This old-fashioned game teaches children to focus and takes about 5 minutes, a couple times a week. After all, what if to some degree, focus and focusing the mind’s attention is a skill set that must be learned? Inventing this game must have been fun, whatever thousands of years ago – and it works!
This attention focusing game is one you probably know and just never thought about this way. Put a quarter, a dollar or a cookie in your hand, get your child to see which hand it is in and then put both of your hands behind your back and ask them to guess which hand it is in.
Of course, it could be in either one – but children love the attention you are giving them to make this fun and sneaky cute playful game work and will focus their attention as if nothing else is happening in the room they’re in. Kids can outlast you too in this game, so you might want to say how many times they get it right to get the quarter, dollar, cookie or donut. (I’m adding donut because I like donuts and they work too. But so do toys and night-night kisses for getting it right along with the best hug.)
And yes, the child gets to eat the cookie, or have the dollar, quarter or toy when they have guessed it right. But watch how much their attention is now focused – on what your body language says your hands are doing behind your back and how many times your elbow moved indicated you switched it up again, and every time they get it wrong or right – they’re learning to focus attention when it is right now and desirable to do so.
Attention focusing is an important skill set to have and maybe our parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and strangers sitting in the lobby of the movie theater where we were all waiting just about forever to get in to see the movie did something good for us playing that silly little game that works so well!
- cricketdiane, 01-10-2018
This is a great skill game for learning to learn, learning to focus and increasing observation skills too.
P.S. Don’t stick the dollar in your pants pocket, waistband or use unfair advantage when playing this thinking skills game with children because they won’t try to genuinely focus their attention on it the next time.
Playing this old-fashioned focusing game with your child for about five minutes every so often and it is surprising how much more focused their attention becomes in other situations going on at school or at home.
Also – there are not studies on this claim about this game. I’m offering it because I’ve experienced it personally and seen how it works to increase focused attention skills in both children and disabled adults who are re-learning their thinking skills.
Ok, that’s it. Go play.