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Increasing Your Preschooler’s Attention Span

Increasing Your Preschooler's Attention Span at Kids 'R' Kids Bella Terra, preschool, daycare, childcare

Attention span is the length of time one is able to concentrate mentally on a particular activity. It requires the ability to block out extra stimuli. While it is normal for preschoolers to have a short attention span, it is important to invest in helping them increase it.

It is generally accepted that a child can concentrate for two to three minutes per year of their age, so: 

  • The average attention span of a 3 year old is approximately 6 to 9 minutes. 
  • The average attention span of a 4 year old is approximately 8 to 12 minutes. 
  • The average attention span of a 5 year old is approximately 10 to 15 minutes. 

These are general guidelines. A preschooler may be able to focus longer on a task if there is reduced stimuli and the task is found to be enjoyable. 

Create the Right Environment 

First, be mentally present. If your attention is scattered, it may cause your preschooler to be less focused as well. Second, make sure your preschooler is not tired or hungry. Third, create an environment conducive to learning. A clean, organized environment reduces extra stimuli helping the mind to remain focused.

Focused Activities

Many activities can be found which can be used to increase your preschooler’s attention span. The best activities are the ones you preschooler already enjoys. Age appropriate games like Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry-O, CandyLand, and Memory require a preschooler to sit and focus! Puzzles are another option. Start small and increase the number of pieces as your preschooler improves. Specifically working on coloring within the lines will require a preschooler to slow down and be more engaged. 

Reading

Possibly the most important activity you can do with your developing preschooler is reading to her. Begin with simple books that do not have much content, and as her attention span increases, you can move to more advanced stories. Talk to her throughout the story by discussing the pictures and identifying things she recognizes. 

As you work with your preschooler, remember to keep it fun. Working to increase your preschooler’s attention span is a good way to prepare for school. By mastering this skill, she will be more prepared to focus on the world of learning. 

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