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Improve Cognition and Critical Thinking Skills with These Kids Memory Games

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Children love to play games. Games are a great way to pass the time and can also serve as a skill-building activity. Memory games in particular can help children to improve their cognition and critical thinking skills. Whether you focus on matching pictures or recalling images, consider adding these games to your home or classroom.

Because this kids’ memory game set comes with so many options, we think it’s ideal for road trips or even for rainy school days when recess has to be held inside.

This kids’ memory game is probably best for slightly older kids since, to properly match and win the game, kids will need to know the real names of dinosaurs as well as their movie character names.

We like that this kids’ memory game helps to build vocabulary as well as familiarity with popular farm animals. This game is ideal for preschoolers and is rated for kids three and up.

This kids’ memory game reinforces colors, shapes and fine motor skills as children must choose a colorful shape and then select the right ducks that match their pick.

Each colorful tile pair features the letter and an associated animal or object. There are 52 tiles in total with 26 matching pairs for every letter in the alphabet.

Expert Commentary

Memory games provide a great way for kids to understand key concepts both in the classroom and out. These picks are great for kids to play with classmates or siblings and provide classic ways for them to not just have fun while playing a game but also to help them in the learning process.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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