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Remember Together!

Help your child remember her day and create a story.

Materials

  • Plain paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. With your child, go for a walk around your neighborhood and encourage her to point out something memorable that she sees and label it, such as a cute dog or large truck. Help her add a descriptive vocabulary word to help her remember the object.
  2. Encourage her to point out a second memorable thing and say both things out loud, “First I saw a brown puppy. Then I saw a big red truck.”
  3. Encourage her to point out a third and final memorable thing and say all three things out loud. Help her remember the details of the things she saw and give clues if she forgets any of them.
  4. Once you’re home, ask your child about the first thing that she saw and have her draw a picture of it.
  5. Have her create the second and third page with the other things she remembers seeing.
  6. Create a cover for your story by choosing a title such as ‘My Day’ or ‘Things I See’ and encouraging your child to decorate the page. Help your child write his name on the cover.
  7. Stack the pages and punch three holes along the left side.
  8. Cut three pieces of yarn, thread each one through a hole, and tie bows with double knots. You’re book is ready!
  9. Ask your child to “read” the book to you using the picture clues to remember the different things that she saw today.

Talk About It

You can help your child strengthen memory skills by encouraging her to remember details of her day. Ask her to tell you something that happened and then ask follow up questions to get her to remember more details about things such as what they sounded like or their color. Use sentence starters such as "First," "Then," "Next," and "Finally" to help her talk about her day as if it were a story.

Take It Further

Play a new version of 'I Spy' together where you take turns seeing things in the room and remembering what you've seen. Start with one item such as "I spy a red block," and then have your child repeat what you said and add another item, "I spy a red block and a green hat." Try to play up to five items.

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