Activities and games to improve attention

Attention is key for children’s learning and when they are of school age it is a determining factor for achieving good performance, since they must be able to maintain the focus of attention for the time necessary for their brain to “absorb” the knowledge imparted by teachers.

The level of attention develops over the years and can also be fostered with a little training. In this sense, some activities and board games, construction and hobbies such as alphabet soup, among others, help to enhance and develop the level of attention, since they require a state of sustained vigilance.

Attention and memory games fulfill several functions, all of which are beneficial for the child as it helps him to:

  • Interpret visual and spatial stimuli
  • Develop acuity and visual association
  • Concentrate and pay attention to details
  • Increase cognitive ability
  • Stimulate memory as a whole
  • Promote consistency.

If you have observed that your child does not seem to hear you when you speak or is easily distracted, does his tasks quickly and without caring much about the result or leaves things unfinished, it is time to start applying a strategy to increase your level of care.

Here is a list of activities and games that can help you focus:

Coloring pictures and painting mandalas: Coloring certain areas of a drawing develops visual acuity, enhances fine motor skills, develops patience and creativity, while producing a feeling of calm and serenity.

Completing a drawing: Visual integration activities, such as completing a drawing by connecting several dots, also help stimulate attention; but it is necessary for the child to be able to see the image in her mind clearly.

The labyrinths: They must also be considered and it is that these in addition to stimulating attention work on the development of other skills such as fine motor skills, visual perception and memory, spatiality and orientation.

Finding the differences or looking for an object among many: Observing two apparently equal pictures in search of the differences enhances selective attention; the same happens when looking for a particular object within a drawing, as in the case of Looking for Wally. These activities are recommended for children from 4 years old.

Puzzles: There are them for various age ranges, the puzzles for younger children usually have few large pieces and represent simple figures; as the age range increases, so does the number of pieces and the complexity of the illustration.

Memory game (find pairs): Helps to train visual memory, increases attention and short-term memory and enhances mental agility. If you want to add more fun, ask your child to make his own memory game: cut circles or squares of cardboard and draw the pairs, and then play with them.

Remembering the objects: A number of small objects are chosen and displayed for one minute and then covered with a handkerchief; the players have to say the name of the objects they remember until they are all named.

Construction games: Lego, Meccano, Jenga and other construction games help develop fine motor skills while increasing concentration and stimulating cognitive skills. They are also good at learning to handle frustration.

Card games and boards: Card games and boards with tiles such as ludo or ludo, Chinese checkers, dominoes and chess stimulate different aspects related to personality such as concentration, logic, the ability to deduce and patience.

Without repeating: Each participant takes turns saying the name of the objects that are in sight without repeating those that have already been mentioned because then they lose. It is an ideal game for children to develop concentration, visual acuity and memory. It can also be played while on a car ride using the names of animals, foods, or colors.

Word searches, sudoku puzzles and crosswords: These hobbies help develop attention, memory, logic and reasoning strategies while enhancing mental agility, helping to keep the brain active and clear.

Remember that one of the objectives of the game is that the child can enjoy, have fun and at the same time learn about their environment, either consciously or unconsciously.

Another point to take into consideration is to be attentive to the signs that your child shows in front of the game: If he is seen inattentive or scattered, perhaps it is because the proposed dynamic is not at his level or that, on the contrary, he get over it and find it very difficult.

Therefore, you should look for activities that are interesting to him and that are at the height of his maturity and his abilities, but at the same time, that are challenging or else he will quickly get bored.

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