epending on how creative you feel, you might make this a project with your child:
One of my clients had bought a a writing board at the local hardware store, to which magnets would stick. She then bought magnetic letters and animal shapes of various sizes, to arrange on the board. A fun idea, and incentive for the child to participate in playing the game!
You can even just use your refrigerator for this, though it’s more fun if you let some anticipation build up by taking your child shopping. Participation creates pride and interest, keep that in mind.
Take a look at this, as another example:
It’s magnetized letters, available here on Amazon.com.
You could do a little shopping, depending on the child’s age, for simple animal shapes, or take the letter idea further, with ones with varying sizes. You can create easily re-arranged custom Snellen charts, right on your fridge! At a cost of just a few dollars, it allows for creativity and fun while we play the focus game.
Let’s move on, to just that, now:
You want to encourage the child to push focus. Easiest way to do that is to move back (let’s use the fridge example here), until the child can’t quickly tell you what shape or letter he/she is looking at. Measure that distance, maybe put down a piece of masking tape on the floor at the child’s feet, to easily get to that spot again.
Now, encourage the child to make out the letters or animal shapes. No squinting, but blinking is ok! Ten minutes of this is plenty to work on focusing.
Keep in mind that the active focus distance is