Simon Says: Use Coordination to Focus & Attend

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention

Do you remember playing Simon Says? Well, it wasn’t just a silly game to keep you out of trouble. Simon Says actually works to help wake up the brain-body connection and the result can be a more focused, attentive Individual.

Using the hands and feet in coordination with the eyes has been shown to have a profound effect on sensory processing, attention and overall ability to focus. As both sides of the brain are engaged, the cerebellum is stimulated and the results can be nothing short of outstanding.

As a therapist, eye-hand coordination in combination with balance activities are my go to treatment for about 90% of my clients from birth through senior. Let’s take a look at some ways to use coordination to help focus and attend.

Eye-Hand Games. This can be something as simple as playing catch, singing, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…” or tossing beanbags. Place targets on the floor or wall using masking tape, or use baskets. You can even combine the targets with academic activities such as word recognition or math. You can count as you catch. You can toss with your right hand and then switch to the left.

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Weighted Tactile Beanbags

Weighted Tactile Bean Bags

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Monster Bean Bags

Monster Bean Bags

 

Eye-Foot Games. The same goes for the feet but this time…no hands! Try using only your right foot and then only your left foot to kick a ball. Place marker spots on the floor and alternate right and left feet as you go forward, using red for right and lemon yellow for left. Use a maze board on the wall to manipulate with your feet.

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Floor Spots For Kids

Floor Spots For Kids

 

Crossing Midline. Grab some scarves or beanbags and toss with the right hand, but catch with the left. And now switch. Grab a tube and place a Ping-Pong ball inside and track the ball back and forth with your eyes. Try a maze game. Or your kids may really enjoy a choice of activities.

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Hand Eye Coordination Scarves Set

Hand Eye Coordination Scarves Set

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - In A Pickle Sensory Game

In A Pickle

 

Balance. Step on a balance board, climb into a rocking boat, or pump on a swing. Can you keep your balance? How about a balance beam? Place tape along the floor and walk the line.

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Foam Rocker Board

Foam Rocker Board

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Cozy Canoe

Cozy Canoe

 

Obstacle Courses. Grab pillows, crash mats, mattresses, beanbags, chairs and other obstacles to create an obstacle course. Learn to go over, under, around and next to. Hop to one object and then crawl to the next. Can you walk on your heels?

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - The Gymbox

The Gymbox

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Crash Mat

Crash Mat

 

Mobility. Climb a ladder, pedal a bike, ride on a scooter, and learn to skate. Mobile toys teach balance and coordination and require both sides of the body to work together. Stop. Turn left. Turn right. Go. Slow down. Speed up. Can you listen and follow directions?

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Climbing Ladder

Climbing Ladder

Using Coordination for Focus and Attention - Saddle Scooter

Saddle Scooter

 

Ball Sports. Soccer, basketball, baseball and football are not only good for coordination, but for improving eye-hand skills, eye-foot skills, focus, attention, cooperation, team play and commitment.  To learn new moves, try yoga with a ball!

If you need visual ideas for encouraging coordination, check out our Pinterest boards too. Once you schedule a few minutes of coordination activities on a regular basis, you’ll be amazed at the impact on overall focus and attention.

 

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