Memory Building Activities
Every day, a child’s memory is challenged by the need to remember words, formula, facts and various lists. Here are some quick and easy memory-building activities and games that will help children throughout their life.
Match up activities develop very important memory skills in children. In this game, children are required to match the pictures of different objects which are identical or same in every aspect.
Visual Memory is the ability to remember the characteristics of the given objects for immediate recall. Show a picture and say; Look at the picture for one minute and try to remember everything you can about the picture. After one minute, hide the picture and ask the child to name the things which he/she has seen. Memory Building Activities
In this activity, give 20 seconds to the children to look at the picture and ask them to try to remember the order of the objects in the picture. Then ask simple question about their positions.
It allows children to see the differences between two pictures that are similar. Good Visual discrimination skills prevent them from getting confused.
It is easier to remember an image than a list of words. By creating an image out of a list, it can be easily memorised. Choose a list of facts/objects from a set of quiz cards, or a game about a country, and see how you can create a visual out of it. For example, take this list to be memorised.
Car, Elephant, Book, Pen, Umbrella, Plate, Chair
Try to visualise a small car with a large elephant sitting on it. The elephant is holding a large pen, with a book balanced on the top of the pen. The elephant is holding a giant, green umbrella on which there is a chair with a plate on it.
Visualising processes in science and details in history can also help to remember them for a long time. Practice turning every lesson into a visual one with your child. This will gradually become their habit.
An acronym is made out of the combination of first letter of several words. The popular acronym VIBGYOR helps us remember the colours of the rainbow. We can easily create our own acronyms to remember different lists. Pick up a game kit with objects, fruits or vegetables to help make a list. Check out this list of fruits:
Orange, Pineapple, Apple, Banana, Mango, Guava
Children can try rearranging the list to make an acronym that sounds good for example, BAMGOP, POMGAB or BOMGAP.
Hum a Tune
It’s simple to remember a song or tune. Children and even adults memorise songs easily than paragraphs. When there’s a list or important sentences to be memorised, try putting them into the tune of a song you know very well. Try ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ or ‘Happy Birthday.’ It may take awhile to fit in the words perfectly. You can experiment with several tunes till you get one that fits well. You can sing it together with the child several times, and you’ll find that the words have already been memorised. It’s fun to do. Pick up a Maths Kit that has different shapes and try this simple one:
Tune of “Happy Birthday”
“Triangles have three sides
Rectangles have four sides
Yes, squares also have four sides
But they are all the same.”
The key is to work with children while you try to fit the words into a song. This will help them to try to do the same, and it could soon become a habit. If your child’s classmates or friends visit often, you can include them as well. They’ll learn the lines even better when they have friends with them. You can even use instruments while you try out the tunes.
So, go ahead, use your creativity and get children to have lots of fun memorising stuff. The need to remember things never ends. These techniques will help them for many years to come!