The Sound Chain
Great for developing listening skills
- Everyone sits in a circle – the more players there are, the more difficult the game will be.
- The first player starts a pattern of finger clicks and/or claps (e.g. two claps and a click).
- The next player must do the same pattern and add another pattern
- The game goes on with each player repeating the entire pattern and adding a new one each time.
- The player makes a mistake is ‘out’ and the last player left wins.
The Shopping Game
Great for long car journeys
- The first player says, “I am going to the shops to buy …” (e.g. to buy some shoes).
- The next player repeats the phrase and adds another item to the list.
- The game continues with each player listing all the items and adding one more each time.
- You can also use different scenarios such as going on a picnic or on holiday.
The Tray Game
Great for visual memory skills
- Place 10-20 random small objects on a tray.
- Give your kids one minute to look at the items, then cover the tray with a blanket.
- Players write down as many things as they can remember.
- You can use things such as pens, different coloured crayons, coins, spoons, keys, toys etc.
4 benefits of memory games
Memory games are a great way to boost different aspects of a child’s development.
- They help kids to learn about strategy
- Memory games force them to think
- They teach them concentration
- These games can boost a child’s awareness and cognition
But the best thing about these games is that everyone can join in and your kids won’t even realise that this fun activity is learning!