Memory games, puzzles, mistakes and chess are options for activities that can improve children’s attention and concentration. Most children, at some stage of their development, may find it difficult to focus on certain activities, which can even interfere with their development at school. Thus, it is important to stimulate the child’s concentration from an early age through play, for example.
The lack of attention can happen mainly when the child is tired or has been in front of the television or computer for a long time, being exposed to various stimuli. Thus, in addition to play, it is important that the child has adequate sleep hours for their age, as well as having a balanced diet and not having so many distractions at home.
The puzzles encourage the child to seek logical solutions and to look for details that can complement the pieces. Thus, the child needs to pay attention to the small details present in each piece so that he can form the puzzle.
2. Labyrinths and dots
The maze game stimulates the child to seek a way out logically, stimulating not only reasoning, but also concentration. League-dot games also stimulate concentration in the same way, as it is necessary for the child to have focus so that he can connect the dots correctly and thus form the image.
There is a method known as the Guillour method, which aims to encourage activities with lines and strokes in which the child does the activity looking at the image of a mirror, this makes the child need to have more concentration to perform the activity , in addition to stimulating spatial intelligence.
3. Game of errors
The games of errors make the child pay attention to two or more images and look for differences, this makes the child have more focus and more concentration. It is interesting that the game is played at least 2 times a day so that attention and concentration on details and differences is more effectively stimulated.
4. Memory games
Memory games are great for stimulating the child’s concentration, as it is necessary for the child to be attentive to the images so that he knows where the images, numbers or colors are the same.
This game is interesting because in addition to stimulating the child’s attention and concentration, it allows the child to develop social skills when the game takes place between two or more children.
5. Fun to sort things out
This type of play is interesting because it makes the child need to pay attention in order for it to reproduce later. This game can be done by mixing objects and then encouraging the child to put them in the original order.
In addition, you can play the game “I went to the moon and took …”, in which the child must say an object and each time he says “I went to the moon” to say the object he had already said and some other . For example: “I went to the moon and took a ball”, then it should be said “I went to the moon and took a ball and a car”, and so on. This stimulates the child’s memory and makes him pay attention to what has already been said.
The game of chess requires a lot of reasoning and concentration, being, therefore, an activity option to increase the child’s attention. In addition, chess promotes brain development and memory, stimulates creativity and the ability to solve problems.
What to do for the child to pay attention to parents
Teaching your child to pay attention to what parents say is not always an easy task, but there are certain strategies that can help, such as:
- Sit in a quiet place with the child, facing him;
- Speak calmly to the child and look him in the eye;
- Tell the child what you want them to do in a few words and in a simple way , for example “Do not slam the door” instead of “Do not slam the door because it can be damaged and the neighbors complain about the noise”;
- Give specific orders , for example: “Don’t run inside the house” instead of saying “Don’t do it” when you come to run;
- Show the child the consequence of not following the order, if a “punishment” is imposed, it must be short-lived and possible to comply – “if you continue to run, you will sit for 5 minutes, without talking to anyone “. Children should not be promised and not fulfilled, even if it is a “punishment”;
- Praise the child whenever he complies with an order.