Have you ever felt like you spend more time preparing an activity than the children spend playing with it? When I was a new mum, I spent so much time and effort creating activities that felt like they were played with for seconds. The prep time and mess clear up took twice as long as the actual play. Read on to find out more details about attention span by age:
This is a collation of source materials so please see below for further information about each age group.
Average Attention Span By Age Group:
8 – 15 months
At this age, the expected attention span on a particular activity is a minimum of one minute but any new activity or event – such as the phone ringing or a sibling entering the room will be distracting and cause baby to lose focus.
16 – 19 months
As your child gets older, they may be able to focus their attention on a specific activity for 2-3 minutes but visual or verbal disturbance will likely cause them to lose their concentration.
20 – 24 months
As your child approaches their second birthday, they can focus on an activity either with or without an adult for 3-6 minutes. However, they still remain distracted by sounds and other outside influences which causes them to lose track of the activity.
25 – 36 months
Between the ages of 2-3, your child can pay attention to an activity for 5-8 minutes. They also start to shift attention from an adult speaking to them, then back to the activity in hand, if prompted to do so.
3 – 4 years
By the age of 3, your child can usually attend to an activity for 8-10 minutes, and then alternate total attention between the adult talking to them and the activity they are doing independently.
When interested in an activity, a child can stay on task for around 10-15 minutes at a time. They tend to filter out small distractions that are happening around them. In class, difficult, independent activities should be a maximum of 10 minutes.
With all of this being said, please see a paediatrician if you do have concerns over your child’s concentration span.