The summer holidays are charging towards us…
There’s no doubt the children are switching off at school and the teachers winding down. Now’s the time for playing games with my students – but I’m not ready to abandon their learning completely. That’s why I have pulled out some fun games from my resource cupboard that are also educational.
This week I’ve been targeting short term memory issues.
“Short-term memory weakness is one of the eight causes of reading difficulty.”
A lot of children with dyslexia have short-term memory difficulties. A poor short-term memory can result in poor organisational skills. Short-term memory difficulties can also be an underlying cause of poor reading and spelling. Any game that targets memory is going to be beneficial to a child who has a poor short-term memory.
Here’s my top 4 Games to Improve Your Dyslexic Child’s Short-Term Memory – and still have fun!
The Wooden Memory Game (I know, not the catchiest of names!) involves trying to remember the location of different coloured pegs on a wooden board.
It can be played with 2 -4 players and it’s suitable for any age.
It’s a deceptively simple game – but effective. Well-made, simple to play and good fun!
Get the Wooden Memory Game here!
A variation on a classic memory game, it involves finding matching pairs of children from around the world.
Beautiful colours printed on good quality board – although some of the pictures are a bit stereotypical!
EeBoo also have other versions of this game which your child may like – the Life on Earth game from the same company is on my Wish List!
Get I Never Forget a Face here!
This is a game more suitable for the under 7’s – it could be good to pop in the car on a long journey as there are no small pieces to get lost.
The idea is to flip the wooden windows to locate matching pairs of objects. The game can be varied by slotting in different cards with different themes.
Another beautifully made wooden game!
Get Flip to Win Travel Game here!
The hit of the summer! This beautifully-crafted wooden game seems to appeal to girls, boys, 5 year olds as well as 14 year olds.
It’s a bit more expensive than the others but well worth the money.
Throw the dice and then find which penguin is hiding eggs that match the colours on the dice. Lots of fun!
Buy Pengoloo here!
You are either looking forward to having your children home for the next 6 weeks, or you’re dreading it (or a mixture of the two)! If you are looking for something to keep your children occupied on a rainy day (with the added bonus of improving short-term memory skills), these games could be for you!
Have you found a good game to help short-term memory?