2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 03:30
Carrying on a conversation, reading, writing, cycling or practicing a sport: every act of daily life requires concentration. Fortunately, it can be developed by playing.
Know Your Body
First and foremost, you should teach your child about their body. Indeed, the bases of knowledge and concentration pass through the senses. For example, you could encourage your child to “draw with his eyes”. First, he makes crosses by moving his eyes, 8s, circles in one direction, then in the other. Invite him to rub his hands together then, when they are warm, ask him to close his eyes and put his hands on his eyelids. What does he see?
All stacking or nesting games force your child to focus on their hands. In addition, when his towers collapse, the noise they produce helps him sharpen his hearing.
It is also important to let him play alone: in silence, your child is developing his imagination.
Depriving someone of the sense of sight allows them to develop their other senses. For example, you couldask your child to close their eyes for a minute. Invite him to describe what he hears.
You can also blindfold him and hand him objects: the object of the game is to guess which object it is, using these other senses.
The World of Colors
Now that he has developed his senses, your child is ready to learn how to stay calm and focus his attention. As you walk, name a color, and ask him to list objects of that color for you. You can also do this game at home, with paper and pencil: indeed, drawing is excellent for developing concentration!
Association of ideas
Yes, as is the psychoanalyst (minus the analysis!) Sit down with your child and ask him to tell you what a particular word makes him think of. At first, go with one word at a time and, the faster and more comfortable he becomes, suggest that he make a series of associations: table, chair, sit, stand, run, soccer, ball, field, summer… You see the principle! This exercise allows you to focus on a concept, and at the same time develops your imagination.
Find the error
This game has been popular since the dawn of time, it seems! With good reason: by looking for the differences between two almost identical images, your child is having fun, but above all he is developing his ability to concentrate by fixing his attention on tiny details. In the same line, the books of "seek and find", like those of the famous Charlie,help children to concentrate a lot.
Write upside down
When they are old enough to write, you can invite your children to write certain words backwards. “Mot” therefore becomes “tom”. Writing, or drawing, using a mirror also requires a lot of concentration, as does writing alternately with both hands.
There are a variety of memory games, for all ages. Lotto games are great for getting younger kids focused. You can also place a few objects on a table and ask your child to take a good look at them. While he closes his eyes, remove one of the objects. He will have to find the missing one.
Of course, there is also the famous game of “When I go to the market, I put in my little basket…”
All board games are excellent for developing children's concentration. Indeed, depending on the platform, they force players to stay focused on different aspects for, sometimes, several minutes or hours. Card games also require great concentration.
In addition to working the fine motor skills of children, construction games, which are often long, require a lot of concentration: especially when children decide to follow a model.