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Which toys promote concentration?

The simple act of playing can be an exercise of concentration for a child, but still it is necessary to propose to him the games which will help him to develop his capacities. The advice of Catherine WATINE, head of a toy library in Montreuil.

Toys are not only a source of exchange within the family but they also allow the child to develop his imagination and concentration. You can help him by choosing the right toys and following a few basic rules. Of course, you must take into account the evolution of your child and his specific interests.

From 0 to 3 years old: it’s up to you

  • In this age group, the child develops his senses and his logic. He is therefore interested in games of different textures, which make noise and move.
  • In this age group, the child learns to control his senses (hearing, touch, sight, smell, taste) and his ability to observe.
  • He will easily fix his attention on everything that gives him sensations.
  • It is also during this period that he discovers the logic of what surrounds him.
  • Initially, it is up to you to solicit it and then little by little he will ask you this or that game. You will then know what he likes the most and you will be able to exercise his capacity of concentration on his favorite toys.

What you can offer him: To develop his senses

  • Sound and multicolored rattles with various textures.
  • Wooden toys because it is a warm material that has weight and makes noise when it falls.
  • To develop its logic: nesting games, stacking, spinning tops, ball toys.

What to avoid and why

  • Too much solicit your child because it could tire him.
  • Laughing at his failures because it could discourage him.
  • From 3 to 6 years old: let him play alone

Your child discovers social life, he tries to imitate you and continues to develop his bodily skills. He can start the board games, get excited about anything that allows him to do “like the big ones” and spend long time with his building games.

During this period, the imagination of your child develops enormously. His gestures are also more precise and, above all, from the age of 5, he can begin to want to play with others.
Construction and social games are good ways to develop your attention span. He will also be very focused playing alone at the garage or the merchant. These are important moments during which he imitates the lives of adults and settles his own conflicts (the doctor gave me an injection, I also make one to my doll)

What you can offer him:

  • To develop his imagination: Castles, pirate ships, dolls, garages
  • To develop agility and logic: Construction games
  • To develop his sociability: Board games but only based on chance because they can not yet develop a strategy (for example “the game of the goose”, “the little horses” …)

What to avoid and why

  • Interrupt him in the middle of the game because it cuts his concentration.
  • Forcing him to finish a game. He has the right to stop, otherwise playing will not be a pleasure for him but a constraint.
  • Put the games in a closed cupboard. On the contrary, it is necessary to put them in scene so that your child goes spontaneously towards them.
  • From 6 to 12 years old: help him develop his taste for others

In this age group, the logical spirit develops and buddies begin to take up space. Your child may be drawn to sophisticated building games and inventive board games.

In this age group, children have a great need for sociability.

They can understand a rule, share it and concentrate for a long time.

This is the ideal age for board games. But construction games and those that nurture the imagination are always welcome.

What you can offer him

  • To develop your concentration
  • Board games requiring tactics and strategy (eg “Gygamic”, “Abalone”, “Monopoly”, “Cluedo”): Card games (“battle”, “yellow dwarf” …)
  • To develop their skill and imagination: Construction games (eg “Lego”)

What to avoid and why

  • Do not finish a game because it means that you do not pay much attention to the game for which your child has made the effort to concentrate and it is a bad example of tenacity.
  • Prevent video games as part of its culture, it could be marginalized at school. It’s up to you to manage the time spent on this type of games.
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