Games for Kids with ADHD or ADD

Playing games with kids who have ADHD is a great way to work on their focusing, attention and listening skills. I’m not talking about video games, but board games. I have personally played most of these games with my son and find that they work well. This is a growing list, and I will republish when I update it.

  1. Original Memory: This game requires the child to match pictures. The game begins with all the pictures upside down. The child turns over two cards and if they don’t match, he turns them back over. He continues until all the cards are matched. This game requires the child to pay attention! :)
  2. Guess Who?: Remember this game? I have the older version, but I plan to buy the newer version this Christmas. Guess Who? is a game that requires the child to use critical thinking skills. The reason I find this game interesting and useful for ADHD is because my son really has to think about what I am saying to him. Let me explain. For example, he will ask me, “mom is your person a boy?”. Let’s say my card is a girl, I will say, “no”. This means he has to close the cards that are boys. He gets stumped every time and has messed up a few games because he closes the wrong cards. In this case, he might close the girls instead, which he should have turned over the boys.
  3. Monopoly: If your child is young, you might assume this game is too difficult. I think that your child will love to play this game no matter how young! There are Monopoly Junior versions available also, which are still loads of fun. Monopoly is a long and intensive game. I think this game actually helps focus attention assuming the child likes the game.
  4. Qwirkle Board Game: I have never played this game before, but after reading the Amazon reviews, it sounds like a great game for the younger kids. Many kids who have ADHD are great at strategy games, and this is suppose to be a great strategy game.
  5. Checkers or Chess: My son gets a little frustrated with Checkers, but some kids love it.
  6. Scrabble: This game is good for older children as well as younger children who are learning how to spell. In fact, it’s probably great practice to help kids who are learning to read.

What games do you think should be on the list that is not?

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