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
- 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?’
- Say, ‘I’m the Memory Magician and I want you to… (insert an instruction such as ‘touch your nose’).’
- 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!’
- 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.
- 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.