(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
I thought it would be fun to test how well my kids can focus! I put together a few activities to make a competition for them, and they had great fun. I will be keeping this in mind for rainy day activities!
We had four challenges – a puzzle, a tower building time test, a memory tray, and a music memory trial!
For the puzzle I made this outline (which you can download HERE):
And then I cut out some felt shapes to fill it in with. Sorry I don’t have a template for the shapes yet, but I will try to sort one out in the next couple of days! I just held my outline up to the window, held the felt over the top, and drew onto the felt with pencil to trace the outlines.
I made two puzzles so the kids had one each:
I gave Cheeky Boy a 5 second head start and just said the first person to finish was the winner. I shouldn’t have given him a head start as he finished way before Little Miss, she particularly struggled with the areas where there were curves cut from shapes so the circles fit in. She kept ignoring the curved holes entirely!
The next challenge was who could build the tallest tower. They had baskets of bricks with the same amount in each, and 5 minutes on the timer to see who could make the biggest stack of bricks!
I didn’t give any head starts this time. At one point it looked like Cheeky Boy was going to win again:
But by the end when the time was up, Cheeky Boy’s wobbly tower had fallen down, but the stronger tower by Little Miss was still standing:
The next challenge was the memory challenge. They had two minutes to stare at a tray of toys to try and memorize them, then they told me what I could remember and I ticked the boxes for the ones they got right:
Here they are memorizing the items, you can see that Cheeky Boy’s focus wasn’t great at this point:
This game was too easy for Little Miss, but Cheeky Boy struggled, just look at his concentrating face:
He only got five because Little Miss whispered a few in his ear! Next time I would do different levels of tray, with more on for Little Miss and less on for Cheeky Boy.
The final game was a music challenge, I tapped a few notes on a xylophone and they had to try and repeat the tune. Little Miss was excellent at this but Cheeky Boy just kept playing his own tune!
I want to test them both some more with this last one!
Use felt or craft foam to cut some geometric shapes for a project
Try a memory challenge – find a photo and see how many things you can write down about that day / place / moment
Fill a heart with a mosaic of colourful shapes
How do you think you would have handled these challenges? My memory isn’t great so I think someone should test me with the kids focus challenge!
I’ll see you again soon,
P.S. I’m linking this up to Motivation Monday!