4 Spring Time Activities for Your Special Needs Child

Photo Credits: Take A Hike Arizona

Photo Credits: Take A Hike Arizona

Springtime is here and it’s a great time to let your kids go and play outside after the long winter months. Here’s a few outdoor activities to try out with your kids this spring, they can also be adapted for indoor play as well!


  • Camera Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of clues and items to find outdoors (i.e. a green leaf, red building, a yellow flower, pinecone, etc.) and help your child find each one and take a picture using a smart phone or Polaroid camera. If your child has a physical disability, you can try planning the game using a smaller area or flatter surfaces. This game can also be easily adapted to play indoors using items around your house!


  • Alphabet Rock Hunt: Similar to a scavenger hunt, but using rocks! Find 26 smooth, easy to hold rocks ahead of time and right each letter of the alphabet on each one using a marker. Hide them around your backyard and as your child finds
    Photo Credits: Michael Mooney

    Photo Credits: Michael Mooney

    each one, have them line the rocks up in their proper alphabetical order! This is a fun way to help them reinforce their ABC’s. You can also print out the alphabet on separate colorful cards and hide them around the house!


  • Sensory Stations: Sensory play is great for any child because it helps engage and stimulate all of their senses. Setting up sensory stations outside is a fun way to do this when the weather is nice. Fill up a few small buckets or boxes with different textures they can stick their hands and feet in (i.e. sand, water, rocks, dirt) and place them around your yard or local park. If possible, pick some wildflowers you see growing around and encourage your child to smell and play with them as well. If you would like to adapt this for indoors, you can make a Spring themed sensory bin filled with fake grass, silky flowers, plastic insects, and colorful Easter eggs (filled with beads or dried rice inside so they can shake them).


  • Tic-Tac-Toe: Adapt indoor board games to play outside. For example, play a giant came of tic-tac-toe on the ground using colorful chalk! If you’d like to play on the grass instead, you can use old jump ropes or long branches to make the tic-tac-toe pattern. You can paint colorful X’s and O’s on some rocks and you’re ready to play!

Photo Credits: Pioneer Library System


 What other activities do you play with your kids in the spring? Let us know in the comments section below! And don’t forget to share with your friends and family! :)


About the author

Natan Gendelman has written 274 articles for Enabled Kids.

Natan Gendelman is licensed as a physical therapist in Russia and Israel. After moving to Canada, he was certified as a kinesiologist and osteopathy manual practitioner. Natan has more than 20 years of experience providing rehabilitation and treatment for conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, pediatric stroke and acquired brain injury. He is the founder and director of Health in Motion Rehabilitation, a Toronto-based clinic whose main objective is to teach their patients the independence necessary for success in their daily lives.

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