Fun Memory Games for Children to Brush Up Their Intelligence

Memory Games for Children
Playing memory games garners more success in honing children's memorization skills than teaching them the techniques does. The reason being whenever children feel that they are being taught something, their focus dissipates sometimes, and playing games avoids this feeling.
Plentifun Staff
Last Updated: Jul 2, 2018
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Engaging children in games and activities where they get to improve their memory skills and concentration is a wonderful and positive action towards their future. These games are full of fun and perfect not only for the children, but for adults as well.
They can be a perfect recreation activity that has a little bit of educational undertone. You can use playing cards, puzzles, or toys for playing such games.
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Some of the most common games include memory test, concentration, Chinese whispers, word associations, mismatches, and communication. Here is a list of such interesting and thought-provoking games for everyone.

Fun Games for Children
Concentrate, Like There's No Tomorrow
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You can play the concentration game using a deck of 52 playing cards. Match up the pairs by memorizing the location of each card.
Let's Test Your Memory
The memory test can be played with a single child or a group of kids using a pen and a paper. Arrange a tray with a selection of 5 - 20 common objects, such as pencil, key, spoon, button, coin, etc. Cover this tray with a cloth before you bring it in the room. Let the kids have a view of the objects for 1 - 2 minutes and then cover it again.
Ask the children to write down the list of objects that they have seen. A child writing the longest list from his/her memory is declared winner of the game. When you are playing individually, you can change the game by removing one object and asking the child to identify which object is removed.
Chinese Whispers
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The kids are asked to sit in a line or a circle so that they can whisper a word or phrase to their neighbor. The first player is given a short phrase that he/she whispers to the next in a low voice. The neighbor then passes the message through the whispers.
The game continues until the message is announced by the last player. The message received by the final player is often quite different from the original message. This game has no objective and no winner. It offers a good exercise to judge the memory, listening capacity, and power of gossip.
Exchange of Associated Words
Word association is somewhat similar to Chinese Whispers, but spoken aloud. The children are asked to sit in a circle. The first child starts by saying any sentence in the story. The next child repeats the sentence and adds some information to that sentence.
In this way, the kids continue to memorise the previous sentences and build up a story with their additions. This game can be altered by working through the matching items or alphabets to the first letter to each child's name. This game not only improves the memory, but also encourages the child to be creative in story-telling.
Mismatched Objects
Divide a small group of kids into two teams. One team goes out of room, while the other team does the mismatching by changing the objects in that room.
After 3 minutes, the first team is allowed to enter the room. They are given one minute to spot the mismatches. The points are given on the basis of identification of mismatches. The team having the highest score is declared the winner.
Communication is the Key
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You can choose to play this game indoors or outdoors. It tests their listening and communicating skills. The children are given a plastic container, filled with exactly the same Lego blocks. They are allowed to sit back-to-back; one is named a caller and the other is a listener.
The caller explains the listener about how to put together the pieces. The listener makes sure about what he/she has understood. Once all the pieces have been used, the caller and the listener compare the structures to confirm about their communication. This game can also be played with felt and felt board, or paper and pen.
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Memory games offer an opportunity to exercise their brains and help to improve their memory as well as their language and concentration skills.