I was literally shocked when my 2-year-old son scrabbled with crayons on the table. As just a few days ago I have gone through the same condition and strictly told him that table is not meant for coloring. We both cleaned it and at that time I thought he must have understood it.
Either he forgot or maybe playing to irritate me. If he had forgotten, then this condition is normal in toddlers as they might be impulsive or because their memory is not fully developed. But if this is the condition with young kids or in teenagers, this is something serious.
If your kid is also suffering from the similar condition, then its time to take action. Below I have listed some techniques that you can use on your kids to boost their memory power.
Work on Visual Skills
Visualization skill works on the mind by creating an image in your mind of what are you thinking. For this, ask your child to develop a picture of what he just heard or read. For instance, you asked your kid to arrange the chairs for six people. It’s obvious that immediately he must have started picturing the arrangement in his mind.
If the visualization skill is weak, he will take time to respond or he might look confused. But practicing this skill on regular basis with new tasks every time will help him to improve his skill.
Tell them to teach you
Teaching or explaining any skill or topic makes your sense of informing more active and you try to recall and explain what all you learned and know about that skill. This trick of teaching skills will help your kids to improve memory. Ask your child to teach you any new skill he learns recently.
For example, if he is learning how to dribble a ball in basketball then ask him to teach you the same. This will make him feel superior and while teaching you he will explore his brain more to recall all that he learned and how his coach taught him.
Suggest them to play puzzle games
Puzzle games ignite your mind to think and create a visual image that helps you to solve it. Puzzle games are one of the best options to improve your working memory. Give your kid some exciting puzzles and let them solve it on their own. Also, you can give them a newspaper page and ask them to circle out all “the” words on the page in 60 seconds. This will make them use their visual skill and memory to find the word.
Make them play cards
There are some card games such as Uno, Crazy Eights, War and Go Fish that can help your child to improve their memory in two simple ways. Firstly, he will have to keep in his mind, the rules of the game and secondly he will need to remember that which cards other have played and which one he has.
Encourage them for Active Reading
Do you know why these days sticky notes and highlighters are so much popular? Surely you will say to make important things remember and recall. Same is with kids, ask your kids to use these instruments while they are reading their course book or something important they got known recently. This will help them to frequently remember those important notes and they will be able to recall it easily whenever they need it.
Break information into small bites
You must have noticed that hyphens are used in writing social security numbers and phone numbers. This is because of a psychological reason, it is quite easy to remember numbers in a small group rather than in long string. Similarly, ask your kids to break the information or data they need to learn. This will help them to remember it easily and recall it faster.
Make it multisensory
Don’t get confused with multisensory as it is not at all related to multitasking. Multisensory means performing a task in various different ways possible. This helps your long-term memory and working memory keep working. Perform this with your kids, give them a task and ask them to find out all possible ways in which they can perform it. This will not only boost their working memory rather it will also help to empower their long-term memory.
Ask them to make Connections
Making connections between the information you want to remember helps you to store it in your mind for a longer period and you can recall it whenever you need. For an example, if your kid isn’t able to remember the colors of the rainbow, ask them to form a name with the digits of those colors name. Such as, the first digit of all seven colors make it vibgyor, if it’s still hard to remember, you can turn it down to Roy G Biv.
These memory boosting techniques are just a part of various ways to enhance memory power in your child. If performing these tricks don’t work to improve your kids working memory than it better to consult a doctor or you may also check out some supplement for memory enhancement to help your kids raise brain power.