When it comes to kids with ADHD, you sometimes need to branch away from typical toy or game choices or find the mainstream products that will still work for them. Kids with ADHD often have a hard time focusing unless they’re really into an activity, so games that come with a lot of setup and instruction may not be the best choice. Similarly, some virtual games may not be a great fit either, as they can tend to cause overwhelming stimulation with all their graphics and sounds.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of games out there, virtual and non, that are a great fit for kids with ADHD. These are games that are simple at their basics, but that evoke attention and engage the minds of their players. Keep reading to find out what some of the best ADHD games for kids are, particularly in the virtual sphere.
From Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, comes the game Bad Piggies (basically Angry Birds in reverse, from the pigs’ point of view). This is a physics-centric puzzle solving game, as players help the pigs construct catapults and other contraptions to help the pigs travel and steal the eggs of the Angry Birds.
This is a great game for kids with ADHD because it starts simple, gradually growing in complexity and difficulty at a natural speed that won’t frustrate them. The puzzle nature of the game makes it ideal for young children expanding their minds and learning problem-solving skills. The physics component makes it even better, allowing for players to understand the way physics works in the game and therefore translate it to the real world, enhancing their understanding.
Amazing Alex is yet another physics-based game from Rovio. The game follows Alex, a young boy curious about the world around him who enjoys making gadget and machines from everyday items around the house that cause, say, an automated baseball pitch. This is a puzzle-nature game, in which players have to figure out the correct way to make all of Alex’s physics-based contraptions work.
Just like Bad Piggies, this is a great game for its puzzle nature and involvement with physics, though this game is a little more straight-forwardly aligned with this type of education and growth, making it truly one of the best ADHD games for kids.
Gardens of Time
Gardens of Time is a hidden objects game available via Facebook, so if your child is too young to have an account they may have to play through yours. This is basically a virtual, story-centric version of I Spy, in which players are responsible for finding objects in each different scene. Due to the story nature of the game, players are treated with an intriguing narrative arc involving secret societies and time travel (hence, the name).
This is one of the best game for kids with ADHD because in addition to developing visual skills, it also helps develop reading as the players read along with the story as the game progresses. Therefore, it is both visually stimulating and educationally beneficial.
Tap Tap Revolution Tour
Tap Tap Revolution Tour is the latest iteration of the Tap Tap Revolution games, a series that puts music and rhythmic timing into a game app format. The game plays a song, and as it plays glowing colorful circles trail down the screen, reaching the bottom at the time each is supposed to be tapped in accordance with the rhythm and beat of the song and when they are to be tapped.
This is a great game for developing rhythm and timing, and provides a variety of stimulating factors, from the visuals to the music to the tapping. While all this stimulation is great, it can run the risk of becoming too much. So, when your child starts playing, make sure they start on one of the easy levels instead of jumping into the harder, more fast-paced levels where they can run the risk of becoming overwhelmed.
Outside of the virtual realm, board games remain a great way to engage your kid with ADHD. Simple games with tactile pieces often work best, like Checkers, Zingo, and Chutes and Ladders. You can take other games, however, such as Clue, and modify them so that they become less complex and more manageable, then gradually add rules as they become more familiar with the game. Memory games are great, too.
That’s right— playing imaginary, pretend games is one of the best ways to engage your child with ADHD. The role playing nature of the games allow children to experience events and emotions in a safe, pseudo-environment, where they can work through their outward expression in a controlled sphere. Playing pretend is also a great way to get those imaginative juices flowing, and the only rules you need worry about are the ones they make up themselves.
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