29 Fun Activities to Help Kids Focus (With Proven Results)

Girl sitting outside in the grass juggling which is one of the 29 simple activities to help kids focus.

Liam’s parents were puzzled. Their bright 2nd grader was struggling to keep his focus in class. He’d come home, all eager to share about his day. But when it came to assignments, his mind wandered off like a kite in the wind. His teacher suggested trying fun games and activities that could enhance his focus.

With a summer break ahead, his parents thought it was the perfect time to help Liam hone his focus. They looked for fun yet educational activities that could hold his short attention span. 

And to their delight, they found different ways to help Liam focus better, transforming learning into an exciting journey!

Understanding Focus

Before we dive into the best activities to help kids focus, let’s understand what focus means.

– What is Focus?

Focus is like a spotlight for your brain. When you focus, you spotlight one specific task and keep your brain’s attention there. It’s how your child can listen to a story, draw a picture, or even remember to brush their teeth before bed.

But focus and concentration can be a tough nut to crack for many kids, especially those with special needs. 

Some days, their attention is on everything except what’s in front of them. And on others, they might struggle to stay on task for any amount of time. This can make learning a bit of a mountain to climb.

The summer break (or any school break) and the increased screen time have exacerbated this issue. Consequently, many children have seen a regression in their academic performance and concentration difficulties when school resumes.

– Why is Focus Important?

  • Focus helps your child learn new things and remember them later.
  • It helps young children follow directions and complete tasks.
  • With focus, it’s easier to solve problems and make decisions.

– Attention Skills Differ by Child

Here’s an important thing to remember. Focus isn’t the same for every kid. Just like some kids are taller and some kids are shorter, some kids find it easy to focus, and others find it hard. 

This is especially true for kids with special needs. 

– Why Does Focus Vary?

  • The attention span of a child differs by the child’s age. 
  • Every child’s brain is unique and develops at its own pace.
  • Some kids naturally have a sharper focus, while others need some help.
  • A child with a disability might find it extra challenging to keep their energy level up, which can cause a lack of focus. 

These challenges can be daunting, but don’t worry! There are many ways to help your child improve their focus. The key is to find activities that are fun and gradually train your child’s brain to stay on task. 

By incorporating some of these specific activities into your child’s summer break, you can help improve your child’s concentration before school starts in the fall. 

Remember, every kid can improve their focus with patience, practice, and the right activities. 

Physical Activities to Help Kids Focus

Did you know physical activities are a great way to boost your child’s focus? Moving around helps shake off extra energy and clears their mind. Plus, these activities are a ton of fun! Here are some physical activities you can try.

#1 Sports

Playing a sport is like a workout for both the body and mind. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, or baseball, your child must focus on the rules, the ball, and their teammates.

Benefits

  • Improves concentration on a goal
  • Boosts coordination and attention to details
  • Builds teamwork skills

Check out these Benefits Of Taekwondo. It might just be the sport your child needs. 

#2 Yoga for Kids

Yoga can seem slow, but it’s all about focus! Kids’ yoga often includes fun poses that imitate animals and nature.

Benefits

  • Teaches kids to focus on their body movements
  • It helps control their breathing
  • Promotes mindfulness and calmness

#3 Dance Routines

Whether it’s a choreographed dance or just free movement to music, dancing is a perfect way to help kids focus on rhythm, steps, and timing.

Benefits

  • Enhances memory and recall
  • Improves coordination
  • Boosts attention to rhythm and timing

#4 Fun Physical Games Like Red Light/Green Light and Simon Says

These focus games are a perfect activity to burn off excess energy. They’re also about following directions and paying attention to the small details. 

Benefits

  • Helps kids focus on instructions
  • Boosts their reaction time
  • Enhances impulse control

#5 Musical Chairs

This fast-paced game is all about focus and quick decisions. Plus, it’s a lot of fun at parties or family game nights!

Benefits

  • Improves attention to sound cues
  • Boosts quick decision-making skills
  • Enhances agility and physical coordination

#6 Freeze Games

Concentration games like “Freeze Dance” or “Statues” are about movement and sudden stillness. These movement breaks require concentration skills and control.

Benefits

  • Boosts control over impulses
  • Enhances listening skills
  • Improves attention span

#7 Jump Rope

A simple jump rope can be a great activity for improving focus. Your child will need to concentrate on timing their jumps right.

Benefits

  • Enhances timing and coordination
  • Boosts concentration
  • Improves physical endurance

#8 Obstacle Course

Create a simple obstacle course in your backyard. Once your child has been through it a few times, a good idea is to have them create a new, more challenging one. 

