Here is a great article that describes how using exercise balls in the classroom and home helps to increase children’s attention and focus on a task!
Of course, parenting a child that struggles to maintain attention, control their impulses, or waiting their turn in activities can be very difficult! The use of games is a great way to help your child to learn patience and increase their ability to focus! Here are some great games:
Totika (Jenga) – Children learn that keeping the game going and building the tower includes having patience and calmness.
Trouble – Kids like the “pop” and learn to wait the turn.
The Impulse Control Game – A great therapeutic game to both teach AND practice skills.
FOCUS! – Another game with practical application.
“Freeze!” – Classic tag game (increase the amount of time kids are expected to freeze over time).
Puzzles – Involves memory and sustained attention (increase difficulty over time).