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Auditory Memory Games for Kids

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author image Barbara Dunlap
Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.
Auditory Memory Games for Kids
A mother and daughter are playing a video game together. Photo Credit Andersen Ross/Blend Images/Getty Images

Overview

Those with weak auditory memory struggle to absorb and recall information they hear. Children with this problem often have a hard time learning, educational therapist Addie Cusimano writes for the Audiblox website. Parents and teachers can play games to help kids improve their auditory memory, but professional help may be necessary for severe cases.

Get the Rhythm

Clap a pattern and have your child repeat it, suggests Homeschool Diner, a website for families homeschooling children. Make it simple at first, such as one slow clap, two fast ones and one slow one. When the child masters easy patterns, increase the complexity of the rhythm and the loudness of the claps. For an entertaining twist, let your child become the teacher and make up the patterns for you to duplicate.

Give the Orders

Play a game of commands to increase your child's concentration and memory. You can play with one youngster or include several, psychologist Daniel Moore, writes for the website Your Family Clinic. Start with three or four instructions for one child, such as, "Stand up, get a pencil, write your name on the paper and draw a happy face." As the child advances, add instructions or make them more complex.

Read and Remember

Read a simple story to your youngster. At the conclusion, ask questions about it, starting with easy ones such as "Who wanted to eat the three little pigs?" If the answers come easily to your child, add more difficult questions, such as, "How did the wolf destroy the house of straw?"

Simon Says

Play the classic kids game Simon Says. When the leader calls out an instruction, such as "Touch your nose," the players are supposed to follow the instruction only when it's accompanied by the words "Simon says." If a child with weak auditory memory is struggling with the concept, Homeschool Diner recommends you forget the Simon Says part and make it a game of following simple directions. On the other hand, if a child is doing well, increase the complexity of the instructions. You can say, "Simon Says touch your nose with one hand and your mouth with the other hand."

Add to the List

Start a silly list and let your child add to it. You can say, "I'm going to outer space, and I'm going to bring a broom." Your child says, "I'm going to outer space, and I'm going to bring a broom and an apple." Each player repeats the list and adds an item. Some people play the game by adding items in alphabetical order, so the first thing could be an apple, the second one a broom, the third a cat, and so on.

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