Then, see if your child can beat their best time. Navigating through different obstacles requires focus and determination. I bet this keeps them off their electronic devices for a long time! 

Benefits

  • Boosts problem-solving skills
  • Enhances physical coordination
  • Improves attention to details

#9 Juggling

Yes, juggling! Start with two soft balls or beanbags, especially for younger children. It’s okay if they drop them. Remember, it’s all about practice.

Benefits

  • Enhances hand-eye coordination
  • Boosts concentration
  • Improves timing and rhythm

Remember, the goal of these daily activities isn’t to become an athlete or a dancer but to have fun while improving focus. Let’s move on to some brain-stimulating activities next!

Memory Games for Improving Strong Focus

Alright, it’s time to give your child’s brain a workout! Memory games are like push-ups for your child’s attention span. These simple activities will challenge your child’s cognitive abilities in their free time. 

#10 Jigsaw Puzzles

Putting a puzzle together requires concentration and patience, making it an excellent tool for improving focus.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to details
  • Boosts problem-solving skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence

#11 Matching Games

Matching games, like memory, force your child to remember where certain cards are, improving their concentration and memory.

Benefits

  • Enhances memory recall
  • Improves visual attention
  • Promotes strategic thinking

Try this free Beach Printable Memory Matching Game

#12 Simon

The electronic game Simon challenges players to remember and repeat a sequence of colors and sounds in a set time. This classic game provides an excellent workout for focus and memory.

Benefits

  • Enhances memory recall
  • Improves attention to details
  • Boosts reaction time

#13 Board Games Like Chess or Checkers

These classic board games require strategy and attention to detail. They are both great options for an older child. 

Benefits

  • Boosts strategic thinking
  • Enhances attention to multiple elements
  • Promotes patience and planning
  • Opportunities to practice social skills

#14 Card Games

From “Go Fish” to “Crazy Eights,” card games require attention and strategy, making them excellent for attention improvement.

Benefits

  • Enhances memory recall
  • Promotes strategic thinking
  • Improves attention span
  • Great game for social interaction

#15 I Spy

Your child can play this simple game anywhere. It encourages kids to focus on their surroundings in detail. You can even play this on road trips

Benefits

  • Boosts attention to details
  • Enhances visual observation skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence

#16 Battleship

Battleship requires strategy and concentration, making it a fun and engaging way to boost focus in older students.

Benefits

  • Enhances strategic thinking
  • Boosts attention to grid reference
  • Promotes patience and planning

#17 Sudoku, Crossword Puzzles, or Word Searches

These brain-boosting games can be adapted for kids and are great tools to improve focus and cognitive skills.

Benefits

  • Enhances problem-solving skills
  • Boosts attention to details
  • Promotes patience and persistence

Check out these Sight Words Wordsearch Puzzles for Kids

#18 Spot the Difference

In this game, kids must find differences between two similar pictures, which requires a keen eye and concentration.

Benefits

  • Boosts attention to details
  • Enhances visual observation skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence

#19 LEGO or Car Building Kits

Building LEGO or model car kits, like putting together puzzles, requires focus and attention to detail. 

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to details
  • Boosts problem-solving skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence

Now that we’ve covered some physical and mental games let’s move on to activities that tap into your child’s creative expression. 

Artistic Activities to Improve Focus

Art has a magical way of drawing us in and helping us focus. It’s not just about creating something beautiful but also about pouring attention and care into a project. Here are some artistic activities that can help your child improve their focus.

#20 Painting and Drawing

Whether your child is finger painting or doodling, painting, and drawing require attention to detail and patience.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to details
  • Promotes patience and precision
  • Boosts imagination and creativity

#21 Sculpting with Clay

Molding clay into different shapes requires concentration and fine motor skills.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to shape and form
  • Boosts fine motor skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence
  • It is an excellent activity for your child’s sensory needs

#22 Making Music

Playing an instrument or even just making sounds with household objects can improve concentration and coordination.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to rhythm and sound
  • Boosts coordination
  • Promotes memory and recall

#23 Acting

Drama games and role-play require kids to focus on their roles, cues, and other actors. Many local theaters have summer programs for kids. 

My son still remembers some of his lines from playing an Oompa Loompa in a summer theater performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when he was six. 

