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16 activities to boost attention and concentration in your child

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

Introduction

Even as adults, it is pretty common to lose concentration on topics that do not interest you. Sometimes even reading through a paragraph could be almost tedious if it is not your liking; I hope you can get through this blog with sustained attention.

Interest is subjective. What draws one does not have to interest another. Keeping this in mind, the activities given below may catch your child’s attention. It is up to your creativity to make the activity more enjoyable, involving yourself in it, and fitting it to your child’s liking. Feel free to ‘play around with these activities. Always be enthusiastic and involved; this motivates the child and creates a positive environment. Below are some activities to build better attention and concentration


Puzzles/Jigsaw/Board games

The games that require thinking can enhance concentration and help build critical thinking, planning, and cognition. Remember to choose the games based on your child’s age.


Simon says

This activity requires your child to be attentive, listen to the commands, and carry them out. Each command has a prefix, “Simon says.” For example, “Simon says raise your hand,” “Simon says jump up high,” etc.


Roleplay

This is a great way to encourage imaginative play. For example, this could be taking care of a toy animal, playing doctor-doctor, pretending to go on a safari, using a bowl of water and some toys to play fishing, having a cooking contest, hosting a tea party, etc. With these activities, the sky is your limit.


Sequencing

Arranging story cards in the right order, following steps in the correct sequence, putting the alphabet in sequential order, etc., can be done. You can also try following a recipe together or doing any task that requires following a sequence. This helps in sustained attention.


Joining the dots

This activity helps to build sustained attention. It is also a fun way of practicing counting by joining the dots in a sequence.


Coloring/ painting

This is a brilliant way to aid creative expression. Allow your child to use any desired colors, don’t set too many rules, let them enjoy the process as it can be very calming and therapeutic. To work on joint attention, you can try finger painting with your child.


Categorizing

Give your child a bunch of fruits, vegetables, and two large bowls/baskets. Ask them to name and categorize them into the respective bowl/basket. You can also make them help you with sorting groceries, their toys, their clothes, etc.


Spot the difference

The child is asked to spot the differences between two similar pictures with some minor differences.


Statue

Commonly known as the ‘London-London Statue,’ this is a childhood favorite for most of us. Be the inspector and have your child dance to music or rhymes, freeze when the music stops and hold that position for as long as the music stays off; failing to do so, the child will have to be the inspector, and you will have to dance to the music and freeze when it stops, and so on.


Memory chain game

The game aims to ‘Listen, Remember, Repeat, Add on.’ This game can be played with as many participants as possible. For example, player 1 says a word, player 2 repeats it and adds another word, player 3 repeats both words and adds another word, and so the game goes on.


Story building

Like the memory chain game, you can start a story with one sentence, and your child can build up on the deck with a follow-up sentence. This game can be played together with the entire family. It helps the child stay attentive and be creative.


Tongue twisters

They are great at helping kids be more mindful of their utterances and help in improving their clarity of speech. It is essential to understand your child’s verbal abilities and always start simple. Working on something achievable can be motivating for the child.


Sorting

You are sorting different shapes, different sizes of objects. For example, you can use shape sorter games or even a bowl of rajma and channa and ask your child to separate them into two different bowls.


Find the alphabet/ Choose the odd one out.

Fill up a page with many numbers and ask your child to circle or color a specific alphabet/number.


Break down complex tasks

If they have difficulty carrying out tasks for a long time, break them up into smaller tasks filled with breaks. You can include them in easy household activities and encourage them to clean up their toy pile; this also provides them with a sense of responsibility. Please make it more fun and appealing for the child and less like a chore.


Shared book reading

This is an excellent activity with multiple benefits. First, you can choose age-appropriate books and read them out to your child. Second, books with visuals like popups, colorful illustrations, touch and feel textures grab and maintain children’s attention.


Conclusion

In addition to attention and concentration, these activities focus on motor skills, cognition, memory literacy skills, communication, language, pragmatics, activities of daily living, etc.

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