Memory Activities Can Treat Memory Problems in Children

Memory activities can treat memory problems in children. Teachers can help with remembering and can help parents understand health issues which can cause working memory problems in children.

The brain is really not built for remembering. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It is geared to forget as a defense mechanism whereby we are able to forget traumatic events which happen in our childhood.

So remembering is not a natural thing for children, but the good news is that there are memory activities and games which may be used to rebuild and extend the memory tracks of children.




Memory Games for Children

  • Hide 'n' Wait - At the beginning of class each day, hide an item and let students see where you put it. (I used a red apple paperweight.) Then at the end of class, ask someone to tell you where it is. This game can be easily adapted for home use and is a good activity for parents in improving memory of school aged children.
  • Word Wall Memory Game - Using a pointer or meter stick, the first player points to a word and reads it. He hands the pointer to another person who comes to the wall and must point to and read the first player's word, then point to and read a word of his choosing. He passes the pointer to the next player who must read the previously chosen words in order before choosing his own word, and so on. My kids, both second and sixth graders, absolutely love this game! The teacher may offer help in remembering the words, supplying perhaps one or two words per person, depending on the age of the children.
  • Whose Word Is That? - When working with words on the word wall, ask children if they can remember word they contributed and if they remember who contributed other words on the wall.
  • Word/Number of the Day - Choose one word or number to be the word or number for the day and tell students to listen for it and when they hear it to let you know. Playing a game in teams and awarding points for the first person notifying you each time makes it an even more fun memory activity.
  • What's missing? - Take a word off the wall and see if students can guess which word is missing. At home, parents can remove an object from the child's room and see if she can discover what is missing.


Other Aids to Memory

  • Chewing sugarless gum - Crazy as it seems, the evidence suggests that this improves memory while learning! It's about glucose recovery (glucose is fuel for the brain) and the fact that chewing is a rhythmic activity which establishes a steady beat.

  • Listening to a metronome - Electronic versions may be used in classrooms to quietly tap out a steady beat. You may access one online at Metronome Online or download TempoPerfect, a free software version for your PC which is also available as a free iPhone app through iTunes.
  • Eating breakfast - The importance of breakfast has to do with supplying glucose as fuel for the brain each morning. When the fuel runs out, both memory and focus suffer.
  • Moving after learning - Energizers work (Did you share your favorite one?) and so does spinning after learning.
  • Having fun - Emotion and memory are produced in the same brain region so Learning and Emotion are related.

  • Working together - Cooperative Learning improves memory because talking about the learning takes it from short term to long term memory.

  • Listening to Baroque music.

  • Linking concepts to sights and sounds.


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Health Issues Affecting Memory

Issues of both physical and mental health may impair memory in children. Some of these factors are:

    Stress - Loud arguing, violence, or the presence of drugs or alcohol in the home adversely affect a child's ability to remember.

    Not drinking enough water - The brain is 97% water and does not work properly when a child is not properly hydrated.

    Lack of sleep - Sleep deprivation is an epidemic in this country, and it affects both memory and focus.




Online Memory Games

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