Test your memory
For ages 5 – 8 years
This is a detection and memory game that challenges your child to identify what’s missing. They are learning concentration, memory, prediction, thinking and language skills.
What do I need?
- Cloth – such as a scarf or tea towel
- Assortment of small objects – such as a piece of Lego, a shell, small toy, bottle top, pencil, rock, bead, pine cone, spoon.
How do I do it?
- Put 5 to 6 items on a tray.
- Ask your child to look carefully at the items and try to remember what’s there.
- Cover the tray with the cloth and, without your child seeing, take away one of the objects.
- Remove the cloth, and ask your child what’s missing.
- If they can’t get it straight away, you might need to give them a hint.
- Replace the item and play again.
Variations of the game
Once you have had fun with that version, there are plenty more things to try.
- With the objects still covered, ask your child to recall as many objects as they can.
- Move an object to a different place on the tray and ask your child what has moved.
- Add something new each day to extend the challenge.
- Use the tray and objects for recognising colour and counting.“How many yellow objects were on the tray?”
No-one knows your child better than you. So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.