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Telephone

This age-old game can be used to teach attentiveness. Divide the class into two teams. The same phrase is given to the first student on each team. Have each team race to see how fast the phrase can be whispered from student to student. See how different the ending...

Memory

We’ve all played the memory game with a deck of cards. Several pairs of cards are shuffled together and then laid out upside down in a grid. The students take turns turning over 2 cards to find the matches. They need to pay attention when the other students are...

Directions Test

Attentiveness Quiz – Click to download The following test is another old activity but can be effective if the students haven’t seen it yet. Give this test to the students and see how many of them read all the instructions first. Read everything before doing...

Tips for Teaching Attention

Hugs and Bubbles Want to get your students attention? Try Hugs and Bubbles. Teach your students that whenever they hear Hugs and Bubbles, they are to give themselves a big hug and puff out their cheeks with air as if they have bubbles in their mouth. If they are...

Scramble your Senses

Mr. (or Mrs.) Potato Head has removable parts that are related to all 5 senses. Use a Mr. Potato Head to set up some games to focus on each of the senses. They can be activities that deprive a sense (remove his eyes if you are using blindfolds) or focus on a sense...

Threadbare

For this activity, you will need two Popsicle sticks or small twigs, and a couple spools of thread. Students can pair up, or this can be a small group activity. One student should hold the two sticks in front of them, while another student ties one circle of thread...

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