Testing Your Memory with George!

How’s your memory? Not going to lie, I have a pretty terrible memory about some things. I still know all the words to random TV shows from the 90s (get out of my head Fresh Prince!), but other things just fly right out of my head. Then I became a mom, and let me tell you Mom Brain is real! So today’s book speaks to me because it is not only a very cute book, but is about a little boy who is great at remembering — except when he forgets.

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What George Forgot was written by Kathy Wolff and illustrated by Richard Byrne. This brightly colored book follows a little boy named George as he gets ready for school. He walks readers through his morning, checking things off of his to do list. George finally figures out what he thinks he has forgotten, but could there be something he missed? Kids will enjoy laughing at the silly things that George does while he prepares for his day, and they will get a kick out of the funny ending as well. The illustrations are large and vivid, and take readers right into George’s home as he races around.

There are lots of fun ways that you can use this story to help kids practice their morning routine, as well as strengthen their memory skills.

Stretch Your Memory Skills

Memory Game – Do you remember playing Memory as a kid? Create your own version of the game using elements from the story. Print out the game cards and cut them into squares. Spread all of the squares out on a table, facing down. Have kids take turns flipping two cards over and trying to make a pair. Keep playing until all of the cards are used. The person with the most pairs wins!

Test Your Memory – When we were younger, we used to play this memory game at Girl Scout camp and birthday parties. It’s very easy and uses the items you already have in your home. Fill a tray with small random items. Give kids 30 seconds to a minute to look over the tray and try to memorize every detail that they can. Take the tray to another room and remove 1 or 2 items. Bring the tray back and see who can find which items are missing. You can also do this on a larger scale by moving one item in a room and letting them figure out which item was moved.


Using Your Memory to Tell Stories

The Alphabet Game – This infamous road trip game can not only help kids with their memory skills, but also can help with language and creativity. Plus, it can be lots of fun and doesn’t require anything to play! Someone starts the game with a story starter such as “I’m going shopping and I need to pick up an…”. The first person picks something that fits into the blank and starts with the letter A. The next person repeats the story starter and the first person’s answer and adds their own starting with the letter B. You continue adding to the story until you reach the end of the alphabet.

You could change the story starter up to create all sorts of lists.

  • I’m going camping and I need to pack…
  • In my class, the students are named….
  • When we got home from school, the dog had eaten…
  • All I want for Christmas is….

Start the Day Right!

Morning Routine – Routines are so important for kids, and starting the day on the right foot can really affect your day. Take this opportunity to talk to kids about their morning routines. Check out some of these awesome printable routines from some great bloggers and create one for your family. Hang it somewhere they can see it and be reminded what comes next.


1. Sunny Day Family offers these colorful printable checklists which cover an entire week. They remind kids of the steps to their morning routine and also includes a section of things to remember for the week!

2. The Search for Imperfection created these fun printables and shares a tutorial on how to make them into dry erase checklists.

3. Fun With Mama makes the morning routine into a fun sequencing activity. Have kids move the pieces as they complete the tasks.

Getting ready for your day can be a bit overwhelming sometimes, and it can be easy to forget things. Help kids start the day on the right foot and improve their memories with this fun read aloud!




  • Lauren | also known as mama

    September 11, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

    My mom used to throw me the best birthday parties and one of my favorite games was The Test Your Memory Game! I need to try this out with my preschooler!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it! I loved playing it as a kid, even though I wasn’t very good at it!

  • Jenny

    September 11, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply

    This mom brain is no joke! I forget almost everything! I love this morning routine printables! Xoxo

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Right? I can’t believe the things I forget sometimes!

  • Kellie

    September 11, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Great activities 🙂 We are loving a memory game by eeBoo called “I Never Forget a Face.” Check it out! It’s great at teaching diversity as well 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

      That sounds awesome! I will definitely check it out!

  • Amanda Elize

    September 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I love those morning routine printable! I know my little would love to check things off her list as she gets them done! Cute post!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply

      Thanks! I know that having a checklist helps me too!

  • Jessica Peresta

    September 11, 2017 at 3:49 pm Reply

    The morning routine is a must and those printables would come in real handy. Also, we love playing memory games around here!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply

      They’re so much fun!

  • Miranda C Nash

    September 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Having a routine is the ONLY way we remember anything! These are great ideas to add to our activities!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! Checklists are such an important part of my day.

  • Erin

    September 11, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply

    I think the memory game with the special game cards is such a fun game and memory building activity that goes along with the story. Thanks for sharing these resources.

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Thanks! We have a lot of fun with memory games!

