Weekends are one of the most anticipated times of the week. Both children and parents look forward to these days to practice fun activities and relax.
On the other hand, for families on the spectrum, most of the common “fun” activities like going to the movies, to the mall, or even playing in the park’s playground can become a complicated challenge due to sensory issues and autistic meltdowns.
In spite of that, it is actually possible to find fun sensory activities for children on the spectrum and today we will share with you our top 5!
Fun Sensory Activities For Autism
For children on the spectrum, art and craft activities can be an effective way to improve your kid’s attention span, self-expression and reduce any anxiety-related worries. The following 5 activities will ensure fun for all family members while being ASD-friendly:
- Fun Ice Painting: This activity is particularly fun to do during hot summer days, and it will be great for stimulating his/her motor coordination and touch sense. All you have to do is place acrylic paint on an ice tray and place wooden sticks into each compartment. Let them freeze and your child is ready to play with them outside and create beautiful designs on paper. Make sure to pick a water-based type and preferably washable.
- Eatable Jewelry: This is an incredible option to stimulate your child’s fine motor skills. All you need to do is gather candies and cereal (preferably sugar-free cheerios, or any options your child like that has holes in the center) and let your child make beautiful-yummy creations with elastic thread that he/she will be able to wear.
- Coin Rubbing: An old-time favorite that is great for hand-eye coordination skills. Simply gather different types of coins with crayons, and paper and let your child have fun with them! If you or a loved one have traveled abroad and have some coins left you can make the experience even more fun by sharing stories about the trip and allowing your child to rub them.
- Create a Sensory Bottle: Another great tool to help your child relax while allowing him/her to play is making a sensory bottle. For this activity, you will only need an empty water bottle, glitter,
and watercolors. Allowing your child to put the materials inside the bottle will boost his/her hand-eye coordination. To protect your child from getting wet and stained we highly recommend you to seal the lid tightly using a hot glue gun.
- Finger Painting (Creativity/Motor Skills): Although it can get a bit messy, this is a great way to help your child have fun with developing their artistic side. You will need water-based paint and paper. This particular activity is great for ASD children for it allows them to learn the colors while discovering what happens when you mix 2 particular shades. It also enables them to coordinate better (if painting with a brush), and at the same time, it enhances their creativity and artistic side.
All of these activities are suitable to be done at home and most of them require very little materials that most of the time are available at home.
These are great ways to stimulate your child while bonding with him/her in a fun way. We guarantee that every second spent with your child will be absolutely worth it because aside from bonding and having fun, you will be building memories that will last a lifetime.
At WSCC, we offer support for autistic families and their children with Stem Cell Therapy treatments that can transform autistic conditions by healing the gut, decreasing inflammation and improving brain function. We also created an on Facebook that is destined to offer support and companionship for ASD parents and their families on their journey.
Remember, you are not alone!