How To Handle Hyperactive Kids: 7 Calming Games And Activities

Is your child hyperactive? Almost every other mother would respond in affirmative. But before you think you can boast of this quality of your child, let’s understand it better.

Instability and inattentiveness make it difficult to handle hyperactive kids and more often than not you see them bouncing from activity to activity with seemingly limitless energy and ease.

You see, a hyperactive kid may have problems in paying attention and sitting still in their seats. Also, they can be impulsive, which means doing things without thinking about the results.

Not a desirable trait, agree? But think about it! A hyperactive child is not ‘bad,’ he/she may just needs little more attention, patience, and activity to channelise their energy and thought-process.

Here’s how you spot hyperactivity in kids:

To make a point, hyperactivity is related to brain and so the best way to handle hyperactive kids is to make him/her relax and take things one at a time. So, help your child to pay attention, focus better, and be less hyper. We have a few tips that will help you deal with hyperactive kids better.

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5 Ways to Handle Hyperactive Kids by Engaging their Body and Mind

1. Channelise their energy

Find means to vent their energy and calm their minds. Children need to run around and play a lot. Invest in classes which help them use up their energy, physical activity, and soothe mind.

You can also get your child an activity box to help them engage meaningfully and focus on play-based activities. This will help boost their memory skills and concentration – not to forget skill development as well!

There are several companies that produce discovery boxes – one such is Flintobox. They make theme-based activity boxes for children between 2 and 12 years of age.

Each month’s theme is unique and they produce a limited number of boxes every month, you can check the boxes here.

2. Talk to your child in a simple manner

Give them your complete attention and lend an ear to their concerns, interests, and apprehensions. Also get them to make to-do lists and break down the instructions given to them.

3. Help them deal with their feelings

Children with hyperactivity find it difficult to handle anger, sadness, and worry. Help them to deal with their feelings and tell them what is good and what is bad.

4. Make them relax

Minimize distractions and screen time. Take them out to green surroundings. Just be patient, take a deep breath, be determined to calm him/her, and put his/her high energy levels to good use.

5. Behaviour therapy

Reward them for good manners, listening to you, sticking to a routine, encourage them to establish order, and let them know what is expected of him/her. The best way to deal with a hyperactive kid is to engage his mind and body and channelise their energy.

TV and video games do little to channel energy and are a major distraction.

Here are 7 Games and Activities to Keep Children With Hyperactivity Busy and Motivated:

Karate/Martial Arts To Channelise Energy

Martial Arts - Handle Hyperactive Kids - Flintobox‘Karate’ means empty-handed.

When kids learn karate, they do different postures and ways to channelise their energy.

It also helps them to concentrate and calm their minds.

Building confidence, learning to focus, and developing enhanced coordination are just a few of the benefits of martial arts for hyperactive kids.

Outdoor sports for Constant ActivityOutdoor Sports - Handle Hyperactive Kids - Flintobox

Outdoor sports like football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and badminton are great activity for hyperactive kids as there is no standing around time in these games.

Your children will be constantly moving and using large muscle groups, keeping them focused and energy-drained. They also get to learn about team spirit, sportsmanship, and competition.

If you can’t put them for any outdoor sports, make them take up running, which offers constant movement, health benefits, and a sense of accomplishment.

Music to Calm the MindMusic to calm - Handle Hyperactive Kids - Flintobox

Music is a great way to unwind after school. Music exercises both sides of the brain at the same time.

Thus, calming the brain, which in turn makes your kids multi-task and store information better.

When they are part of a band, or sing/play chorus, they learn to be a team player.

Swimming for Self-DisciplineSwimming - Handle Hyperactive Kids - Flintobox

Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 9.

He took up swimming to master a sport and vent his energy.

Swimming is a great exercise for hyperactive kids as it offers constant movement, self-discipline, and calorie-burn.

Theatre for Creative Engagement

Drama or theatre is a creative activity to engage the hyperactive kids. It needs practice, co-ordination, sharp memory, stage confidence, and people skills. It helps the kids to take personal challenges ,and hone their public-speaking skills.

Nature trails to Soothe the Body Nature Trails - Handle Hyperactive Kids - Flintobox

Nature has its own ways to soothe a hyperactive child.

And trust us, kids will love to be in natural surroundings.

Trekking, hiking, rock-climbing, rowing, etc. are great options for your bundle of high-energy.

Thinking Games

Games like scrabble, chess, matching pairs, etc. are a great exercise for brain.

These are engaging options for hyperactive kids as they make them sit in one place and concentrate.

These type of games are ideal for kids with short-attention span and high energy to build their confidence and interest.

Please note: Let’s understand so much, not all active kids are hyperactive. Hyperactivity is different. Parents need to be cautious. Please read about ADHD and hyperactivity.

