Differentiating Between Sequencing and Memory

Oftentimes sequencing and memory can look the same. However, there are some activities that require memory and not sequencing. It is important to memory gamepractice both skills, as both are required to complete tasks at school and at home, and in order to learn new skills.

What is Sequencing?

Sequencing involves completing an activity in the proper order (e.g. following a recipe). It might also look like a routine (e.g. getting dressed: first undergarments, then shirt/pants, then socks/shoes). Sequencing helps a child to complete an activity from start to finish in the correct order. It also helps a child to know how to do new activities (e.g. first _____, then ______).

All sequencing activities require memory:

  • Creating a pattern (e.g. beads on a necklace/bracelet)
  • Recalling a color pattern (e.g. blue, green, yellow, green)
  • Steps to shoe tying

What is Memory?

Memory requires auditory and visual processing to hear and/or see the directions of an activity (e.g. recalling steps to an obstacle course; memorizing facts for a test). Memory helps a child to remember what he should be doing and why. It also helps a child to do the task the same way each time.

Memory is required for sequencing:

  • Memory game (finding matching cards)
  • Listening to directions and repeating them back
  • Studying a picture, and recalling items in the picture (when picture is taken away)

Sequencing and memory activities are important for people of all ages, young and elderly. These skills help to keep our minds sharp and active. Stay tuned for my next blog on creating a ‘Treasure Hunt’ to incorporate both sequencing and memory into one fun child-friendly activity!


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