Hop, Frog, Hop!
Do your kids love memory games? Playing Hop, Frog, Hop! will help your child exercise their memory muscles!
Sit with your child while playing the game. You can either work together to try to remember the sequence, or you can take turns; see how many levels your child can achieve, see how many levels you can achieve.
Keep a tally of the levels you and your child achieve, and see if the levels achieved increases over time.
Working memory is broadly defined as the ability to actively hold and manipulate information in mid for a brief period of time (Klinberg, 2010) and has been found to be strongly linked to performance on a wide range of cognitive tasks, including reading, writing, math (Holmes et al, 2009), and self-regulatory behaviour (Diamond, Barnett, Thomas & Munro, 2007).
The evidence linking working memory capacity with the ability to learn, both inside and outside of the classroom, is now extensive (Holmes et al, 2009): If working memory can be improved, so too are the opportunities for learning.
There are many fun activities that you can do at home with your child to improve working memory:
Play, “Follow the Leader”! Start off with three simple instructions. For example, ask your child to get a piece of paper, come sit at the table, and draw a star. Or you can ask your child to touch three different body parts in succession. For example, “touch your nose, then your head, then your toes.” Increase the number of instructions, and see how many instructions your child can remember at once. Take turns being the leader!
Play, “What’s Missing”! Ask your child to select 5 small items from around the house, for example, a coin, a pencil, a book, a toy, and a playing card. Put the items into a pillow case, or a paper bag. Have your child close his/her eyes, and remove an item from the bag. Your child has to guess which item is missing. Gradually increase the number of items in the bag. Take turns!
Make a series of index cards with different number and letter sequences on them, ranging from 3 digits to 8 digits: for example, 5T8, 432P9, etc. Have a stopwatch nearby that you can set to 10 seconds. Take turns choosing an index card from the pile. Set the timer, and turn the card over so you can’t see the number. See how many sequence cards you can each remember. Keep a tally of which cards you both remember.