Stage Actor!

Age Range
3-9 yrs
Setup Time
10-20 minutes (depends on how elaborate you want to get)!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Your child may surprise you with her ability to recall information during story-time, or a memory of an event that happened when she was a toddler. This type of recall isn't unusual for many children living in homes where parents encourage learning memory skills.

Research reported by Penn State University Extension shows children have the ability to remember events from the time the child developed a sense of self, which begins between the ages of 18 months and 2 years. Long- and short-term memory depends on your child's ability to use the stored information, not the size of the memory itself.

Pennsylvania State University Extension notes that both long- and short-term memory skills help children learn to think, plan, reflect, follow directions, solve problems, imagine and learn basic literacy skills. The service identifies key childhood memory developments as processes that happen between the ages of birth and age 8. Memory problems delay language and motor skill development, but parents can help children learn short-term memory skills, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Re-enacting scenes helps children memorize and recall facts. This also encourages them to interact with peers and others in a fun and collaborative manner, instilling confidence and a sense of community


  1. Create a stage using a low table, bedsheets, cardboard to make a scenery for the backdrop, crayons to color and strings and balloons etc. to decorate. For more fun, include puppets or other props to be used

  2. After setting up the stage, give a 'scene' to your child to enact (from his favorite book), where your child can act out situations and emotions by herself or using puppets!. Alternatively you can let your child create his own scenario based on his favorite character or toy

  3. Involve your child's friends or you can participate as well to build confidence in your child

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.