  • Michele-KidCongeniality

    September 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

    I used to have the best memory and then Mommy brain hit! It is real! My son forgets everything already. He needs to work on it. He is like George. Cute book and activities.

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

      Right?! Mom brain hit me hard! I hope he checks out the book!

  • Laci Carlson

    September 11, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I have the WORST memory ever i mean i’m to young for this maddness!!! we love playing that game @ our house so fun!

    • Vicki

      September 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

      My memory is getting worse already! Hopefully playing all of these games with my daughter will help!

  • Menaka Bharathi

    September 12, 2017 at 2:09 am Reply

    This is truly useful and I think I should be printing this morning routine for the benefit of my kids too

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      I hope it helps!

  • candy

    September 12, 2017 at 7:29 am Reply

    We still play matching or memory games with our grandchildren. Like some of your ideas and will try them out.

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with them!

  • Sharon Chen

    September 12, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply

    Great tips! I guess adults can also use these, too!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      I know I definitely need all the practice I can get!

  • Mimi

    September 12, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

    I loved memory game when I was a child! I can wait to play them with my children, once I have them! XD


    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      It’s so fun to play your favorite games with your kids!

  • Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

    September 12, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply

    These are great ideas. Sometimes I think I need to go back to those memory games myself! I love playing them with my little cousins…it’s a great refresher for me, and fun for them

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Thanks! I definitely need the memory practice every once in a while!

  • Tiffany

    September 12, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply

    Oh these are adorable and so fun! We had issues with the morning routine just today!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      I hope these are helpful!

  • April@LoveOurRealLife

    September 12, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

    These are wonderful ideas! And, who couldn’t use a little help with their memory!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Thanks! I know I definitely need more memory practice!

  • Rose

    September 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply

    This sounds like a cute book. My son is always a little absentminded. My kids have also played I went on a picnic and take turns picking alphabetical items when we are taking long trips.

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply

      It’s a great way to pass the time! I hope you enjoy the book if you check it out. It’s a fun one!

  • Barbara Alfeo

    September 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply

    Oh so fun!

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor

    September 12, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply

    These are such great ideas! My girls love the memory game and have several different cards sets as well. And my 8 year old is Queen of Memory in my house.

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s such a fun game to play as a family!

  • Kassi

    September 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

    I love memory games and I still play them myself! I can’t wait until my little one is a bit older so that we can start doing things like this!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      I love that my daughter is getting to an age where we can play more games together. It’s such great family time!

  • The Salty Mamas

    September 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm Reply

    I bet my daughter would love that book! Requesting from the library know, and planning for the memory game to go with it!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Meg

    September 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply

    My little boys LOVE matching/memory games. We have’t played the “what’s missing” game in a long time, but my 5 year old used to love that one, too. We’ll have to resurrect it. 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Kim@Team-Cartwright

    September 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply

    I loved Memory as a kid! My son hasn’t shown much interest in it yet. Maybe this book will peak his interest!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply

      I hope it does! It is a really fun book!

  • Brenda

    September 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply

    My daughter loves playing games and telling stories, so these are some great ideas that I’m sure she would enjoy!

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply

      I hope you try them out together and have fun!

  • Sarah Fleming

    September 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply

    I fully believe in turning a routine into a game! I love the morning routine ideas.

    • Vicki

      September 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply

      That Mary Poppins quote comes to mind: “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!”. It’s so true!

  • Tabitha Blue

    September 13, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    I haven’t done a test your memory game in sooo long! Time to show our kids what we used to do for fun!

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

      Sometimes the simplest games make the most fun!

  • Clair

    September 13, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply

    These are great activities! My five year old would love the morning routine memory game!

    • Vicki

      September 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I hope you try it together! Memory games can be so fun!

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses

    September 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I always loved playing memory games when I was younger! A morning routine would be so helpful in making sure everything happens.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply

      I find that following a routine helps so much for myself and for my daughter!

  • Kirsty

    September 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Love the printables! So very handy.

    • Vicki

      September 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm Reply

      I love having a routine I can see!

  • Sara M. @ The Sanity Plan

    September 14, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing the links to the free printables. We could really use some morning routine help over here… in a fun way, of course!

    • Vicki

      September 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I hope they help! I think it’s helpful for both kids and adults to have a visual reminder of routines.

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    September 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

    This reminds me of all the memory games I used to play with as a child. I need to make some like this for my daughter and I to do!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply

      I love playing my favorite childhood games with my daughter! It’s so much fun to jump back into childhood together!

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