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Increasing Your Preschooler’s Attention Span

Increasing Your Preschooler’s Attention Span at Kids 'R' Kids Stafford, preschool, daycare, childcare

Attention span is the amount of time a person can concentrate on a single activity.  Your preschooler can be expected to have an attention span equal to approximately two to three minutes per year of age.  Helping your preschooler build a healthy attention span is helpful when they enter school and need to block out stimuli to attend to a lesson or independent work.  

Focus Games

One way to increase your preschooler’s attention span is to play games which require her to focus to complete the game.  Board games where she needs to keep track of turns or count and remember the number from a dice roll for the number of moves on the board.  If you are out and about, engage your preschooler in a game of I Spy with my Little Eye, which requires her to focus on her surroundings to find what you are describing.  

Limit Screen Time

Too much screen time can negatively impact your preschooler’s attention span.  Shows and games geared towards children are typically fast paced and flashy.  Prolonged exposure to these types of visuals can train the brain to expect that type of stimuli and have difficulty processing information when presented in a natural manner, such as in a classroom.  


Reading with your child not only helps build her attention span, but also builds her vocabulary, fuels her imagination, and strengthens the bond between you and your preschooler.  If your preschooler struggles to sit through longer stories, read a portion of the story, stop for a brain break, and then finish the story.  

Healthy Habits

Providing your preschooler with a variety of healthy foods, physical activity, and a healthy sleep schedule can help him perform at his highest levels.  Focus on foods that fuel your preschooler’s mind and body, such as  those mentioned here.  Incorporate plenty of opportunities for your preschooler to be physically active, so he isn’t antsy when completing an activity.  Take breaks during longer activities for your preschooler to move around and get his wiggles out.  Adhering to a daily routine with a specific bedtime and wake time will help your preschooler know what to expect and adjust to activities more quickly and assure he gets plenty of sleep.  

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