Category: EF Tips for Families

What are the Effects of Initial Skill Level and Socioeconomic Status on Executive Function?

What is This Study About? In this article, we discuss the study “Examining Moderators of Response to Executive Function Reflection Training: Initial Skill & Socioeconomic Status” Schubert, Erin. (2016). In the study, the researcher sought to determine why executive function (EF) training did not improve skill levels for all children who participated in it. The…

“Blink!” An Executive Function Matching Game

Parents, don’t look away too soon! This fast-paced game is full of endless possibilities for memory fun! Learn How to Play “Blink” With Your Child Now EF Activity Objective: This activity introduces mindful concentration, helping your child learn how to hold rules in their memory and exercise flexible thinking. They match cards based on color,…

Mindful Scavenger Hunt

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Are you on the hunt for a fun way to practice working memory? Search no further!   Objective: This game enhances mindful concentration, which helps your child learn to hold rules in their memory and exercise flexible thinking. Executive Function Skills Practiced: Planning:…

Stop, Go, or Go Slow?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents! This game gets the green light for fast, fun EF enhancement!  Objective: This game focuses on listening rules to enhance attention and encourage your child to think before acting. Executive Function Skills Practiced: Inhibitory Control: Your child will have to stop…

Let’s Sort It Out!

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents, need to switch up your child’s working memory practice game? This activity will have young minds sorting and switching with endless possibilities!    Objective: Improve working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility in preschoolers (3 – 4 years) through a dynamic…

Executive Function Stages and Ages

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Parents, do you wonder how EF looks at different ages? Find out in a quick read with games for any age!  Objective: In this article, we’ll examine typical EF skills by age and simple activities to support those skills. We’ll also highlight…

Do You Know What’s Missing?

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families. Have ten minutes? Turn magical moments, favorite stories, or household items into meaningful working memory practice!   Objective: This activity challenges children’s working memory and inhibitory control by having them remember a visual array of people, characters, or objects while resisting the…

Music Patterns

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families.  Parents, do you have time on your hands? If you do, put those hands together for quick pattern playtime!  Objective: This game develops and strengthens the executive function skills of selective attention, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility through clapping and tapping patterns.…

Walk the Line

This article is part of our weekly series Executive Function Tips for Families.  Step to the beat! Practicing inhibitory control can be a cakewalk with this play-anywhere game!   About the Activity: This activity introduces mindful concentration to help your child learn how to inhibit motor responses and control their body. Executive Function Skills Practiced:…