With winter approaching and the weather turning cold, rainy and in some places snowy, we know that it is hard to get out of the house and entertain your kids with special needs, so we wanted to share with you some great indoor activities you can entertain them with.
Whether your child is on the autism spectrum or has developmental delays these activities are great ways to develop skills during play time.
Sensory toys such as slime and kinetic sand are great ways to keep them entertained while also working on fine motor skills. Teach your kids to use the slime to pick up small toys and objects. Help them build and shape things with kinetic sand. If your child is either a sensory seeker or a sensory resister, this activity is great for everyone.
Creating an obstacle course out of everyday items you have at home is a perfect way to incorporate gross motor skills into a fun at home activity. By lining up a few chairs in two rows and throwing a blanket over them you can build a tunnel, use pillows to build hills or a fort that they need to get to. Lay towels on the floor and tell them they are traps they need to jump over, the possibilities are endless. For more advanced fun, try hiding toys around the house and turning the obstacle course into a scavenger hunt.
Create a craft corner filled with construction paper, glitter, glue, Popsicle sticks, scissors, tape, feathers, buttons and more. Working with your child on arts and crafts will help your incorporate skills like following instructions, turn taking, and sharing into the activity.
Don’t let winter weather bring you down, enjoy indoor fun time with your family and keep your special needs kids entertained while also working on vital skills to help them advance.