Using Board Games To Help Highly Distractible Kids Improve Their Concentration and Stay On Task

Ever wondered why there are so many more kids with attention deficit issues today than there were 10, 20 years ago? One of the reasons is today’s children aren’t given enough opportunities to practice paying attention. Remember playing old school board games like: Monopoly, Trouble, Sorry or even Candyland where you had to take the time to read the directions, distribute the playing pieces, learn to wait your turn, control impulses and you had to sit on the floor or at the table and pay attention while waiting. You also learned to build frustration tolerance when you lost a turn and you learned to organize your thoughts in order to anticipate the other player’s move. These are very important social skills that are transferable skills in just about every facet of life.

However, with the advent of high tech games, iTunes and the Wii, many kids are so media-fed that if their attention isn’t captured instantaneously, within the first few minutes they have a tendency to tune out. Technological advancement is a good thing, but like anything, everything has its place. And when it comes to our children high-tech items should be utilized in moderation.

Here are some board games that I am utilizing in my homeschool program with my son that you might find helpful if you are raising and, or educating a highly-distractible child.

1. The Memory Game by Milton Bradley: This simple game helps increase concentration skills and memory. Players are required to match their cards with others that are turned face down. If your child turns a card face up and it doesn’t match your card, you child has to put the card back face down. The challenge for your child is to remember the cards that have been put back down, so he/she can pair them with your cards when matches come up. Whoever gets the most matches wins.

2. Checkers: Checkers works well for highly-distractible children. The game is relatively simple, yet it calls upon one’s decision making skills, impulse control skills and focus. The challenge is to get your men from your end of the board to your opponent’s end. What children learn over time is that if they pay attention and think ahead about where they want to go while anticipating the roadblocks, they will eventually get their men to the other side.

3. Simon Says: Although not a board game Simon Says is the ultimate follow directions and pay attention game. One person is Simon and the rest of the children stand in a line facing Simon. Then ‘Simon’ calls out instructions like this, “Simon says Shake your head.” Everyone else has to shake their head. If the ‘Simon’ calls out an instruction without saying “Simon says” then everyone should ignore the instruction. If you don’t follow a Simon says instruction you are out. If you do follow an instruction that doesn’t have Simon says on it you are also out. Additionally it allows children to move their bodies.

4. Mother May I: Although not a board game either, this popular playground game helps kids learn to ask permission, control impulses and follow directions. In this game one person is chosen to be “Mother”. You can use the term “Father” as well. Everyone else must stand in a line facing the person a short distance away. The purpose of the game is for players to get close enough to touch Mother. But players can only move following the instructions given by Mother. If you forget to say “Mother May I?” or don’t follow the directions as instructed by Mother you have to go back to the start. The first one to reach Mother becomes the next Mother.

Concrete Resurfacing Unique Solutions For Your Next Home Improvement Project – 5 Places Where

What would you say to a unique, cost effective alternative to remodeling any room in your home that could integrate almost any of your interior design ideas? How would you feel about not having to search for that “perfect” piece of granite or that “exact” color of paint or even the right size tile to fit a particular space or project?

Take concrete resurfacing indoors. This wonderfully artistic, one of a kind application combining durability and functional-artwork, known mostly for outdoor living spaces including driveways, walk ways, patios and outdoor kitchen/living spaces is not just for the outdoors .

If you are looking to upgrade, remodel or renovate, consider utilizing concrete resurfacing. The sealed durability of concrete outweighs both function and longevity of most surfaces that you might be considering. Tile and stone looks can be achieved customizing your design ideas on just about any surface in any room of your house.

Kitchen renovations are among the costliest and although there is no getting around appliance costs, there can be savings to be found in counter tops, back- splashes, walls and flooring. Stone and tile can be replicated at a fraction of the cost by using concrete resurfacing techniques creating custom applications integrating your unique color, texture and design ideas.

Resurfacing techniques using a thin overlay product can be used with little or no preparation to existing tile, linoleum, Formica or wood. Concrete resurfacing takes days rather than weeks or months for installation and when you take into consideration the time and efforts saved in shopping around for tile, paint, that exact piece of granite, not to mention the continually rising fuel costs, you are looking at significant overall cost savings.

Bath renovations are the next costly renovations in home improvement. As with kitchens, although there are not as many appliances/fixtures to replace, there is still a considerable savings to be had using concrete resurfacing. If your bath or shower needs replacing, your imagination is your limitation in deciding the colors and textures that you would like to create! Don’t stop there, carry it through to the walls and floors and while you are at it, resurface your vanity.

Let your dining room take on the old world look of Tuscany, with walls a rough stucco surface in warm inviting melds of yellows and oranges. Create floor tiles that compliment your walls, on the diagonal, mosaic, or 24″ with a contrasting boarder. Create a pattern for your dinning room set on the floor or ceiling (or both if you choose) that pulls in the colors from your kitchen or spills into the colors and style that you are creating for your living room.

Are you looking for a game room, sports bar, or multi-media room feel in your family room? Again, your imagination is your only limitation. Not only floors and walls- think flat surfaces such as tables and bars. Checker and chess boards or for that matter most any gaming table can be created with resurfacing. Basement rooms; what about sketching in a hop scotch, four square or basketball court, creating a fun, functional, decorative space?

For an ongoing dialog on the what, where and how of concrete resurfacing, look for the series on unique solutions for your home improvement projects on, we are constantly finding new and innovative ways to use these techniques!

Enjoy Pavilion Board Games With Your Loved Ones

There are so many ways in order to improve a child’s growth and development. Of course we want all the best for our children so that they will grow smart and intelligent. Being good in academics is not enough because there also other helpful educational activities that you can encourage your child to engage in like Pavilion board games. I recommend this to parents who want their child to develop an alert mind and improve logical thinking. This is way better than making your kids watch some television programs because even though they also gain knowledge from just merely watching, it is considered a passive learning.

Children should have a balance in their life. It is not advisable that we let them focus only in one area of their life for example academics. They need to have extracurricular activities as well. They also need some nurturing and when they are at home, let us discourage them to be too absorbed in computers or television. These technological advances that we have at home steal our time from our children. However, we can always do something about it like finding an interesting activity that we can share with them and such activity can both be entertaining and educational.

Pavilion board games are created in order to challenge people. Playing it entails a lot of analytical skills. This is actually a good mental exercise that you and your kids can do. Aside from this, there are other board games that you can play like the monopoly, scrabble and Chinese checkers. And what is good about these board games is that you can all play them indoor so when it is pouring rain outside, you can all gather inside and relax over a good board game of Pavilion. That way you will still have some form of a family entertainment.

It is not only sports that you can enjoy doing together with your kids but also indoor activities like the Pavilion board game. If sports promote good physical exercise, indoor board games also enhance mental exercise. It is always good that you have something to share and enjoy. There is a god reason why you should buy a set for your family because it will not only entertain them, it will also promote bonding and hone the mental skills not only of your children but yours as well. You can do this during weekends for example when you do not have any more work to do and assignments that your children have to make.