Attention Games for Adults and Kids

Logic Balls

Logic Balls

This focus game for kids improves reasoning, planning, and focus skills.

Spot the Difference

Spot the Difference

Visual attention activities improve kids’ visual attention, visual scanning, and comparison skills.

Dwarf Giant

Dwarf Giant

Divided attention games like this, improve kids’ reaction control, divided attention, and focus skills.

Missed Balls

Pick Your Candy

Games for attention: This one improves reaction control, focusing, and divided attention skills.

MentalUP Focus Games for Kids improve the child's logical thinking skills. MentalUP’s online attention games are designed by teaching experts and academicians. They support the development of attention, focus, logic, reasoning, and planning skills in a fun way!

Free Attention Games for Kids

Have I Seen It or Not?

Have I Seen It or Not?

This focus game for students improves visual memory, sustained attention, and visual recognition skills.

Shadow Match

Shadow Match

Attention games online are a great way to practicing visual attention, visual scanning, and reasoning skills.

Mirror Game

Mirror Game

These kinds of attention games for kids improve visualization, visual attention, and comparison skills.

Same and Different

Same and Different

This attention training game improves sustained attention, visual recognition, and short-term memory skills.

MentalUP has many visual attention activities, online attention games, attention and focus exercises to help kids improve their cognitive skills efficiently. All of them are interesting, fun, and thought-provoking. In short, they are the best safe kids games.
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Online Attention Games to Improve Focus and Attention

follow me

Follow Me

Sustained attention activities for adults to improves sustained attention, visual tracking, and spatial memory skills.

Shape Matching

Shape Matching

This attention to detail games for adults improves visual attention, visual scanning, and comparison skills.

what changed

What Changed?

This attention exercise game improves visual attention, visual memory, and visual scanning skills.

king of the shadows

King of the Shadows

This is the most loved one among the visual scanning games for adults! It improves visual attention and visual scanning skills.

We have put the best game-like exercises for those looking for focus games or attention games online. These focus games for kids can be a fun way to put their attention skills to the test.
Moreover, MentalUP doesn't have just attention games but learning games, too. We put together some of the best example educational games for 6 year olds, games for 5 year olds, and games for 4 year olds.

Attention & Focus Exercises for Kids

There are so many focus exercises for kids that can be both beneficial and fun! Listening to the instructions, memorizing them, and playing according to these directions are excellent ways for attention development. Also, they can function as workouts for kids.

All these games are suitable for children and can be adapted as focus exercises for students in classrooms.

1. Traffic Lights

focus exercises
  • An adult moderates this game at the beginning and joins the game with the role of "the traffic light."
  • The adult stands in the opposite direction of the children to give them enough area to go and stop according to traffic lights.
  • In this game, red and green colors can have universal meanings as "go" and "stop." If you prefer more challenging visual attention exercises, you can choose different colors such as pink for the "go" direction and yellow for the "stop."
  • If children move during the stop sign or stop when they need to move, they must go back to the starting point.
  • Once all the kids understand the rules, the adult can stop playing and give them a chance to be the traffic light with different colors.

2. Freeze!

attention exercises for kids

"Freeze!" is one of the best attention exercises for kids.

  • All the kids start dancing when the music plays.
  • As soon as the music stops, all children must freeze!
  • Children can dance with funny dance moves to make this game more entertaining.

3. Peanut Butter & Jelly Balls

focus exercises for kids
  • You need two different balls for one of the most popular attention exercises for kids.
  • One ball represents peanut butter, and the other represents jelly.
  • Make children sit together in a large circle on the floor.
  • The game's primary goal is throwing the peanut butter ball and rolling the jelly ball.
  • According to these directions, the kids throw or roll the balls to a random kid from the circle.
  • The ones who receive the balls should keep doing the same.

4. Elephant Herd

exercises to help kids focus

This game is one of the fun attention exercises for students. You can improve their concentration ability with these kinds of competition games for kids.

  • The teacher asks the children, "What's that I hear?"
  • The children answer as "Elephant Stampede!"
  • The teacher asks again, "Where are they? Are they close or distant?"
  • The students say that they are far away and start to act like elephants by stamping their feet and making the sound of elephants. They must not be too loud because the elephants are in the distance.
  • When the teacher asks, "Where are the elephants?" The students keep acting as a herd and come closer. The sound of the children becomes noisier until the teacher says, "I hear that they are leaving."
  • Then the children make the sound more quietly, up to the time the teacher says the elephants are completely gone.
  • To make this focusing exercise more challenging, the teacher can group students as different animals like elephants and lions. Then, the teacher can give more complex directions like "the lions are coming, but the elephants are going away."

