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Have Fun Improving Your Child’s Memory

by Janet Tubbs

As human beings, we all have the ability to imagine. When children learn how to use their imagination, they are also enhancing the ability to make decisions and solve problems.

Great athletes “see” every motion and move before they hit the ball, run the race, jump the bar or throw the discus. They know exactly what they hope to attain and their imagination takes them step-by-step through the process to success.

When children learn that they are in charge of their thinking and creative abilities, they are less vulnerable to peer pressure because they can imagine what is involved and the eventual outcome. They learn mental discrimination, which is something that can’t be taught.

You can have fun while you encourage your child to use imagination. Here are a couple of exercises to help boys and girls improve their memory and sensory skills.

1. Ask children to close their
eyes and:

• Name five things in the room.

• Describe what is behind them on the wall.

• Describe what is behind you on the wall.

• Name how many plants are in the room.

• Tell whether the front door opens to the left or right.

• Decipher if anything has been changed or if anything is missing.

2. Ask them to close their eyes
and imagine they can hear:

• A baby crying

• A dog barking

• A siren

• Brakes screeching

• A car horn

• The music of their favorite TV show

• The dismissal bell in school.

3. To improve memory ask them to
close their eyes and tell you:

• The color shirt you have on

• The color socks they have on

• The color of the door to the room

• The color of the drapes

• The color of the rug

• The color of their bedroom walls

• What they had for lunch yesterday

• The color of your eyes.

This exercise encourages children to be more observant and as a result, they are able to recall from memory what they have seen, heard and experienced.

Playing games, using puppets and other art forms builds imagination too. These activities also are excellent ways of conveying messages without appearing to be teaching a lesson. Using these exercises will help kids develop their ability to memorize material. They’ll be surprised it’s so easy!

Janet Tubbs is an author and educational therapist.