1. Memory Games - In order for something to be committed to memory, attention must first be given and held. This is why memory games help build focus in young children. The popular children's game Memory is a good example, but there are other memory building games you can play with objects around the house. If you have a deck of cards, pick five cards from the deck and ask your child to focus and remember them. After he says he's ready, take the cards, shuffle the deck, and have him find the five cards from before. If this is too easy, have him put them in the correct order as well or add a card or two. If it's too difficult, limit the game to one or two suits. Other objects that work for this game include coins and buttons.
2. Hidden Object Games- These types of games encourage your child to notice things she may otherwise ignore. It requires concentration and comprehension to discover whatever it is she's trying to find, and many children find these fun, like they're detectives trying to solve a mystery. Here are some examples: Word Searches, I-Spy, Where's Waldo Books "Easter Egg" Hunts (Hiding objects that result in a small reward when collected entirely)
3. Word Games- These games not only build attention, but they are also great ways to improve your child's vocabulary and spelling skills. Plus, you don't usually need anything to play these games since they're verbally based. Saying one word and having your child rhyme the word is a good example. Or pick a category (animals, foods, etc.) and say a word in that category. The next person must then think of a word that begins with the last letter of the word that was said before. E.g. the category was places; if I say France, you'd have to think of a place that began with E, the last letter in France. Egypt would be a good answer.
4. Story Based Games- These games require your child to pay attention to the details of a story. While reading to your child, you can pull a pop quiz and ask a question about something that happened earlier in the tale. Eventually he should start habitually listening and remembering at story time, especially if you make the game fun.Another easy game is the Continue the Story game. You start a story and stop after a paragraph or so; then your child should add on to the story, making sure to keep the tale somewhat logical. Then you both alternate adding to the story until you decide on a conclusion.
5. Puzzles- Puzzles are generally considered great brain exercises, and because they're both fun and require focus and patience, children respond well to them. Puzzles include the following: Picture puzzles Crossword puzzles Mahjong Sudoku Jigsaw Puzzles
6. Card Games and Board Games: scrabble, draughts, chess, Monopoly
If you haven't already, join the local library and visit it weekly.
Things to do….
1. Talk about/Write a book review or a film review. What was it? What happened in it? Was it enjoyable? What mark would you give it out of 10?
2. Make a bookmark for your favourite book or the most recent book that you have read.
3. Make a card or write a letter to a family member or friend.
4. Beginning with the letter 'A" list in alphabetical order as many names you can think of. (Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports, past times, jobs people have, things you would find in school, in the kitchen)
5. Write a story or poem.
6. Write down all the things you are good at.
7. Describe how to play your favourite sport.
8. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.
9. Learn how to play Solitare
10. Listen to some music and draw what you see.
11. List as many adjectives or describing words that you can think of to describe yourself
12. Describe yourself for an alien.
13. Who is the person you would most like to meet? What would you
like to ask this person?
14. Design a useful invention.
15. Draw yourself as a cartoon character.
16. Make up to quiz questions you know the answer to and write them'.
17. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.
18. Paint how you are feeling using colours.
19. What would you do with 3 wishes?
20. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate.
21. Draw your ideal bedroom
Design an alien
Design a cartoon character
Design a superhero
Move well, move often:
Youtube clips for 10 at 10 Operation Transformation available
Design exercise circuits
Regular movement games
Go Noodle Youtube clips
Yoga for kids Youtube clips