5. Beat the Drum

focusing exercises for kids

It is one of the most entertaining exercises to help kids focus.

  • Drum beats can represent several actions such as clapping, walking, jumping, or dancing.
  • When the children hear the fast beats, they can respond with the action you decide. When the drum beats get slower, they can make the other move you choose.
  • For example; kids can run with fast drum beats and jump with slow drum beats.

6. Simon Says

simon says game
  • One child is the leader (Simon) and decides which actions kids will do.
  • The other children listen to Simon, and when the leader says, "Simon says, meow like a cat!" they start doing it.
  • If the leader only says "meow like a cat!" without saying "Simon says," then the players shouldn't do it. The ones who do can change groups if there are two groups instead of being out until the next game.
  • To make Simon Says more challenging than other focus exercises for students, the leader can serve complex commands like "Turn around, clamp your hands, and jump three times!"

7. Go Bananas!

attention exercises

This game is an excellent exercise to make kids learn actions.

  • With the direction "Grow bananas, grow grow bananas!" Kids should raise one arm overhead. After they do it slowly, they repeat the action for the other arm.
  • "Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas!" - It's time to lower one arm, then the other.
  • When kids hear "Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas!" kids should stomp on the floor.
  • "Go bananas, go, go bananas!" Children should jump up and down and go bananas!
  • You can serve speed commands as "How slowly can we peel bananas?" to make this game more entertaining.

8. Kim’s Game

visual attention exercises

This game is one of the most excellent focus exercises for kids and even for adults!

  • Collect 20 items from the classroom or home. These can be anything like a spoon, a key, a coffee cup, etc. If you are at the school, arrange a hairpin, an eraser, a pencil, etc.
  • Children should observe these items for 30 seconds, then cover them.
  • There are two ways to play this game:
    1. You can ask the children to remember these 20 items one by one in a limited time.
    2. You can remove one of these items and ask them which one is missing!

9. Snowman

attention exercises for children
  • In this game, children act like a snowman.
  • First, they stand tall and wait for the cues provided by the adult.
  • If the sun comes out, a snowman begins melting. The kids should relax their bodies if the sun is there.
  • When the snow clouds come back, the kids need to understand it's cold again and freeze by tensing their bodies.

10. Orchestra Leader

focus exercises for students
  • This attention game can be played in 2 ways; with imaginary or real musical instruments.
  • If you play the imaginary version, you need to choose which instruments children will play. In this way, they can both act like playing it and make the sounds of the instrument.
  • When the "orchestra leader" uses a conductor baton, all children start playing the instruments.
  • Kids need to pay attention to the movements of the conductor baton. If the baton moves fast, they should play the instruments quickly.
  • When the baton moves slowly, they should keep pace with it and play slowly.

FAQ About Attention

What games improve attention?

There are so many games to improve attention. For example puzzles, brain teasers, card games, and pair matching games are beneficial as focus games & exercises to build attention.

MentalUP offers 150+ attention games to support kids' visual, divided, and sustained attention. It's a great and fun way to develop attention!

What is the focus game?

Focus games are games that can help children and adults to support their focusing and attention skills. These abilities can be improved with the games requiring attention, comparison, short-term memory, visual scanning, etc.

How do games improve the attention span?

Playing games is beneficial to improve attention span. According to the researchers, some games can positively affect brain activities, visual attention, and attention span. MentalUP offers the best attention games with a limited screen time daily. In this way, children can productively use their screen time while supporting their attention span.

Is there an online concentration game?

MentalUP offers 150+ online concentration games. Start playing and improving your concentration ability today!

How do I increase my child's attention span?

There are several ways to improve your child's attention span. Such as;

  • Make the tasks you give to your kid more manageable by creating steps,
  • Give your kid enough time to practice and complete the tasks,
  • Create a visual distraction-free area for your kid,
  • Play memory games and attention exercises together.

Is there a concentration game app?

MentalUP is an award-winning app that features 150+ fun concentration games! All the concentration games are developed by academicians, pedagogues, and game designers.

Why Millions of Families Choose MentalUP Attention Games for Their Children?

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