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Looking ideas for your kid's brain development? 5 fun, memory-boosting games to play

Boost your child's memory while having fun with these 5 engaging games! From classic memory matching to interactive puzzles, these activities will stimulate your child's brain and provide hours of entertainment.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Published on: May 26, 2024 12:30 IST
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Boosting memory in children doesn't have to be a chore rather it can be a lot of fun! Incorporating some of the fun, memory-boosting games into your child's routine can enhance their cognitive skills while keeping them entertained. Not only do these games improve memory, but they also foster creativity, attention to detail, and the ability to follow instructions. So, gather your materials and start playing, your child's brain will thank you! Here are five engaging games that help enhance memory while keeping kids entertained:

1. Matching Pairs (Memory Game)

This classic game involves a set of cards with pairs of images. The cards are laid face down, and players take turns flipping over two cards at a time to find matching pairs. Not only does this game improve memory, but it also helps with concentration and attention to detail.

How to Play:

  • Use a deck of cards or create your own with pairs of images.
  • Lay all cards face down in a grid.
  • Players take turns flipping over two cards.
  • If the cards match, the player keeps the pair and takes another turn.
  • If they don’t match, the cards are turned back over and the next player takes a turn.
  • The game continues until all pairs are found.

2. Simon Says

Simon Says is a fast-paced game that challenges kids to remember sequences and follow instructions. It can be played with a traditional electronic Simon game or simply as a group activity.

How to Play:

  • One player (Simon) gives instructions to the other players.
  • Instructions must be prefixed with "Simon says..." (e.g., "Simon says touch your nose").
  • Players must only follow instructions that begin with "Simon says."
  • If Simon instructs without saying "Simon says," players should not follow it.
  • Players who follow incorrect instructions are out of the game.
  • The last player remaining wins.

3. I Spy

"I Spy" is a great game for developing observational skills and memory. It can be played anywhere and requires no special equipment.

How to Play:

  • One player chooses an object within sight and says, "I spy with my little eye, something that is [colour or feature]."
  • Other players take turns guessing what the object is.
  • The player who guesses correctly becomes the next "spy."

4. Storey Chain

Storey Chain is a creative game that enhances memory by requiring players to remember and build upon a story. Each player adds a sentence, and the story grows longer and more complex.

How to Play:

  • One player starts the story with a single sentence.
  • Each subsequent player repeats the previous sentences and adds a new one.
  • The game continues until the story becomes too long to remember, or until everyone has had a turn.

5. Kim's Game

Named after a character from Rudyard Kipling’s novel "Kim," this game is excellent for boosting memory and observational skills.

How to Play:

  • Place a variety of small objects on a tray (e.g., a coin, a pencil, a button).
  • Allow the players to study the objects for a set amount of time (e.g., one minute).
  • Cover the tray and have the players write down or recite as many objects as they can remember.
  • The player who remembers the most objects wins.

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