4 Ways to Focus a Fidgety Child

Babysitting a child that has difficulty focusing or never stops moving? Try these activities to keep your kids active, busy, and focused.

  1. Try making necklaces or bracelets. Making jewelry is a creative way to keep kids entertained for hours. With beaded jewelry, the kids can pick out their own colors and can slowly string along each bead. This is not only a great sensory activity but is also good for counting. String bracelets are also an endless activity that can be tailored towards all different ages and abilities! Different patterns and strategies are a great way to get kids to focus and keep their hands busy.


  1. Playdough or Moon Sand. This sensory activity not only feels satisfying, but also can keep kids entertained for hours. After they get tired of the plain old molds and building, you can turn it into a game. Who can make a lion first or make a game of Pictionary?


The best thing about play dough is that if you don't happen to have any on hand, you can make it yourself. Just mix together:

1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of salt
1/2 cup of water
3-5 drops of food coloring

  1. Painting Rocks. This is a great way to get kids out of the house. You can take a walk in a local park or neighborhood to find nice size rocks or seashells to paint with anything their creative minds can dream up. These can be stress buddies or gifts for friends.


  1. Cooking. Dessert is always a fun and easy thing to do with kids. You can do some research on what you want to make first. Shopping for ingredients and measuring can be a great way to teach math skills. Whisking and pouring can be messy but fun. Once the cupcakes or cookies come out, the kids can decorate them with the you and then the best part, they can eat them.


It is often very hard to keep children entertained for long periods of time but these activities are examples of things that can keep kids engaged. The best thing about these activities is that they can be modified for age, ability, and number of children that you are caring for. These activities are also either cheap or free and are available to do in just about any space!

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New York
Nicolette Carbonetto is a Nanno caregiver in New York and a sophomore at Pace University. She is pursing a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in special education.