Even adults get distracted, so you can imagine how much harder it is for young children—who tire more easily and have less self-control—to stay focused on a task. While certain rules can help improve your child’s concentration, you can also build his mental skills with fun games. The brain is like a muscle. It gets stronger each time you use it. With these games, your child will get used to sitting longer and longer at a task.
War strategy games
Strategy games like Starcraft or Civilization require kids to set goals and then allocate resources to meet them. They have to plan ahead, while still be able to adjust plans in reaction to their opponents’ moves.
In a way, strategy games use the same principles of chess but with better visuals and sound effects! They are ‘thinking games’ and will develop concentration and analytical thinking.
In Monopoly, kids manage and invest their money. The game is quite easy, even for 7 to 8 year olds, and can be a better alternative for parents who frown on war games. The downside, though, is that Monopoly needs several players. Make this a family weekend activity, or get the computer version so your child can play on his own during breaks.
It takes patience to put together jigsaw puzzles. But your child may enjoy this, especially if he gets to pick the design. You can have his fnished work framed and use it to decorate his room.
In memory game, you start with several chips that are turned face-down. You are allowed to open any two at a time. If they don’t match, you turn it over again. The task is to remember the images of the chips and their location, so you can find a pair.
Martial arts not only improves your child’s muscle strength, coordination and flexibility, the sequential movements and quick reaction time needed in sparring will develop focus and concentration. (Read on for more benefits of martial arts.)
Tongue twisters are great for developing your child’s diction, but they also have a hidden benefit: the complicated sentences are a test of concentration, but the game feels so lighthearted and fun that it won’t bore or discourage your child. In fact, both of you will enjoy the ‘mistakes’ and have a good laugh!
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