2016

useful tips.

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| Aug 01, 2016

very nice write up shikha

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| Aug 03, 2016

Grt thought

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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 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 07, 2016

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

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| Aug 08, 2016

Very nice.. very practical. .

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| Aug 09, 2016

very useful tips

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| Aug 09, 2016

super.. thanks for posting this useful tips.

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| Aug 09, 2016

super.. very useful...

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| Aug 09, 2016

Thanks good tips

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| Aug 09, 2016

wow!! thanks this is so helpfull

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| Aug 09, 2016

Great advise. Thanks

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| Aug 09, 2016

Superr its usefull

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| Aug 09, 2016

Awesome....

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| Aug 09, 2016

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

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| Aug 09, 2016

Great ...

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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 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 10, 2016

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

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| Aug 10, 2016

very useful information

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| Aug 10, 2016

nice notes

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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

Thank you for this idia

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| Sep 01, 2016

superb ideas

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| Sep 13, 2016

very nice

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| Sep 15, 2016

good idea,thanks

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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 23, 2016

thanks dear.

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| Oct 25, 2016

Thanks

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| Oct 25, 2016

too good

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| Oct 25, 2016

very useful information,thanks alot!!!

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| Nov 22, 2016

very informative.. 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 and useful .. thanks

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| Nov 22, 2016

Very useful

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| Nov 22, 2016

Good information shared..

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