Here is a fun physical activity ‘crossing the midline’ that helps children with their focus and school work.

Crossing the midline (imagine there is an invisible line down the centre of your body) helps with planning, sequencing and also bilateral integration.

BEES KNEES (Skill developed: Crossing midline, focus, balance, reading, writing) (2+ minutes)

  1. Stand with your legs apart and close your eyes.
  2. Now using your left hand, reach in between your legs and touch the back of your right knee.
  3. Swap and touch the back of your left knee with your right hand.
  4. Do this 10 times then touch the front of your knees with the opposite hands.
  5. Try it with your eyes open now.
  6. Now try touching your opposite feet.

Do this everyday – it doesn’t take long and helps your brain work harder so it even helps make reading easier without doing any reading!

What tricks do you have to help your kids with their focus?

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  • That is rather interesting, thank you.


  • A very interesting idea. Thank you for sharing.


  • Something so simple that can make such a big difference to the kids and their schoolwork. Great I love it


  • I will try this with Miss 5 yo as she is having hard time focusing in the class room. Thank you for sharing.


  • I love this. One of my boys finds it very hard to focus so I always make sure that we arrive early and he has some time on the playground to try and settle him to focus in class.


  • I was recommended to try exercise before school. Apparently that gives children with attention difficulties a good hour of concentration


  • Sounds interesting, will try this out with my kindergartener.


  • Interesting. I wonder if it works.


  • thank you for this suggestion. With school going back soon, we’ll be trying this for sure


  • great ideas thankyou


  • Our teacher in primary school was sport mad, but us kids had to keep score in all games which i believe is the quickest way to teach kids the 3 r’s, by combining education with sport.


  • good tips,, helpful in the future for my child


  • will definatley try this with my son he has just finished prep and they are passing him but only just, he has heaps of trouble with focus and gets distracted easily not hyperactive or anything just has a huge imagination that he runs away with sometimes.


  • Great one thanks lets see how it goes


  • Normally just say no sweets, tv or cricket until the work is done.


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