As a parent, most of us want our kids to concentrate on their studies or their passions. Most of us are always on the lookout for ways to improve the kid’s concentration and focus. After the advent of Online Schools, the kid’s concentration levels have dropped further. As they are forced to sit down in front of the gadgets and watch the teacher for a long duration of time. The typical complaint we get to hear from the parents is that the kids are not paying attention to the classes and are not willing to complete their homework. So, this blog aims at discussing the tips and games to improve then concentration and focus in kids.
Reasons for Lack of Concentration and Focus in Kids.
Kids are by nature curious and explorative. Have you observed any toddlers, how they get engrossed in an activity that interests them? That activity might be really silly or meaningless for us, but till the time the child is satisfied and could find all the answers to his unexpressed questions, he will not be leaving that activity.
But then, as the child enters the school, his focus levels keep dropping. The reasons for the drop in their focus and attention span are as follows:
- Inability to sustain a train of thoughts for a longer time
- Inability to sit still without any movement and focussing on the lectures
- Lack of Interest
- The work is not challenging or motivating them
- Not able to understand the subject or the work at hand or its significance.
Also, we need to understand that the kid’s brain is still developing and hence their attention span and concentration levels are also developing. As per the latest research done by various child psychologists, the average attention span of kids is as follows:
Average Attention Span in Kids
|Age||Average Duration Kids are Able to Focus|
|3 years old||6 – 15 minutes|
|4 years old||8 – 20 minutes|
|5 years old||10 – 25 minutes|
|6 years old||12 – 30 minutes|
|7 years old||14 – 35 minutes|
|8 years old||16 – 40 minutes|
|9 years old||18 – 40 minutes|
|10-12 years old||20 – 45 minutes|
We can’t expect the kid to sit still and focus on the task at hand unless it’s really interesting and challenging to them. So, we need to use the tools or games that are fun for the kids and at the same time would improve their concentration and focus levels. There are a lot of apps and games available online for the same purpose.
But, I have chosen not to discuss them as playing those games can also be considered as gadget time for the kids. And, I am trying to reduce the screen time for my kid. So, here are few games that we have decided to use and have seen good improvement in my child.
Indoor Games that help in improving Kids Concentration and Focus
The following are a few of the indoor games that we can play with kids starting from four years onwards. Playing these games with the kids not only relaxes us but also improves our bonding with the kids.
- Fish Game:
This is a musical game to fish using fishing rods. This game is suitable for kids as young as three years and above. For little kids, this game improves the hand to eye coordination as well as their focus and concentration.
For the older kids, we can use a lot of permutations based on the color of the fishes, the slots in which the fishes are present, using timers, etc. Kids below ten years just love this game and would love to play with increasing difficulty levels. There are a lot of smaller versions available online too.
2. Brainvita Game
Though this game figures mainly in the logical/critical thinking game, it can also be used to improve the kid’s focus. Kids love playing with marbles and fingering them while playing. So they tend to sit when a timer is used along with this game. We use a timer and also increase the difficulty levels by removing few marbles from the board on purpose.
Leaving only one marble on the board is a tough job for the younger kids. So based on their age, we can change the difficulty levels. This game also improves the fine motor skills of the kids.
Crosswords are the earliest known indoor brainy game that not only improves the vocabulary, but also the concentration of the kids. Once the kids get addicted to this game, it’s very difficult to get them out of it. We use these games (printed booklets) as the boredom busters during the travel.
The difficulty levels of the crosswords could be chosen based on the age of the kids. There are a lot of websites that offer free crossword puzzles based on different themes. So we can take few printouts and keep them handy.
We can even get a couple of pre-printed books from Amazon based on different themes that interest the kids.
4. Sudoku Puzzles:
Most of us are aware of the sudoku puzzles and think that these are mainly for adults. But kids love to play the sudokus along with the adults. We can use block or picture sudokus to get the kids enticed. This game not improves the concentration of the kids but also improves their logical reasoning as well.
These puzzles are also available on different sites for free downloads or we can make one easily based on our kid’s interests and tastes. I got few books from Amazon for easy use during travel.
A chess game doesn’t require any introduction or description. This is one of the oldest games known to improve logical reasoning, concentration, and focus. Introducing a chess game to your kids at the earliest age not only improves their concentration and focus but also improves family bonding. A serious game of chess would take a lot of time and our kids are away from the gadgets for that long time. Isn’t it a double bonus?
Outdoor Games that improve the Kids Concentration
Some kids are not the indoor types. Especially the hyperactive and sporty ones. So here comes the next list of outdoor games that are known to improve the concentration of the kids. Some of the games we play in our house are as follows:
- Lemon and Spoon game
- Dart Board game
- Throwing the ball into the cup
- Ring toss and
- Walking on a lean beam
There are more such games that can be used with a little creativity and thinking based on our kid’s interests and passion. All these games would not only improve the gross motor skills of kids, but they would also work on improving their focus and concentration in a fun way.
As parents, we need to observe our kids and fine-tune our bonding activities with our kids. Based on their needs, we can devise the games and activities intuitively when we observe our kids more closely. That’s why I would always say that observing our kids is the most important skill to the parents, which we need to master first.