From learning the alphabet to solving equations, having a good memory can accelerate your child’s learning. Some people naturally have a better memory than others, but everyone can improve their ability to memorise information with a little practice. One of the most effective ways for children to improve their memory skills is through interactive activities that use a variety of different learning styles. In this guide, we’ve taken our pick our favourite memory games for children.


Picture Pairs

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For this classic memory game, you’ll need a deck of picture cards that have sets of the same picture. Spread all the cards out on a table or floor with the pictures facing down. The children can then take it in turn to turn over one card, memorise the picture and its position, then turn over a second card to see if it matches.

If the second card doesn’t match, both cards are turned picture side down again. Each player follows the same process, all the while trying to remember the position of the cards and their corresponding pictures.

For older children, this game can also be played with a standard deck of cards, with each player trying to match the same number.


What’s Missing?

This is a fun game that can help improve your child’s visual memory. Start by placing 3-4 household objects on a tray and name each one with your child. Place a tea towel over the tray and ask your child to close their eyes. Remove an object from the tray and ask them to open their eyes again. Lift the tea towel off the tray and ask your child which object is missing.

Once they get good at memorising 3-4 objects, add more to make it more challenging. For older children, you can place up to 10 objects on the try and ask them to spend one-minute memorising each object. Cover the tray with the tea towel and ask them to write down all the objects from memory. Then remove the tea towel and see if there are any objects missing from their list.


I Went Shopping…

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This game works best with a large group of children – the more kids, the more challenging (and fun) the game becomes. The game starts when the first child says ‘I went shopping and I bought a…’, they then choose a shopping item to start off the list.

The next player repeats the phrase, remembering the original item and adding their own. The game continues in this way with each player memorising all the items on the list and adding their own.

The last person in the group has the difficult task of remembering every single item on the list. You can vary the game by changing the nature of the sentence, for example, ‘I went on holiday and I bought a…’.


Spot the Difference

Another classic game that works well with younger children. Ask you child to study the clothes that you’re wearing and then ask them to close their eyes. While their eyes are closed, either take an item of clothing off, or put one on. Have them open their eyes and ask them to tell you what’s different. The better they get, the more you can focus on smaller details like removing a watch or an earring, or undoing a shoelace for example.

If you’re feeling creative, you can play the same game using a pencil and paper. Draw two images side-by-side but make one of them slightly different. See if your child can spot the difference.

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