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Discover simple matching card games and memory games for kids that can help improve your child’s memory.

Probability is one particular primary resources maths subject that young kids sometimes struggle with. Because you can apply probability in a lot of real-life scenarios, it is a fun mathematical concept to teach young children. You can use numeracy toys, learning kits, and free resources to simplify a variety of maths concepts to your child, and give them a head-start for when they start school.

Memory games for kids

Memory games for kids help improve their attention span, concentration, and cognitive skills, thereby making it easier for them to learn. Helping toddlers to recollect what they learn enables them to excel in various aspects of life. Memory games for kids are also a great way to bond with your child while improving their ability to retain and recall information.

One of the best and time-tested memory games for kids is “Spot the Missing Object”. You can easily play this game with counting toys, such as fruity fun counters. You start by placing the fruits in front of your toddler and helping them to name the fruits. You then describe each fruit together, discussing its colour, shape, and, if they have eaten it before, its taste. Explain to your child that they will be playing a game where, one at a time, the fruits will go missing.

Once you have completed this process, you should hide one of the fruits while your child has their eyes closed. You then ask them to open their eyes and try to identify what the missing fruit is. If they have problems remembering, prompt them with descriptive words they used to describe the object, such as its colour or shape. Continue removing fruits and playing until none of them is left, and then ask if they can recall each fruit that was used to play the memory building game. You can make this game more exciting by playing it using different objects.

Another example of great memory games for kids is the “picture recall challenge”. Let your child look at a phonics worksheet for 10 seconds. Then, let them try to recall all the objects they saw in the picture. Instead of writing the names of the objects on the spaces provided on the worksheet, they can write them down on a separate area. Once they have written everything, check their list with the picture to see how many they were able to recollect.

Matching games for kids

If your child is just about to or has already started preschool, you can use matching games for kids to introduce early reading and math concepts like number recognition, counting, and matching objects by colour and shape. These games help teach children and reinforce the skills your child will need in the year ahead.

Numeracy toys, like the number pictures, will allow preschoolers to demonstrate their knowledge of numbers one to ten. First, they will determine how many objects each box contains, and then assign the correct numeral. Such number toys are an excellent way for children to practice their early maths skills and improve their grasp of how numbers are related to quantities.

The matching pairs game is also an excellent exercise to improve your kid’s memory and concentration. All you need to start a simple game is four pairs of matching cards placed face down on a tabletop. The task would be to pick one card at a time and find a pair that has the same colour pictures.  Your child should open a card and describe what they see and the object’s colour. They then should try to remember where they have placed the particular cards so that when they can pick a matching card easily the next time.

For very young children, you can start by placing the cards face down and the boards facing up. Have your child flip over one card from the stack, and find its match from the lotto boards. You can keep your child more engaged by giving them lots of praise when they match a pair. The game continues until your toddler has found all the matches. After they master the simple version of the game, they can then graduate to the more traditional version.

You can also use this game as a way to sneak in vocabulary and pronunciation. You should say the words on the cards as many times as possible, and ask your child to do the same. Spending just a few minutes a day playing this game can greatly improve your child’s memory, vocabulary, and early reading skills.

Probability worksheets

The first step to teaching your child about probability is to explain that it describes the likelihood of something to happen. You can then teach them to say or write a sentence with probability words, such as always, sometimes, or never.

After they can understand the basics, think of something that you can try to predict together. You then have to explain the different ways that event can happen at a time, against the total number of ways it can happen. For example, when randomly choosing counting toys, you can only pick one at a time. However, there are four different colours, so, the probability of picking a green one is 24/96, or 1/4.

You can use probability worksheets to prepare your kids for a solid understanding of statistics. These worksheets help children to get comfortable with presenting their work in a written format. They also offer parents the chance to provide feedback on mistakes or work that has been done well.