With a handful of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks and a few household objects, you can really help your toddler learn through play with these fun and simple memory games. These kinds of games can introduce basic math concepts to children, help them work on problem solving, and develop that kind of important logical thinking they’ll need by the time they start school.
And the best part of little activities like these? While your child thinks they’re just playing a game, they’re really expanding their mind and learning at a rate you’d never believe!
So here are 6 easy games to play!
1. Color matching
We loved this idea from The Imagination Tree! All you need for this super simple game is an egg box, some LEGO DUPLO bricks, colored pens or crayons, and some scrap paper. Draw a grid on scrap paper and ask your child to color each box in (different colors), put it in the egg box lid, then ask them to try and match the LEGO DUPLO bricks to the right color.
Want to make it a bit more challenging? Color a few boxes, show the card to your little one, then hide the card and let them try and recreate the sequence.
2. Build a tower, remember the sequence
3. Tell me a story
Tell your child a story for example, start with “The children finished school and went to the park with their parents”. Ask your child to tell the same story back to you, using LEGO DUPLO people or animals - use whatever you have. This game helps your child understand sequences of actions in a story, but also in a day.
They’re working on their short-term memory and as a bonus, learning about time too!
4. Spot the difference
5. Where is the LEGO DUPLO brick?
6. Find the missing item
This is a really simple game you can play anywhere with your child, as long as you have a couple of LEGO DUPLO pieces with you. Put four items in front of your child and tell them to memorize what they see. Ask them to close their eyes while you take an item away, and see if they can guess which one is missing once they open their eyes. To make it more challenging you can add more items, or re-order the pieces and guess where they were before.
You can even take it in turns and try this yourself… Ready to exercise YOUR memory too?
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