Young children get quickly distracted by a toy or fun activity and simply forget. They can appear to be listening when in fact they are not paying attention at all. Not listening or tuning the parent or teacher out can become a habit. A big part of getting your child to listen is learning how to give simple, clear instructions.
To help young children learn how to follow and remember instructions use the following ideas:
Here is a simple game you can play with your child to help them follow and remember instructions:
Simon Says is a great game to get your child to listen - To play the game you instruct the child to do certain tasks beginning each instruction with "Simon Says". For example - "Simon Says touch your toes", "Simon says touch something red", "Simon Says jump up and down". The idea is that if you do not say "Simon says" in front of the instruction the child must not do it. For example if you say "Touch your nose" the child must not do it. Children really have to listen to not get caught out.
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