Does your child have difficulty following instructions, or become frustrated with tasks that require multiple steps like getting dressed or packing their school bag? There are several ways you can help develop their organization and planning skills at home in a fun way.
- The Rush Hour game requires planning, organization, and spatial skills to clear the traffic jam. It has a variety of levels which makes it a great addition to the family game night.
- Puzzles let children work on their motor planning while they look for pieces, and try to solve where they go.
- Connect Four is a classic game that is fun for the young and young at heart. It requires problem-solving as players visually plan their strategy to win.
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- Mazes require visual planning and fine motor control to get through the other side. There are many free mazes available online for printing.
- Following a checklist for routine tasks helps your child helps your child organize her time and break up activities into smaller steps. Bonus! Checking items off a list helps your child feel accomplished.
- Show them how to use an agenda and calendar.
- Give your child chores that include planning and sorting, like folding and putting away laundry, and loading or emptying the dishwasher.
- Practice giving your child verbal cues, using ‘first, then’ language. For example, first put away your shoes, then wash your hands.
- Embrace the shift to simplicity by regularly decluttering with your child. Teach them how to sort through and give away toys, books, and clothes that are no longer loved or in use.