14 games to exercise your child's memory
For all those situations in which the only answer is "I do not remember" Laziness or lack of memory? As part of their education, we need to work on some of the children's difficulties such as memory loss. By working on these shortcomings, we will be able to avoid future school problems. We have to face what is observed, deepen and channel it.
Laziness or lack of memory?
According to Mª Pilar Martín Lobo, PhD in Psychology. Director of the Institute of Neuropsychology and Education and Member of the Scientific Committee of the Internet Pedagogical Forum, experience has shown that any problem of laziness contains some causes that we must discover. When your child does not remember where he left something or did his homework or not, he may need help. The first thing is distinguish if it is a memory problem or, most often, a matter of concentration, attention, laziness or lack of motivation by parents and teachers.
We must start from the basis that each child is different and therefore, there are some who record better what they see and easily remember what they hear while others require multimodal information (auditory, visual and tactile), to assimilate new concepts. Several factors influence the development of our children's memory: watching too much television; not having long conversations with them, not having contact with grandparents .. and, of course, the attitude of parents is fundamental.
Games to exercise the memory of children
Although your child will develop naturally and gradually his or her memory skills, whether through the senses, observation, attention or different skills, any help is good. These are some games that will contribute to the development of your memory:
1. Association cards: to develop, above all, his visual memory. First they are shown all face up and then placed face down. The goal is to remember where the two identical cards are.
2. Videos: They love watching cartoon movies, over and over again. It is a good practice, in which we will encourage you to learn the dialogues, the songs, the way of speaking of the characters ... and then ask questions.
3. What was there ?: to develop visual memory. We will place several objects on a table. After a while for you to observe them, we will remove them. The child will have to remember what they were and put them on the table.
4. Visiting:We can take advantage of any visit we make with our son, to turn it into a memory exercise. Try challenging to see who remembers more elements of a room later.
5. Puzzles: very bright colors and few pieces, to stimulate your visual memory. When choosing the pieces that must fit, they must have memorized which part of the drawing is missing.
6. From memory: After watching a picture film, or having read a story with many illustrations, ask him to memorize a drawing about what he has just seen.
7. The game of chess: They are at the ideal age to start, especially after four years. As objectives, they must learn and remember the bases of the game, how the pieces move ... A memory of a more practical type is developed, because not only do they have to repeat, but apply those learned moves, since it is a creative game .
8. Poetry, tongue twisters and riddles: to stimulate the auditory memory since to the mind of our children to retain many elements. We can buy a children's book of rhymes and try poetry contests, or tongue twisters.
9. Simon: suitable for children from 5 years old, this commercial game consists of a device that emits certain sounds and the players have to repeat those sounds in the same order.
10. Learn languages: Taking advantage of the fact that they are in the right sensitive period, the child, with little effort, learns words in another language that they will remember throughout their lives. Our knowledge of English, French, etc., will help our child learn new words *
11. Children's games: For example, the famous "I'm going on a trip and I take a comb and a ...". Each player must repeat what the previous one says and add a new element to the series. You will find many songs that also follow this method of repetition.
12. Children's songs: we should encourage them to learn the songs by heart and to sing them several times. It is a great way to encourage your auditory memory and even practice languages.
13. Children's stories: take advantage that they love that we repeat the same story over and over again. When you know it, try to make an intentional mistake (so that they are the ones who rectify us) and even ask what will happen next, etc.
14. Walks of knowledge and dumb: lThe first ones consist of taking advantage of the trips with our children, both to expand their vocabulary and to exercise their memory. First, we must prepare the trip and prepare a list with seven names of new objects for him. We will repeat it on certain walks, until you learn them. Then, when we point to that object he must tell us the name. The silent walks consist in going out with our son to the park, to the city, etc., without fixed intention. It will be when you return home when we ask you for details of what you have seen.
Tips for parents: how to contribute to your child's memory skills
1. When your child is forgotten or "I do not remember", find out if it is an excuse or a true memory failure. Make him think about the consequences of forgetting something What is it important for the parents or for himself. Demanding is positive, but always avoiding disproportionate reactions.
2. Try to establish order in daily activities. Disorganization usually causes many memory failures.
3. Encourage your children to remember where they left a toy and that is going to rescue it; to read rhymes, songs and stories, and to narrate them with their own words. Also to perform mathematical operations quickly, to assemble puzzles, to participate in board games ...
4. Congratulate your child when he tries hard to remember, although at the beginning it requires some clues on your part.
Advisor: Mª Pilar Martín Lobo. Dr. in Psychology. Director of the Institute of Neuropsychology and Education. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Internet Pedagogical Forum.