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Peg Memory

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Right Brain Memory – Activity: Memory Pegs

Shichida, Heguru, Right Brain Education

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

4 thoughts on “Peg Memory

  1. Hi, i read with regards to peg memory,but still confuse on what to do with it. Are we suppose to remember the number associated with the pictures i.e. tree ; oh, the number for image tree is 3? I didnt get it when you said when we remember the peg list,we can remember any other list. i.e. using the peg list to remember the grocery list.

    Should i want to start peg memory with my child. How should i started with?

    Confused mum


    1. Hi Angie,

      Yes, you are supposed to remember the number in association with the picture. That is part of learning the system. Once you know the system, i.e. you remember which pictures associate with which numbers, you can use it to help you remember anything.

      To help you associate the numbers with the pictures, you can think of a tree with three main branches – or something to that effect. Usually the wilder the story you create in your head, the easier it will be to remember.

      Once you have the system in you head, you don’t need to use the numbers any more. The next time you have a list of things to remember, all you need to do is associate your list with the peg memory pictures. So in the example above with the grocery list, you will remember that item no. 5 on your list is bread because you automatically know that hive is five since you’ve already memorised that.

      Regular linking memory helps you to remember a list of items based on a story you create to link the objects together. But if you wanted to instantly recall what item no. 5 was, you would have to repeat your whole story. If you have a short list, this isn’t a problem. But imagine you were trying to remember item no. 65 – you would have to go through the entire list and count the items up to 65. With Peg Memory, you can instantly recall item no. 5 because you have already “pegged” it to “hive” which is the symbol for no. 5.

      Peg Memory takes longer to master, but it ends up being more practical in the long run.

      Hope that makes sense…


    1. Hi Kelly,

      In Heguru and Shichida, the kids are taught peg memory up to 100 so they would have 65. It takes time to memorise, but once you have it, it’s like having your ABCs in your head.


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