After the home schooling many of us have been frustrated at our children looking into space or doing something else when they should be focussed on a task. How can you help to boost your kids’ concentration when they are working on homework? Wouldn’t it be great to have less of those “Why don’t you just do it?” arguments?
This time of year parents’ evenings are going on too and hearing that your child is easily distracted can be a common complaint. How can you help them to focus more? Is there anything you can do at home which might help their concentration at school?
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At PKS we make cool and practical products for kids like our personalised colour bottle bands and personalised kids’ cutlery. We are mums ourselves so we are super interested in everything to do with kids! Concentration is definitely a key skill and we want to look at how kids can develop better focus!
Devices such as phones and tablets have been blamed for shortening the attention span of kids. Swiping and moving quickly on to the next game or page is easy to do and this can reduce kids’ stamina for things like reading where concentration over a longer period is required. Visual rich apps encourage kids to read the minimum and get the information they need from the pictures.
The WHO doesn’t recommend devices for kids under 1 and suggests that 2 year olds should have a device for no longer than an hour a day. Researchers from King’s College, Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Bath found that toddlers who used a tablet more were less able to resist distractions than those with low tablet usage.
Of course tablets and phones can be used in a beneficial way for finding information or learning things – and there are loads of great educational apps! The key seems to be to limit mindless scrolling around to give your child plenty of opportunity to read, play and experience things in the real world – not banning the device altogether, just limiting the time allowed on it.
If you do have a child that is easily distracted you can definitely help them to work on it! Here are a few ideas that can help increase your child’s concentration and help them to focus on tasks at school and at home.
Try some games to boost your kids’ concentration!
Don’t forget to give your kids plenty of water to drink while they are playing these games – a water bottle with one of our silicone name bands for bottles on it is ideal!
More ideas to boost your kids’ concentration!
What about tips to help with things like focus on homework – or home schooling if you are doing any?
Try these tips at home to help your kids focus on homework:
It’s definitely not the end of the world if you do find your child is easily distracted – but there is a lot you can do to try and help them increase their attention span.
It’s certainly harder in today’s world to keep focussed with modern technology beeping and whirring all around kids! If you can help them focus when they are younger it really helps to set up good learning behaviours for later schooldays and revision!
There’s a lot you can do to help your kids – games especially can really help with focus. They’re also a chance to have fun together with your child! Now life has started up again after lockdown it’s nice to still grab those times with your child to play a game – education and fun rolled into one!
We hope you’ve got a few useful tips to help boost your kids’ concentration. Before you start playing games with your child, have a look in our shop for our personalised bottle labels (uk), personalised children’s cutlery sets and more products coming very soon!