5 Games for Special Needs Kids
During the winter, it can be hard to keep your children entertained, which can sometimes be a bit more of a challenge for parents with special needs children for various reasons.
In many cases, many special needs children do not have a very long attention span, and some have very high energy levels.
Many special needs children have higher energy levels than their peers, especially those diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Down’s Syndrome.
I wanted to take a few minutes to compile a shortlist of five games that you could play with your children, whether they have special needs or not.
These are games that your whole family will enjoy, but these games should be a great fit if you have special needs children in your family.
5 Games for Special Needs Kids
Here is a list of five games for special needs kids:
- Duck, Duck, Goose. This is a classic game loved by so many people. Even though it isn’t new, it’s still an entertaining game to play, and it can be played indoors or outdoors, and doesn’t require too much space to play it effectively. This game teaches inclusion, taking turns, and provides children with exercise. It’s also a great game to play because it doesn’t require any equipment.
- Balloon Toss. This is a game that I always loved while I was growing up, and it’s still a game that I enjoy playing with my children. In my experience, this game is best played indoors because if it’s played outside, the wind can mess up the game. For this game, you will need a balloon. To play it, you toss a balloon up in the air and take turns hitting the balloon, working together not to let the balloon touch the floor. This game teaches inclusion and taking turns. This is a beautiful, fun way to get a lot of energy out and get some great exercise.
- Musical chairs. This is another excellent game that can be played inside. For this game, you will need some kitchen chairs and your children’s favorite music. This is a great game to play on a rainy or snowy day when you can’t play outside. This game teaches inclusion, and it also teaches the importance of being a good sport since someone does win this game at the end of it.
- Freeze Dance. This game can also be played either indoors or outdoors. This game also has a winner at the end of it. For this game, all you need is your child’s favorite music. This is a great game to play after eating some freshly baked cookies. It’s a sure way to get out a lot of energy and burn off sugar!
- Giant Floor Puzzles. These are best done inside, and you might need a lot of space to do these. While this one is not a physical activity, it’s still a great way to encourage your children to include everyone and take turns. It teaches the importance of working together as a team to accomplish a task.
Games for Special Needs Kids
Some special needs children have trouble with games with a winner because they could get agitated if they don’t win.
Be sure to use a lot of gentleness and patience with your special needs child when playing these games.
Do your best to remind them that the important thing is that everyone is having fun and that it’s okay if they lose.