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Building up memory skills and concentration is a really important part of your child’s development. Activities like matching games and puzzles will all help to increase their cognitive abilities. And just as importantly, they’re fun!

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By The Scott's Team   | 3 min read

By The Scott's Team
3 min read

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One thing most successful learners have in common is the ability to memorise easily and effectively. Experience shows that children with well-developed memory skills tend to find learning easier. They focus well in school and as a result are often more likely to succeed academically.

So with that in mind, here’s our top five memory games for kids aged from 3-6 years, including one downloadable set of game cards for you to print out and keep.

1. Matching pairs

First, print the cards and cut them out (laminating them will help them last longer). Then mix them up and spread them out across the table, face down. Each player tries to find a matching pair by turning up two cards. If the cards don’t match, they are placed face down again in the same place.

If they do match, the player keeps the pair and takes another turn. When all the pairs have been found, the players count theirs up – and the one with the most is the winner.

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What’s the benefit?

It takes a lot of concentration for a young child to watch and remember where each card is – making it a great way to train up their memory. Using a standard pack of cards instead of picture cards has the added benefit of reinforcing number learning too!

2. The tray game

All you need for this one is a tray filled with objects you’ve found around the house, along with some pen and paper for each child. Once they’re ready, put the tray in the centre of the table and give them one minute to try and memorise everything on it. When time’s up, remove the tray and ask each child to write down as many objects as they can remember from the tray. The one who remembers the most wins.

What’s the benefit?

This game helps your child develop their visual memory – an important skill for learning to read and spell. Kids with good visual memories will be able to recall words (and the letter order of those words) more accurately.

3. The memory train

This simple game requires no preparation or equipment. The players all sit in a circle. The first player says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed…” and then says which item they packed. The next player then says, “In my basket for the picnic, I packed…” recites what the first player packed, before adding their own item to the basket and so on, until one of the players forgets one of the items – then they’re out!

What’s the benefit?

Kids love repetition and learn effectively when things are repeated over and over again. It’s a challenging game, but you'll be amazed how quickly your little one develops the ability to remember long lists of items.

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4. The magic cup

For this game you need three plastic cups and a small item such as a coin or button. Place the item under a cup, making sure your child knows which one it's under. Move the cups around and ask your child one the item is hidden under. Once they’ve guessed correctly, they can have a turn at moving the magic cups themselves.

What’s the benefit?

This game teaches children to concentrate really hard as they try to follow the cup with the object under it. Concentrating and paying close attention is the first step in developing a strong memory. This is also one of the key skills required for successful learning. Children who can concentrate hard will focus well in lessons in school and won't be easily distracted by other things going on around them.

5. Spot the difference

Ask your child to study you carefully, paying close attention to what you’re wearing. Leave the room and change one thing. You could take off an earring, tie your hair back or change your shirt. Come back in and ask your little one to spot what’s changed. You can also play this game on a whiteboard. Draw a person or scene and rub one thing out when your child’s not looking. Can they spot the difference?

What’s the benefit?

The game helps to build concentration and visual memory skills, as your child will have to form and retain a visual picture of what you looked like before you made a change. Well-developed visual memory skills will help them when it comes to learning to read and write.

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