In humans, from the first breath of life, the opportunity to think back or to develop memory begins.

A child’s memory capacity isn’t necessarily the size of their memory, but rather What children can do with their memory.

Very young children can recall memories with particular details; however, for memories to become child’s life story and real, they need to develop a sense of self and personal identity, which usually comes after around 1 ½ or 2 years of age.

The early childhood period viz. from birth to 8 years is important in building and acquiring the development of memory.

Memory development not only takes us back to experiences, but it is a complex cognitive ability that is important in several aspects of:

  • Thinking and learning

  • Language and literacy

  • Planning

  • Following directions

  • Problem-solving

  • Reflecting

  • Imagining

  • The overall ability to form a positive sense of self

Following games can help to boost your child’s memory

Block puzzle/ puzzle game

  • Ask your child or a group of children to complete the puzzle and memorise where each piece should go.

  • You can play with your child and challenge to complete the puzzle as fast as they can.


  • Place all cards face down.

  • Each player (you and your child and their friends) pick two and turns them over so everyone can see the face and where the card is located on the table.

  • If they do not match, cards to be put face down again in the same location and the next player takes a turn.

  • If they do match, the player keeps the pair.

  • As the game continues, everyone sees the images on each card and their location and players can start memorising where the matching cards are on the table.


  • This is similar to visualisation, but you have to remember several things.

  • Suppose you want to buy certain things from the market and need to remember a list of things.

  • You can share this list with your child and ask them to remember it.

  • Suppose the list contains eggs, bread, milk, etc. You can help your child to learn them 'chain' them together in a funny way.

  • E.g., How about "a picture of a dog eating eggs and bread and drinking milk"!

Coin game

  • Have a handful of coins, a cloth, a timer or a watch

  • Select 5 coins from the pile and place it in a certain sequence. For example, line up two 50 paise coins, a 1 rupee, 2 rupees and 5 rupees coin.

  • Ask your child to look at the coins and then cover them with a cloth.

  • Ask them to now pick up coins from the pile and arrange them in the same order as what was shown.

  • Use the timer to time. If your child completes the sequence in the stipulated time, he/ she wins.

Magic cup game

  • Have three paper cups and a coin

  • Invert these cups and place them in a line.

  • Keep coin under any one of the cups, making sure your child knows which cup it is under.

  • Move the cups around for a while, stop and put them back in line. Ask your child which cup the coin is under.


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