Share your ideas to handle hyperactive kids in the comments section below. What do you think are other ways to reduce hyperactivity in kids?

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Ekta Sharma Bhatnagar is a writer, dreamer, and a neat-freak mom constantly trying to keep pace with her fast-growing, tech-addict kids. A proud mother of two, she is a seasoned media professional and a self-confessed Bollywood buff. Ekta has written extensively on Entertainment, Careers, Lifestyle, Interiors, and Parenting for, Education Times, Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Times Property, other publications and corporate websites. Follow on Twitter @ektabhatnagar


  • Hira Umair

    December 18, 2018 - 10:22 am

    Wow , What a lovely read . Thank you for every one who wrote this beautiful piece of information

    • Gayathri G

      December 28, 2018 - 9:03 am

      Really glad you liked this, Hira! Thank you for your feedback!

  • Audrey murice

    October 16, 2018 - 8:14 pm

    I find your advise regarding hyperactive children interesting…activities suggested too will definitely try out appropriate ones

    • Gayathri G

      October 17, 2018 - 2:40 pm

      Thank you very much, Audrey 🙂

  • Rivaa

    September 21, 2018 - 5:26 pm

    My son is two years nd two months old but he don’t concentrate on things and don’t talk but by watching you he learn sum things which he only sum time use to talk …like he learn 1 2 he sum timestimes say 1 2 nd learn name of colours yellow blue green which he sum times talk correctly sum times incorrect plz help I’m so much worried even he is also hyper active im trying him to calm down as soon as get possible plz plz help me.
    Hope you will reply .bye

  • Yasmeen

    June 24, 2018 - 3:30 pm

    I have a 2.10 yrs boy child ,he is become too stubborn ,aggressive and shouts a lot doesn’t want to listen when that phase come it’s like he wants to scream and cry loudly wants the mobile every now and than too tensed about the same please if u cud help

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    February 3, 2018 - 3:36 pm

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  • Suba

    January 15, 2018 - 10:54 am

    My son 6 yrs old. His really hyper till I do know how to control him. This message will help me to plan something.
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  • Oakridge International School

    November 28, 2017 - 10:04 am

    Children need love, Most of the Hyperactive children are suffering due to lack of attention by the parents, peer group or teachers. They lack in keeping their minds calm. We as adults need to work with them in simple manner. Relax their minds and find other means to vent out their energy.

  • Dakshit Mathur

    September 9, 2017 - 4:35 pm

    Excellently covered topic. Will be beneficial to calm your child definitely.

  • Meher khan

    March 27, 2017 - 11:16 pm

    Hi my son is 5 year old n he is too much hyper kid.I read ur article n got many things In it which can help bt main problem is dis when my kid get hyper he does nt listen any thing n just shout alot.he misbehaves each n every one .plz help me hw cn I handle wen he get angry n hyper.waiting for ur reply

    • Rakesh

      April 3, 2017 - 6:21 pm

      Hi Meher,

      Don’t worry. It’s natural for 5 year olds to display such actions and is nothing to be concerned of.

      However, you can check out this article on how to handle temper tantrum –

    • vaishnavi

      September 28, 2017 - 3:01 pm

      You can give him calming techniques lik hammock swing, bouncing both supine nd prone on therapy ball, joint compression, massage. U do all dis for three times a day. Sure u will see the difference

  • aj

    March 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    hi my 2y.o baby girl has lots of enery in regards to daily activities… she’s so impulsive but she really does has focus in watching tv and sometimes when we write stuffs like drawinh.. the only problem i got is that she wants to run around, explore and doesn’t want to be hold onto.. she got tantrums sometimes… she’s a lot of a destroyer.. she climbs furnitures always and so fast! what shall i do?

  • Varma

    July 27, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    The To-do list works. My 4 year old daughter liked it. She throws tantrums daily to finish important tasks like brushing, bathing, eating breakfast, etc. I made her a tick-able to-do list and told her to do tasks in that order. She liked it very much and then had fun brushing her teeth, taking a bath, getting dressed up and finally finish breakfast. She would do the task and happily come tick it on the list, which sounded like a game to her. In fact she did all of the them tasks much faster. She asked me a to-do list the next day

    • Sumitra

      July 27, 2015 - 4:08 pm

      Hi Varma, thank you for your feedback and for sharing!

  • Para Neelima

    July 4, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Thanks for giving nice Information.
    Its helps my kid… Because my kid was ADHA..

    • Sumitra

      July 7, 2015 - 4:17 pm

      Hi Para Neelima, thanks for sharing your feedback.

  • Melisha

    May 16, 2015 - 3:57 pm

    A diagnoised ADHD child will sometimes also need medication from a child psychiatrist. Only behaviour modification doesn’t help.

    • Sumitra

      June 25, 2015 - 4:45 pm

      Hi Melisha, thanks for your value input!

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