Brain Games to Boost Memory Skills and Promote Our Children’s Success
Memory is the foundation of a successful life for your child. Every day, our children need to remember countless information such as how to tie their shoes and how to get home from school. Working memory is also important for children to learn how to read better, solve maths problems, and ultimately pass their GCSEs. However, research is showing that children today have an attention span and working memory worse than a goldfish. With a huge reliance on technology, our children no longer have the need to remember most things and therefore, are decreasing their ability to maintain information in their heads.
There’s good news though. Memory isn’t static and therefore we can train our brains to process and retain more information. Check out some of these brain games that you and your child can do to help them in school and ultimately help them become successful adults.
Memory Games for Primary School Students
Children start to develop their memories between the ages of 12 and 24 months. From here, your child’s cognitive development will bloom. However, you can help strengthen their memory skills by working on some of these brain games:
- The Missing Objects Game:
Place ten items on a table in front of you and have your child remember everything. Tell them to close their eyes and remove three things. Then ask your child to open their eyes and try to figure out what is missing.
- Sing Songs and Play the Rhyming Game:
Rhyming can help children learn memorization skills. It can help them learn complicated things easier and can also create a foundation for children to develop learning devices later in life.
- The Memory Train:
This game starts with the statement, “I am going on a vacation and I am packing my suitcase. I am taking my…” Then each person playing the game repeats what the people before him added in their suitcase and then adds a new one.
Brain Boosters for Secondary School Students
The highest stages of brain development occur around 13-14 years old and therefore it is important that teenagers constantly work their memory to create a foundation for the rest of their life.
Check out some of these activities that are good for your teenager’s brain and memory development.
- Video Games:
A study found that video game players perform 20 percent better on cognitive tests than non-video game players. This is because games can help to improve your concentration, increase people’s ability to solve problems, multitask, and encode information in a fun and engaging way.
- The Logo Game:
This game has been transformed into many different apps for your phone. However, the premise is that your child is shown different logos and must reach back into their memory to identify the company or brand. This increases long-term memory as well as memory recall.
- The Actor Association Game:
A fun and interesting game that increases memory is the actor association game. To play this, you start with a famous actor. Then, your teenager must name an actor or actress that has performed with that actor in a movie or television show. You go back and forth until someone repeats an actor or can’t add another to the list.
Expanding your mind and increasing your child’s memory skills can be fun. With these games, you can use entertainment and leisure to encourage your children to stay on the top of their mind.
Jane Watkins is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for both digital and print across a wide variety of fields. Her main interest is exploring how people can improve their health and well being in their everyday life. And when she isn’t writing, Jane can often be found with her nose in a good book, at the gym or just spending quality time with her family.