Top 17 Memory Games to Play With Kids

Updated: Mar 4, 2019

Memory Games to Play with Kids

The amazing thing about your memory is that it can be strengthened with the right activities. Like any other muscle or organ in the body, a brain must be exercised and developed every day. It is important to keep it in training. The development and improvement of memory go hand-in-hand with the significant awakening of consciousness. As someone who works with kids, it is essential to provide daily activities that help them build their memory.

In general, when it comes to supporting or helping to improve memory, it is all about tricks, tips and skills that can be development through practice. Therefore, some of the best ways to practice is through the use of memory games. They are exciting and super fun for kids and offer quite a lot of benefits. In addition, they help improve concentration, increase memory power, and help the brain stay alert.

Memory games also can be used as a tool to teach kids how to work together. The games below can be implemented not just individually but also with small or large groups of kids. Therefore, let’s get started! Here is to fun and healthy activities that will improve your kids memory.

In this article, we present you some memory games parents can play with childs!

1. My Suitcase

This is a very fun game that can be played in small or large group. The game begins with one kid stating “I packed my suitcase with….” then must state something that begins with the letter “a” (alligator). Then the next player has to state “I packed my suitcase with an “alligator” and must then state an object that begins with the letter “b” (ball). The game continues this sequence until the group gets all the way to the letter Z. The great part about this game is you can track how many items your kids can remember as a group and then challenge them to always improve.

2. Rat A Tat Cat

This is a very exciting card game where  the goal is to score the lowest amount of points before a player states “rat a tat cat”. This game begins with each player having four cards face down in front of them with one opportunity to look at the two end cards. This game challenges kids to remember which cards in front of them as they try to pick up or swap cards from the pike or with other players.   

3. Peek and Tell

In this memory game, you need to place some objects on the table. You can have a pen, crayons, note-book, vegetables, bottle, bowl etc. Once you have placed some objects on the table ask your child to look at these objects for thirty seconds. After that, place a towel over these objects so that your child is not able to see them. Then, ask your child to write down or state the names of all the objects that the child saw on the table.

4. Simon

This game is great at helping kids build their memory skills, as they try to remember and follow the sequence of tones and lights which the device presents.  After each successful completion, the device gradually make each sequence for challenging.

5. Cacophony Time

Collect and organize various audio-tape sounds (water gushing from the tap, gong of church bells, sparrow’s chirp, and car horn’s blare etc.). Then, play each of the sounds and ask the kids to listen and try to remember each sound. Once the audio-tape stops playing however many sounds you want, have the kids write down or retell you each one of the sounds they heard.  

6. Memory Card Games

These games are a great way to introduce your kids to the idea of remembering where certain pictures are on the grid. For the younger kids, memory card games can be a lot of fun once they understand the concept and start using their brain power to collect matches.

7. Poetry Fun

Ask your child to memorize a poem or song. Then, have them write down the poem’s lines on separate paper slips. Next, shuffle them up and ask your child to reorganize or re-arrange these lines to get the complete song or poem.

8. Lucky Duck’s Game

This is an enjoyable game to play with preschool students. It is a slight variation of the traditional matching cards game except in this one, ducks circle around a pretend pond with shape and colors underneath them and kids must pick up two ducks with the same shape. This game challenges kids to focus and memorize a little more as they have to keep track of where ducks on as they circle around the pretend pond.

9. Sorting Game

Collect and arrange a set of cards is a specific order facing up. Let the child look at them for some time (a few seconds). Next, shuffle up these cards and ask your child to re-organize in the same order. You should check how closely your child’s order matches with yours.

10. Choco

This is a simple game to play with a toddler or preschool age kids. This classic game at one time used to be called “Critter in the Candy”. The goal of this game is to collect chocolate pieces by correctly selecting matching piece in the middle with the dice. Whatever the dice lands on (peanuts or cherry), the objective is to pick up a matching chocolate pieces which is faced down in the middle. As the games progresses, this game helps kids practice remembering which pieces in the middle are either peanuts or cherries.

11. Photographic memory

This game is very interesting and will make help your child improves his or her memory. To start this game, flip through your family’s old album with your child. While looking at the photographs, tell your child the names of persons and how they are related to your child. At the same time, you may narrate humorous anecdotes as well as interesting incidents as you flip the album’s pages. Once you are through, close the photo album and ask the child some very fun and amusing questions to help him or her recall the persons you pointed out, previously. For instance, what is the name of the grandfather who kept searching for his glasses while he was wearing it all along?

12. Turtle Flip

This is a entertaining game to help younger kids memorize their left and their right as well as the number value of the monkeys in front of them. The game works by kids having to pick up a card with a number value on it and also picking up chips that either say pass to the left or right or flip in referring to the number card they have placed face down in front of them.

13. Around the Circle

This game works well with a larger group of kids. It is also a great game to help kids remember other kids names in the group. This game begins with one kid saying their name, and then the kid next to them (right or left) has to remember their name and then say their own name, and then the next kid has to remember the previous two kids name and then say their own and this game continues like this until everyone has shared their name, and then to end of the game, the kid who went first must try and state all the names in the circle.

14. Monkey’s Up

This game is very similar to Rat A Ta Tat but might be more effective for younger kids. The goal of the game is to score the highest amount of points by either flipping, trading, or collecting monkeys that are numbered at the bottom 0 to 15. The action each player chooses is determined by a dice. This game works on kids memory skills because they must remember the number beneath each monkey that they have or their opponents.

15. Tap and Go

This is fun and challenging game to play with a small or large group in a classroom or a room in a home. It begins with one player going around the room and tapping on one object. Once player 1 sits the playerm2 then has to first remember and tap the object from player 1 and then find a different object to tap. Once player 2 sits, then player 3 has to repeat the same sequence.

16. Baffled

This family memory game is a more challenging than your traditional memory card games. In this game, players have 60 seconds to remember the positions of the 12 symbol tiles, however the challenge is with keeping track of their positions as they will change throughout the game. This is a fun game for older kids.  

17. What’s Different?

For this game either arrange a good amount of toys on a table or have a group of students stand in a line. Have one child look at the set of toys on the table or groups of students in line and ask them to remember exactly how everything looks. Then, ask the child to turn away from the toys or children standing in line. Once the child is looking away, change one subtle thing about the toys or children standing in line. This could look like a toy is removed or is in a different location of the table. For the children in line, it could look like someone took off their glasses or put on a hat. After you have decided what will be different, then the child must face the set of toys on the table or children in line and has to pick out what is different.

In conclusion, these games can be very fun for you and your kids. It is important to remember to take  time each day or week to play with your kids in order to help them build their memory skills. By incorporating these fun games into your routine and schedule will increase the chances will learn the skills necessary to improve their memory.

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