Engaging in activities that are fun, interactive, and help channel energy in a positive way can be beneficial for children with ADD and ADHD.
Children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often find satisfaction from activities that help them focus their attention, release excess energy, and develop self-control.
While the best activities may vary for each child, here’re some easy-to-do options.
1. Physical exercise
Physical activities are excellent for channelling excess energy and improving focus. Encourage your child to participate in sports, martial arts, swimming, dancing, or any other physical activities they enjoy. Regular exercise helps regulate neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to improved attention and mood.
Keep active by doing these fun exercises, even during the holidays.
2. Outdoor play
Spending time in nature can have a calming effect on children. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, playing in a park, or exploring in nature provide opportunities for physical movement and sensory stimulation, which can focus attention and reduce hyperactivity.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of daily city life? Escape to nature.
3. Team sports
Participating in team sports can teach children with ADHD valuable skills, such as teamwork. Sports like soccer and netball offer structured environments where children can learn to follow rules and manage impulsivity.
4. Mindfulness and yoga
Mindfulness exercises and yoga can help children with ADD and ADHD develop greater self-awareness and improve their ability to focus and regulate their emotions. These activities can include deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, or meditation techniques designed for children.
Engaging in artistic activities, such as drawing, painting or crafting, can provide an outlet for self-expression and creativity. These activities allow children to focus their attention, enhance fine motor skills, and experience a sense of accomplishment.
6. Music and dance
Music and dance can help children improve their concentration and coordination. Learning to play a musical instrument, participating in a choir, or taking dance classes can provide structure, rhythm and a positive outlet for their energy.
7. Structured games and puzzles
Board games, puzzles and activities that require focused attention and problem-solving skills can be super helpful. These activities offer structure, help develop cognitive skills, and encourage sustained attention.