Some games and activities for developing stronger Working Memory

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There are lots of different games and activities that are good for stretching working memory. They might focus on listening/auditory memory, visualizing, or combinations of strategies.

Here are some ideas to get you started.
Simon game – the device shows a sequence by lighting up colored sections. Players need to remember the sequence and repeat it by pressing the colored buttons on the game unit. Suitable for 8 years of age and older.
Distraction – players take turns drawing number cards and remembering a sequence of numbers. Draw a Distraction card and you have to answer a question before reciting the numbers in order. Suitable for 8 years of age and older.
Remember 10 with Explorer Ben –  this is a book about a forgetful explorer, Ben. He readies himself for adventures through jungles, caves and deserts. He keeps forgetting things along the way and you’re asked to help him. Different strategies to improve memory are presented. Suitable for 4 to 8 year olds.
Stone Soup board game – this is a game of concentration involving the ingredients of the soup. Each player tries to find pairs of ingredients that can be put in the pot. If you draw a ‘fire-out’ card, you’re one step closer to turning off the stove. Suitable for children 5 years of age and older.
Recallyou place tiles face down on one of the game board scenes, using cues from the picture on the board to recall which object is on each tile. Suitable for children 6 years of age and older.
I packed my suitcase – this is a classic with no materials required. One variation uses letters of the alphabet. The first player thinks of a word beginning with the letter ‘a’ and then says, “I packed my suitcase with an (object starting with the letter ‘a’). The next player repeats the sentence and adds something beginning with ‘b’ and says, “I packed my suitcase with an (object named by the first person) and a (object starting with the letter ‘b’). Continue adding objects in alphabetic order until you can’t remember any more. Suitable for children 4 to 10 years of age.
Chess – a chessboard consists of 64 square spaces in an 8×8 grid. Each space is  identified by a letter-number combination and each game piece has a specific name and specific move they can make. Players need to remember all this plus recognize and respond to move patterns. Suitable for children from 5 years of age and older.
Concentration – this is a card game also know as Memory, Match, and Pairs, which uses any deck of cards (playing card, picture cards) that has matching pairs. The cards are shuffled and then laid face-down. Each player turns up two cards at a time trying to find matching cards. When a matching pair is found, the player removes it and the game continues.

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