Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids

Looking for a fun way to improve your child’s memory power and concentration? Here is a list of the top 10 memory games for kids.

By Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Memory games improve concentration and increase memory power

"My daughter did study well; but she seems to have forgotten the answers to a couple of questions. If only she had remembered it …," – are you a parent who says this often? Well, here are some simple ways to help improve your child’s memory so that she can easily recollect what she studies.

Top 10 memory games for students

Generally, when it comes to helping improve children’s memory it’s all about memory food, memory tricks for study, memory tips for recall, and so on. But, here’s something with a difference – fun memory games. Here is a list of the top 10 memory games for children:

  1. Picture recall challenge
  2. Sorting game
  3. Poetry fun
  4. Cacophony time
  5. Hide and seek
  6. Playing the guide
  7. Word chain
  8. Photographic memory
  9. Backward spell
  10. Matching pairs

Note: All games are suitable for ages 6-18. The difficulty level of each game can be varied based on the child’s age.

Memory boosting games for your child

These brain training games are super fun and exciting for all age-groups, and offer quite a few benefits. They help the brain stay alert, improve concentration and increase memory power. On the whole, they aid cognitive development. And, unlike chess and other board games, which are of a longer duration, these games can be completed quickly. So, let’s get started. Here’s to fun and some healthy exercise for the brain.

1. Picture recall challenge

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Recall all the pictures seen in the image

What you need:

  • A pen
  • A piece of paper
  • A picture with images of people or multiple objects in it

How to play:

Let your child look at a picture (say, a scenery) for 10 seconds. Then, let her recall all the people or objects she saw in the picture and write them down. Once she has completed, check her list with the picture to see how many she was able to recollect.

2. Sorting game

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Rearrange the cards

What you need:

  • A set of cards

How to play:

Arrange a set of cards in a particular order facing up. Let your child look at them for a few seconds. Then, shuffle up the cards and ask him to re-arrange in the same order that you had placed them. See how closely the order matches with yours.

3. Poetry fun

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Re-arrange the lines to get the complete poem

What you need:

  • A pen
  • Some pieces of paper

How to play:

Ask your child to memorise a poem. Next, write down the lines of the poem on separate slips of paper. Shuffle them up. Ask your child to re-arrange the lines to get the complete poem.


Some fun word games for your child

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4. Cacophony time

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Write down all the sounds heard

What you need:

  • An audio player
  • A pen
  • A sheet of paper

How to play:

Audio-tape various sounds (car horn’s blare, sparrow’s chirp, gong of church bells, water gushing from tap, etc.) and play it to your child. Let him listen to it first. Then, once the tape stops playing, let him write down all the sounds that he heard. Check how many he got right.

5. Hide and seek

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Write down the names of all the objects seen on the table

What you need:

  • Several random objects
  • A towel
  • A pen
  • A sheet of paper

How to play:

Place some objects on a table. You can have a wide range – pen, note-book, crayons, bottle, vegetables, bowl, and so on. Ask your child to look at the objects for 30 seconds. Then place a towel over the objects so that she is unable to see them. Now, ask her to write down the names of all the objects she saw on the table.

6. Playing the guide

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Ask your child to locate the landmarks

How to play:

Take your child on a ride to a place he hasn’t been to yet. As you proceed to the place, ask your child to memorise the landmarks. On your way back, ask your child to locate the landmarks and guide you.

7. Word chain

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Form a word chain

How to play:

This can serve as a simple party game. Start the game with a sentence – "I like ice cream." The first child should then say, "I like ice cream and bananas." The second child should say, "I like ice cream, bananas and waffles." This should continue with each child adding one more to the list, until one of them forgets some items in the list.

8. Photographic memory

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Ask your child to recall people from the album

What you need:

  • An old family album

How to play:

Flip through an old family album with your child. As you look at each photograph, tell her the names of people and how they are related to her. You can narrate humorous anecdotes and interesting incidents as you flip through the pages. Once you’re through, close the album and ask your child some fun questions to help her recall the people you pointed out to her. For example, "What’s the name of the grandma who kept searching for her glasses while she was wearing it all along?"

9. Backward spell

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Spell the words correctly backwards

What you need:

  • A chart with a list of words in it

How to play:

Display a list of words to your child on a chart. Let him look at the words for a few seconds. Then roll up the chart. Now let him recollect the words and spell them correctly backwards. For example, for the word 'station', he will have to spell – N O I T A T S.

10. Matching pairs

Top 10 Memory Games For Your Kids
Pick a matching card

What you need:

A deck of playing cards

How to play:

Place a deck of playing cards facing down on a table. The task would be to find a pair that matches (for example, two 10s, two 7s, etc.). If the pair doesn’t match, the player will have to put back the cards face down in their respective places. All players should remember where the particular cards have been placed so that when their turn comes, they can pick a matching card easily.

About the author:

Written by Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj, PhD (Eng & Edu) on 7 August 2017; updated on 20 February 2020

The author is an educationist, language specialist and writer. In a career spanning over two decades, she has taught from preschool to B-School and trained teachers, master trainers and software professionals. She is also a former member of curriculum and syllabus development committees (Govt of Tamil Nadu). Her passion for the written word matches her enthusiasm for entertaining little kids by breaking out into nursery rhymes.

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