Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

Kids Focus Challenge – An Indoor Activity

(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!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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):

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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!

 Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

I didn’t give any head starts this time. At one point it looked like Cheeky Boy was going to win again:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

Here they are memorizing the items, you can see that Cheeky Boy’s focus wasn’t great at this point:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

This game was too easy for Little Miss, but Cheeky Boy struggled, just look at his concentrating face:

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

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!

Kids Focus Challenge - A Rainy Day Indoor Activity

I want to test them both some more with this last one!

Be Inspired:

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,

Jennifer x

P.S. I’m linking this up to Motivation Monday!

17 Comments
  • Ha!!! Not me I’m hopeless!!!
    What fun you all had with fun ideas!!

    May 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm
  • I think you may have missed your vocation as a primary school teacher!! My kids would really love this when they were younger

    May 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm
  • i’m away with the fairies most of the time so i’d be hopeless, especially with the tray one

    May 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Awe they are having so much fun! And what fun you must have had with them!

    May 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  • Your kiddos are so cute and love those looks of concentration!!! Priceless.
    What fun activities for them. They sure did great on the different challenges. Good mom points for you for coming up with all these different ideas!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
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    May 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm
  • Janet
    Reply

    I have no concentration!! LOL!! Those photos are so CUTE!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • Linda Reilly
    Reply

    Brilliant photos i think i will try these with my little munchkins xxx

    May 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm
  • Sharon
    Reply

    Memory challenge was called “Kim’s Game” back in my day!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 5:48 pm
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Super fun games for the children!!!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm
  • Emily
    Reply

    This sounds like such a fun game! I may have to try this game with my kids.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  • What a great idea to spend some real quality time with your children! Awesome ideas.

    May 18, 2015 at 2:01 am
  • Love those photos you’ve taken them as they do the activities…..now what was it you asked? Which about says it all! I would remember NADDA in the memory one. I don’t build towers. I’m not a lateral thinker & musically I’m deaf!!!! Sooooo….think these ones can stay with the kids!!!!

    May 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm
  • I love this post, and cheeky boy certainly lived up to his name….he done well to stay on the chair. My littlun would have been fidgeting all over the place, trying to distract his brother.

    my memory however is awful….as you will remember from the Creative Exchanges weekend, without my timetable in my hand i had no idea where I was going next LOL!

    May 19, 2015 at 12:02 am
  • Lovely ideas for a bit of focused time.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm
  • Frances
    Reply

    Let the games begin! Great idea. Looks like fun was had by all.

    May 19, 2015 at 4:03 pm
  • Great ideas! I’m working on a list of things to do when my nieces arrive for their summer visits & I just might try a memory game for FUN!

    May 21, 2015 at 3:59 am
  • karenladd
    Reply

    What a fun and educational activity for any kid! I love how each of them approached it differently and excelled in different ways. As for my own memory….it’s certainly not getting any better as the years go by!

    May 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm

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