Sensor and light project

Hey all, I just recently bought an Arduino Uno and am going to start doing some tutorials.

While I do that, I would like some help with a project of my own, as I am still clueless.

I would like to have a project that when hit, lights up, but I don't want it to light up for a second, or indefinitely, I would like it to light up for 5 to 10 seconds.
I also do not want it to be hit in a single spot, but instead would like it to light up say if it was hit within an area of 3x3 inch (76.2mm x 76.2mm) but wont light up if it is hit outside that area.

With my two days of having this, I think I would need a force sensor? I really am new haha.

Thank you for the input, please don't hate me haha!

Modify a staples easy button:
http://www.staples.ca/en/Staples-Easy-Button/product_606396_2-CA_1_20001