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to social cues
  • Boosts memory recall
  • Promotes empathy and understanding

#24 Digital Design

Creating digital art or animations on a computer or tablet is a modern way to improve focus and tech skills.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to details
  • Boosts tech skills
  • Promotes creativity and imagination

#25 Photography

Photography requires kids to focus on details, framing, and timing. This is an excellent hobby for your teen that can become a career they love. 

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to visual details
  • Boosts patience and precision
  • Promotes creativity

#26 Origami

This traditional art form requires focus and fine motor skills to fold paper into intricate designs.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to steps and sequence
  • Boosts fine motor skills
  • Promotes patience and precision

#27 Knitting, Crochet, or Needlepoint

These crafts require attention to patterns and coordination.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to pattern and sequence
  • Boosts fine motor skills
  • Promotes patience and persistence

Check out these different themed lacing cards

#28 Writing Poetry

Writing different types of poetry can boost focus, language skills, and emotional expression.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to language and rhythm
  • Boosts creativity and emotional expression
  • Promotes memory and recall

#29 Woodworking Projects

Simple woodworking projects for kids can improve focus, coordination, and satisfaction with creating something tangible.

Benefits

  • Enhances attention to steps and safety
  • Boosts coordination and planning
  • Promotes patience and persistence

Remember, the goal isn’t to become a professional artist but to have fun and improve focus along the way. 

Factors Affecting Focus in Kids

Just like a puzzle, many pieces come together to affect your child’s ability to focus. Some pieces are within their control, while others might need your help. Let’s take a quick look at these factors. 

-Distractions

Distractions are like little signals that try to move your child’s brain spotlight off its target. They can come from anywhere – the TV in the next room, a pet running around, or thoughts in their own head.

Common Distractions

  • Noisy environments
  • Busy visual surroundings
  • Thoughts about other fun things they could be doing

– Health and Wellness

Just like a car needs fuel to run, your child’s brain needs the proper care to think. This includes good food, enough sleep, and regular exercise.

Health Factors

  • Lack of proper sleep
  • Poor nutrition
  • Insufficient physical activity

– Special Needs

Children with special needs might have a more challenging time focusing. They can still focus but might need extra help or time.

Special Needs Factors

Helping Your Child Stay Focused

Having a list of activities is great, but how can you ensure your child stays focused while doing them? Don’t worry; we have you covered! 

Here are some ways to support your child and keep them on track.

– Implementing a Consistent Routine

Just like adults, kids work best with a routine. Set up a schedule that includes time for focus activities.

  • Keep the schedule visible, like on a chart or calendar
  • Try to stick to the exact times each day for focus activities

– Creating a Distraction-Free Environment

It’s hard to focus when a lot is going on around. Ensure your child has a quiet, clutter-free space for their focus activities.

  • Use a quiet room or corner away from the TV or noisy games
  • Keep the space clean and organized

– Encouraging Your Child to Follow Through Until Complete

Starting is easy, but finishing can be challenging. Encourage your child to complete one activity before moving on to the next.

  • Break more significant tasks into smaller parts
  • Remind them of how great it feels to finish something

– Positive Reinforcement and Rewards

Everyone loves praise and rewards! Recognize your child’s efforts and achievements to motivate them.

  • Use kind words and high-fives to celebrate
  • Set up a reward system, like stickers or extra playtime

– Proper Nutrition and Hydration

The right food and drinks can boost your child’s brain power and focus.

  • Offer healthy snacks like fruits and nuts
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water

– The Importance of Good Sleep

Sleep is essential for focus. Make sure your child gets enough sleep every night.

Combined with the activities discussed, these strategies can help your child improve their focus. It takes time, so be patient and keep cheering on your child! They’ll get better and better with practice.

Next Steps

Focus is like a superpower for your child’s learning and growth. It’s vital for kids with special needs, but all kids can benefit from boosting their focus. 

Focus is the key that unlocks the door to understanding new ideas, remembering information, and solving problems.

These activities to help kids focus are just the starting point. There are so many more possibilities!

Remember, it’s not about being perfect or getting it right the first time. It’s about practice and progress. While fun, these activities can help children concentrate better, enhancing their academic performance and overall cognitive development.

So why not get started today? You might even find that you have fun, too!

And if you need more help or resources, we’re here for you. Our website has many resources to support you and your child. We’re on this journey together, so let’s make the most of it!

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Girl sitting outside in the grass juggling which is one of the 29 simple activities to help kids focus.
Is your child struggling to concentrate? Try these 29 simple but fun activities to help kids focus and stay on task.
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