How often do you forget where you have kept your keys, wallets or your favourite pen? How many times have you struggled to find these things in time? How often do you blame your memory and think you could have done something to improve it?
Just like you want to help yourself in improving your memory, you could also help your child to jump-start brain development by engaging them in fun games and activities at a very young age. Children’s brains grow rapidly and there are plenty of things parents could do to help in this process. Here are a few games that you should try at the earliest to make your child the brightest in the later stages of life!
What is missing?
This game could be played anytime and anywhere with limited resources to boost up your toddler’s memory. Place 10 simple items such as a pen, paper or whatever is easily available on a table. Ask your kid to memorize these items for 10 seconds. While your child closes the eyes, take off 1 or 2 items. Ask them to open eyes and let them try to recall what is missing.
Coin Pattern Game
Gather a combination of coins and design a pattern from the coins. Let your toddler take a look at that for a while. Cover the coins and ask your toddler to design the same pattern using the other coins from your collection. When they get it right, appreciate them for getting it right. If they get it wrong, correct them gently till they gets it right. This game, along with improving the memory, also boosts concentration skills.
Make a simple classic memory game for toddlers by using bottle caps. Use large caps and colour the underside of it with vibrant colours. Let each coloured cap be assigned in pairs. Ask your child to find the matching pairs. To start with, you can use 2-3 pairs of coloured caps for your toddler.
Walking down the memory lane
This is the best game you could play with your child to bring back the old memories and also to strengthen memory. It also helps in reminiscing the special moments. Open the albums or find old photos and have your child identify the people in the photos. Your toddler could easily identify the people they have seen more than once (like grandpa, grandma, cousins). Let them tell a story to go along with the photos or express their feelings about each person. Try prompting them for what they remembers about each event.
Toddlers are natural singers and singing a song is a great way of exercising their memories. Give a short rhyme, poem or a song to your child, ask them to learn and memorize it in a few minutes. Once the time is up, you could ask them to recite the poem, rhyme or sing the song. They could get it correct in one go or you could always give them another chance to learn it. This game builds memorization skills while providing some quality literacy learning.
Retell a story
This is a game you could play on the go. Just tell a story to your child and ask them to retell the same story from their memory. You can retell a story while omitting a few sections of the story and ask them to identify what you missed. If you have more than one kid, you could ask your child to take turns with sentences in retelling the story or plot points. And for sure, your child will be spared from the boredom during a long journey.
Image memory story
Have your child look at an image in a magazine for a minute. Ask your child to make up a story incorporating as many details from the image as they can. If they get stuck, you can always ask some prompting questions to help out such as: “What was the red object you saw in the image?” or “There was something flying in the air. What was that?”