10 Activities for Kids With Special Needs the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

5. Go on a Bug Hunt or Nature Trail

Spot and identify as many critters as possible in your backyard, local neighborhood or park. Use butterfly nets to capture bugs and store them in see-through containers to enable identification before release. Adults and older kids can download a bug identification app on their smartphones.

4. Have Some Water Fun

Create your own water activity center in your back yard. Grab a hose, set up a sprinkler, fill up a paddling pool and source some water squirters. Have fun blowing bubbles for your kids to chase and pop, or simply enjoy watching how far they float through the air.

3. Build a Camp

Create an indoor or outdoor tent by draping blankets over chairs or tables. Place some pillows or a bean bag inside and let your kids settle down to watch a movie on a lap top, nibbling their favorite snacks.

2. Create an Obstacle Course

Get the whole family involved in designing an obstacle course in your backyard. Crawl under a table, step through hoops, throw a ball into a bucket. Add sensory stations along the way such as rooting around in a tub of grain or rice to find wrapped candy or making a beard from shaving foam.

1. Picnic at the Park

Take toys, books and your family’s favorite food and drinks to your local park and set out a blanket under a shady tree. Make an early start if your kid doesn’t cope well with crowds. Before you settle down to eat, let your kids wear themselves out on the play equipment. Swinging is particularly therapeutic for many children.

What is your family’s favorite thing to do together? Share it with us in the comments!

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