Kids are introduced and taught so many different topics every single day. From new words to new concepts, they are expected to remember everything. As a result, memorising and retaining the information constitutes a very important part of your child’s upbringing. Memory skills are very important in remembering multiplication tables, spellings, the periodic table, historical dates, and much more.

The memory games that we have compiled in the list below are suitable for kids of all ages. Right from three years to ten or eleven, every child would want to participate and win in these games. These memory games help a child’s memory and mental growth to a major extent, and also aids in providing perfect support to their memorising abilities.

Tell Me What’s Missing? 

Easy, yet a very efficient game in helping with your kid’s memory.

How to Play?

  1. Place a few household objects on a table or a tray.
  2. The younger the child, the fewer objects should be placed. If your child is three years old, start by placing three or four objects.
  3. Discuss and explain the name, colour, shape, and uses of the object.
  4. Once satisfied, cover the objects with a towel or cloth. Ask your child to cover his/her eyes.
  5. Remove one object from beneath the towel. Ask your child to then look at the remaining objects and tell what’s missing.


For older kids, place more objects. Let them see those objects for a full minute and then cover them up. Ask them to write and list as many objects as they can remember.

I Bought

The main aim of this game is to make your child remember as many objects as they can.

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How to Play?

  1. The first child starts by saying- I went shopping and bought _. And name an object.
  2. The second kid continues by saying- I went shopping and bought _. Now the second kid will name the object mentioned by the first kid and then name a second object.
  3. This game goes on and on as more objects are mentioned.
  4. The rules include naming the previous objects in the same order they were mentioned properly and adding a new object of your own.
  5. The child who remembers and names all the objects correctly till the end wins.


The game need not revolve around the ‘I went shopping’ theme. Different scenarios can be used.

Word On My Back

This game is enjoyed by people of all ages. It requires the ability to transform physical sensation into a mental image, and then retain those smaller images to form a bigger picture.

How to Play?

  1. The game includes two people. The first is the ‘writer’ and the second ‘guesser’.
  2. The writer uses their finger to write a letter to draw a part of the object.
  3. The guesser guesses the letter. The writer then proceeds to complete the word.
  4.  If answered correctly, the guesser gets a point. The writer then becomes the guesser, and vice versa.
  5. After a few rounds, the one with maximum points is the winner.


Longer words can be used for older kids.

 Numbers and Number String

This game is pretty similar to the ‘I bought’ game. The only difference is here instead of objects, numbers are used.

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How to Play?

  1. The first kid says a one-digit number.
  2. The second kid then repeats the number mentioned by the first kid, and then adds another number of his own.
  3. This is then continued, forming a number string.
  4. The first child to forget a single number is out.
  5. This goes on for a few rounds until the last child remembers every number perfectly.

Recalling Them All 

This challenging memory game is super fun to play!

How to Play?

  1. Show your child a series of words/ pictures of objects.
  2. Cover those words and objects.
  3. Ask them to either spell out those words/objects or draw them on a sheet.
  4. Make sure they name all the objects in proper order.


More and difficult objects/words can be added to the list for older kids.

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Recalling Cards

This game is more effective when played in pairs.

How to Play?

  1. Player one places five cards on the table, (playing cards, word cards, or pictorial cards are allowed).
  2. After player two sees the cards, player one gathers the cards and then shuffles them and places only four cards back.
  3. Player two has to guess which card is missing.
  4. Both the players take turns and earn a point if they remember the card correctly.


These boxes are one of our favourites in this super fun list. Available in various themes, these boxes require the player to figure out the order of the shapes or pieces of the box put together to dismantle or open up the box completely. An object or a secret message is hidden in the innermost compartment for the player to find out.

Memory Cards

This classic and popular memory game is available on a lot of computers. They can also be printed and made by you to aid your kids in learning the positions and object details.

How to Play?

  1. Place a matching pair of cards face down on the table.
  2. Ask your kid to choose any two cards. If both the cards match, then they get another two guesses. If not, the cards are placed in the same position face down.
  3. The next kid gets to guess next.
  4. The memory games work on the kid’s ability to remember where a specific card is placed – both by them and the other player.
  5. The player with the most matched cards wins.


For younger kids, use two pieces of puzzles and ask them to match the pieces that belong to the same puzzle.

Picture Bingo

Unlike the memory cards, this game requires the player to match cards to their baseboard.

How to Play?

  1. Each player selects a particular baseboard.
  2. Pick a card from the faced-down set of cards faced down.
  3. If the card matches their baseboard, they get another guess.
  4. If not, the next player chooses the card.
  5. The player with all the cards that match their baseboard wins.

The Shuffling Cup Games 

This classic game never goes out of style.

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How to Play?

  1. Place three empty plastic glasses upside down on the table.
  2. Show a small household object to your child and place that object beneath a glass.
  3. Shuffle the glass back and forth. Ask your kid to guess which glass contains the object.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try these super fun and exciting memory games with your kid today.


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