7 Effective Games & Activities To Handle Hyperactive Kids

High-Energy ChildIs your child hyperactive? Almost every other parent would respond in affirmative.

But before you think you can boast of this quality of your child, let’s try to understand it better.

Instability and inattentiveness make it difficult to handle hyperactive kids and more often you see them bouncing from activity to activity with seemingly limitless energy and ease.

You see, a hyperactive kid may have problems 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,’. It’s just that he/she may just need little more attention and patience to channelise their energy and thought-process.

Here’s how you spot hyperactivity in kids:

  • Hyperactive kids have difficulty in listening to or following directions.
  • They can’t sit back in their seats and move around a lot.
  • They talk too much or interrupt other people’s conversations.
  • Hyperactive kids fail to follow instructions or do a step-by-step routine.
  • They are impulsive, overenthusiastic and bouncing with energy.
  • They can easily become worried, frustrated, angry, and sad.

Hyperactivity is related to the brain. Hence, 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. Wondering how? We have a few tips that will help you deal with hyperactive kids better.

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5 Easy Ways To Handle Hyperactive Kids

1. Channelise Their Energy

Playing with activitiesFind means to vent their energy and calm their minds. Children need to run around and play a lot.

Invest in classes that help them use up their energy, physical activity, and soothe the mind.

You can also get your child activity boxes 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 company is Flintobox. They make theme-based activity boxes for children between 2 to 16 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.

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

7 Games & Activities To Keep Hyperactive Kids Busy And Motivated:

Karate/Martial Arts To Channelise Energy

‘Karate’ means empty-handed.

When kids learn karate, they do different postures that help in channelising 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 Activity

Playing FootballOutdoor sports like football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and badminton are great games 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.

However, 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 Mind

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 also to be a team player.

Swimming For Self-Discipline

Swimming Another effective activity is swimming. 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 also helps the kids to take personal challenges ,and hone their public-speaking skills.

Nature Trails To Soothe The Body

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 great exercises for the brain.

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

These types of games are ideal for kids with short-attention-span and high energy as it helps them build their confidence and interest.

Please note: Let’s understand so much, not all active kids are hyperactive. Hyperactivity is different.

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 Indiatimes.com, Education Times, Economic Times, Mumbai Mirror, Times Property, other publications and corporate websites. Follow on Twitter @ektabhatnagar


  • Sharon Pabiania

    May 23, 2020 - 7:19 pm

    My child is only 1year and 6.os buts seem showing as a hyperctive kid. I am worried what will happen if time comes that i send her to school. Do i need to see a doctor? Pls advice.

  • Mohammed Rizwan

    March 29, 2020 - 12:55 am

    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 without looking at mobile he is not eating. He still didn’t start speaking. he only tell papa and mama only two words. please need suggestion.

  • Keerthi

    March 23, 2020 - 11:49 am

    Excellently covered topic
    I think this the best way to handle the hyper active kids. thanks for your advice.

  • Seema koolwal

    March 7, 2020 - 12:43 pm

    My son is 12 years old .He is good in studies .He respects everyone .He talks politely .But in school he is hyperactive .Teachers say he disturbs the class n interrupts .He yells in between .
    He is a hyperactive child .How I should deal with him .

  • Probir Bidhan

    February 29, 2020 - 12:23 am

    Thanks to the writer for this informative article. My 5yr old boy is also hyperactive but I’m not worried about him as he’s very brilliant and has sharp sense. His nerves are active. He learns fast. In a whole, I think the freedom that I’ve been giving him for the last few years is giving good results: hyperactivity is better than stubbornness or dumbness, I believe. And having a different (traditionally unsocial) child is very normal. Remember: every human being is unique. Don’t make them traditional elements; let them grow as per their brain’s capability and their surroundings. Don’t worry, be happy. Love and peace.

  • Shree l b

    January 26, 2020 - 10:52 pm

    My child is hyper active.he is 5years old. He has so much of energy that he keeps jumping always interruping others when theyare talking. But he has got good memory power and also good in studies butneeds to concentrate. How can i help him to come out of this. Pls suggest me.

  • mridula

    January 15, 2020 - 12:37 pm

    Hello…My son is 4 years old and he is newly admitted in playgroup. But he is always in playing games in playground. He sits in the class for 5 to 10 min. But when he is home with me he has full concentration on study and he knows much more then a 4 years baby knows. He is well disciplined, well mannered , he response in the class and he never hit other baby. But i cannot make his concentration in sitting in the class. Even his class teacher and principal is very much cooperative. Help me out.

  • Sonu

    December 8, 2019 - 10:54 am

    My child is 9 years old as u told my child is not listen properly, can’t sit one side very rash talking now a days not concentrate for his studies… I m very tensed any good idea here?

  • Chameer Ross

    November 29, 2019 - 8:20 pm

    I have a six year old son, and i share custody with his father. I live in a different state, so i have been parenting via phone or video chat. My son is is very hyperactive, and i find it difficult to keep his interest when have our mommy son time every day over the phone. Ìve tried reading, role playing, and using our imaginations, but it always ends with him wanting me too watch him play his video game. Are there other ways to keep his attention over the phone, and have fun with it as well?

  • S.k

    November 16, 2019 - 8:56 am

    Hi my son is five years old and he not listening and and sit down in school in class room and at home running always time. Hitting other kids in school. I can’t taken my boy in gathering. Plz tell me.

  • Sangeetha

    October 3, 2019 - 6:34 pm

    I had a girl of 5 years she will say only english words that to which has she has watched in youtube not giving proper attention and noy getting speech fast

  • Swati Patil

    August 2, 2019 - 2:06 pm

    My child is 12 year old. He never complete his class work & home work & not concentrate at all what should do?

  • Shinjini Chatterjee

    July 30, 2019 - 8:26 pm

    Hi I’m shinjini Chatterjee from India.My 9yrs daughter is too much hyperactive, stubborn, doesn’t listen to us, shouting a lot,moody.But she is good in studies, drawing.For her only I left my job.we are very worried about her.please suggest us how to deal with her.

  • Raghunathan S

    July 25, 2019 - 10:59 am

    Its.vwry much useful and more informative things. Looked it and also ifolllow the same to my child.

  • Visha

    July 11, 2019 - 2:12 pm

    My 20 month old is hyperactive and does not concentrate on anything for long. he does not want to be held even for a minute. he just wants to run around and explore things. He hasnt even started speaking yet. me and my husband both are working how can we manage the situation?

  • Ravi

    June 28, 2019 - 9:46 pm

    Hi my son is 7 year old and he is hyperactive and angry when he is in that situation he don’t listen to any one and keep shouting and demanding for the things so how to handle such situations

  • Sukhpreet kaur

    May 31, 2019 - 8:22 am

    My child is hyperactive which type of games can he play for concentration,attention and developing new things he is 7 years old

  • Sarayu

    March 6, 2019 - 3:57 pm

    I think this the best way to handle the hyper active kids. thanks for your advice.

  • Tapiwa

    February 26, 2019 - 12:04 pm

    Thank you for article. I have learnt a lot from it. I have a six year old boy. He is able to learn very fast and can read and spell excellently. He needs to improve on his attention and speech. Here in Africa it is very difficult to get schools that cater for such children. I have enrolled him in a mainstream school but it not quite working for him. I am now considering home schooling as he is not fitting with the environment. Help me about that.

  • 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

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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 – https://flintobox.com/blog/parenting/terrible-twos-toddler-temper-tantrums

    • 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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