Good visual and memory skills can help your child be successful in school. You can help improve these skills with a simple, fun activity that takes about ten to twenty minutes. This game can be played on a flat surface at home, such as a tabletop, floor, or bed. With summer here, you can also play this game on a blanket at the beach, or pool!
To do this activity you will need:
- An assortment of small household items. For example, pencil, eraser, marker, small toy, hairbrush, shoe, slipper, etc.
- If you are at the beach or pool you can use items from your beach bag. For example, a shovel, pail, lotion tube, flip-flop, sand toy, book etc.
How to play:
- Select a few items and lay them on the flat surface. For younger children, age three to four, start with no more than four items. Increase the items as your child’s memory gets sharper. For older children, age five to seven, start with six items and build up to more.
- Once your items are on a flat surface, let your child carefully study them for a minute. Tell your child to turn their back, and close their eyes.
- Take away one of the items, and hide it behind you.
- See if your child can guess what’s missing!
- As your child’s memory gets better, increase the difficulty. Take away two items, then three or more.
- Have a turn yourself, and let your child trick you!
Simple activities like these can increase your child’s ability to focus and pay attention to detail.