Getting our children to listen to us, attend to and memorize something we say is the war that many parents have with our little ones, since it is very common for children to disperse and not be attentive to the tasks they have to do. If your child is one of those who is 'always in the clouds' and who has a hard time concentrating and remembering all kinds of homework, exercises or tasks, take note of the following games to train memory and concentration!
During the first years of school, it is very important to promote the attention and memory capacities of our children, since it will allow them to adequately develop the different complex knowledge that will be to come: reading, writing, mathematics ... All this requires a capacity to remember information, either spoken or explained orally (the so-called auditory memory) or graphically and illustrated (the so-called visual memory).
When can we sense memory and concentration difficulties in children? Although memory and concentration problems can have multiple manifestations, there are five descriptions that turn out to be the most common in frequency and, therefore, the easiest to identify:
1. Is it easy for you to be distracted by any stimulus (noise, object, etc.)?
2. Do you easily forget homework, assignments and even exams?
3. Is it fairly disorganized and poorly presented?
4. Are you generally clueless and daydreaming?
5. Do you find it difficult to concentrate and be able to finish tasks?
If, after observing your children for several days and weeks, you have answered some of the five questions above with a statement or you simply want to work with them in a playful way on their memory and concentration skills, pay attention to the proposals we present to you!
what is the objective of the game? The objective of this game is to encourage visual memory, that is, the ability to remember information offered through the eyes, and auditory memory, that information offered through the ears.
At what age is this game aimed? To any school-age child from 6 years onwards, since it is a game that allows you to develop a multitude of levels of difficulty depending on the amount of stimuli that are presented. It will be important that the dynamic is always with an adult to supervise and positively reinforce them.
What material do I need to play? You will only need to print a few small images in card format. Specifically, you must print four groups of images, in a size of approximately 2.5 cm by 2.5 cm: uppercase letters (A, B, C, D, etc.), numbers (1-10), geometric shapes ( square, round, rhombus, star, etc.) and various drawings (ball, ice cream, chair, eye, broom, etc.). You can print these images in black and white or in color, depending on whether you want to train at an easier level (black and white) or more complex due to the amount of details to remember (in color).
How do you play? First of all, we will have to do a first test to be able to find out the level from which to start to train more daily, that is, the amount of stimuli within the same category that is able to remember. Below, we offer you an example to train each of the two types of memory:
- Visual memory training example
We take three letter tiles (E, L, B), put them on the table for a couple of seconds and then turn them over. Then, instead of asking them exclusively what three letters they were, we can ask them questions that involve more concentration and memory task such as 'Was there a vowel?' 'What position was he in?' 'What was the last letter?' or 'And what was the letter in the middle?' If you get them all right, it means that we could go to the level of four stimuli; otherwise, stay at three or even go down to only two stimuli.
- Example of auditory memory training
We take three random picture tiles (ice cream, house, lion) that we should not show, but should say out loud. Then, instead of just asking him what three words we have said, we can ask him questions that involve more concentration and memory task such as' Was there an animal? ',' In what order did I say it? ',' Was there any edible food? ' or 'What is the missing word and in what order was it?' If you get all three right, it means that we could go to the level and otherwise we should continue to improve the current one.
It is important to know that this task and game proposal is intense, so we do not recommend training for more than 10-15 minutes, being able to do the four categories (letters, numbers, shapes and drawings) a couple of times per category with the intention to level up little by little daily.
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