You know that corny old cliché, Practice makes Perfect? Sadly there is a physiological explanation that shows it’s true. When actions are repeated, Myelin is produced in the brain which connects neurons; the more Myelin, the stronger the connection, the better performance.
So if you want to do something easy to help your child’s memory, find a game they like and play a lot. Some suggestions:
- Play card games that require visual memory. Pairs (matching pairs of cards) is particularly good as it uses Working Memory, but other games like Crazy Eights & Uno require players to mentally recall which cards have been played.
- Play Missing item (remember items on a tray and them remove one).
- Give them an item, cover and and ask to describe in as much detail as possible (eg Tell Me Ten Things About…).
- Copying pictures will encourage children to focus on different aspects of the image.
- Spot the Difference games
Words by Dunc Llew.
CEO and Founder of www.elephantwise.uk