The Memory Magician

3 - 6 years
Child dressed as magician

Learning to listen and follow multi-step directions are important skills for pre-schoolers. Try this fun game to improve your little one’s comprehension, focus and number sense, and help prepare them for school. Your pre-schooler will have fun practising their listening skills and memory – and bossing people around!

How to play

  1. Start by telling your child, ‘Let’s play the “Memory Magician” game! I am the Memory Magician and you have to do what I say! If you follow my instructions correctly, you’ll be the Memory Magician for a turn. Ready?
  2. Say, ‘I’m the Memory Magician and I want you to… (insert an instruction such as ‘touch your nose’).’
  3. After your child performs the action, say ‘Now you’re the Memory Magician, and you can tell me 2 actions you want me to do…like stomp your feet and clap your hands!
  4. Encourage your child to repeat the words ‘I’m the Memory Magician and I want you to…’ followed by two simple instructions. Try using your fingers to help your child keep track of the number of instructions they have to give.
  5. Keep taking turns, increasing the number of instructions on each turn. See how many instructions you and your child can remember and complete!

Note: If there are more than 2 players, continue the game as above, allowing each person to have a turn being the Memory Magician.

This game is a great opportunity to talk to your child about ‘whole body listening’ – that is, when the Memory Magician is talking, you have to look them in the eyes and pay full attention. This will help prepare your little one for classroom learning.

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Last modified
1 August 2019