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Thinking about things and remembering things is usually easy for children - they have excellent memories! By the age of 3, there are trillions of of connections that are forming the brain. By doing activities and games with your children it can help in the formation of those connections.
Try these activities to see how good they are are remembering names and places.
- ... is the neighbour's car?
- ... is Granny's front door?
- ... is Daddy's coat?
- ... is the nursery fence?
Take 5 things...
- Put 5 objects on a tray. Take one away and see if your child can spot what's gone?
- Choose 5 ingredients (a carrot, potato, leek, pepper etc) and put them in a sauce pan. Put the lid on and pretend to cook it Then try to recall what when in!
Go to the shops...
- Play the memory game "I went to the shops...". Name an item you each bought as you take a turn and try to recall all the items as you go. You could choose alphabetical things to make it easier!
My name is... and I like to...
- Simply state your names in turn and tell the others what you like to do. It may be true or made up! See how many things you can remember.
I Went on holiday and I took...
- Choose items in turn that you took on holiday and see how many you can recall.
Games of this sort are all great to get children thinking and getting them used to recalling information. It's a great way to see how well they are learning.