Spring is here, and it’s time to enjoy the fresh air. Now that you and your child aren’t stuck indoors, there are plenty of fun experiences to be had. Outside playtime is more enjoyable now than ever with the warm weather and bright sunshine. Kids with autism benefit from active play as they get a chance to practice essential motor skills after a winter spent inside. Here are some spring activities perfect for children with autism and all family members to enjoy.
If your child has an artistic side that tends to get messy indoors, then sidewalk chalk is the perfect alternative. Your kids will have the freedom to be creative without worrying about spills or messes. Particularly for children on the autism spectrum, this activity provides new sensory experiences they can’t get in the winter. The feel of the chalk and sidewalk, the smell of grass, and the sounds of animals and nature all stimulate their senses to keep them engaged. And their masterpieces can stay on the sidewalk for days (as long as it doesn’t rain!).
Go to the Playground
It is challenging to find activities during the winter to help develop motor skills. Now that spring is here, trips to the playground are ideal. Children with autism often struggle with coordination, and the monkey bars provide valuable practice. It’s also the perfect opportunity to play with other children and strengthen their social skills.
Spring Sensory Bins
Sensory bins are containers filled with toys and other items to engage the senses, but they can get a little messy indoors. Take advantage of the spring sunshine and set up a spot outdoors instead. Experiencing how the objects feel compared to one another makes this task ideal for kids with autism. You can make your sensory bin spring-themed by adding items from your backyard. Flowers, rocks, and leaves make great additions that your child will enjoy exploring.
Need a fun, educational activity that will keep your child occupied? Scavenger hunts are a great way for children on the autism spectrum to learn about their environment. You can teach your child about plants and animals in nature while they look for hidden toys and other treasures. Scavenger hunts are also a great way to practice observational and communication skills as you work together.
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