Last month, we wrote about some fun indoor activities for children with autism when the weather would rather you stay inside. This month, however, with the sun coming out and the snow finally gone, we’ve decided to brighten up our tune a bit and give you some fun outdoor activities that are great for children with autism. Encouraging creativity, exploration and adventure is great for children with autism, and some of these can be fun for the rest of the family, too! Here is a list of some of our favorites:
- Go on a nature walk: As we mentioned above, exploration activities are great for children with autism. Going to a local city park, taking a walk in the woods, a trip to the lake or wherever you choose is a great family activity that you can do with your children. While on your adventure, collect items like flowers, pinecones, leaves, unique pieces of wood and rocks, and do some arts and crafts with your kids when you get home. Working on creative activities with your autistic child, especially arts and crafts are great for their sensory and motor skills, as well as their creativity.
- Go Stargazing: If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can see the stars at night, taking the family out to the back yard and looking up at the stars is a great activity. Ask your kids fun questions like what it would be like to live on another planet, if they think aliens exist, how many stars are in the sky and anything else that you can think of. This is a great way to get your kids’ minds to explore new places really use their imagination. It also helps to connect their sensory and cognitive skills by getting them to analyze and think critically about what they’re seeing.
- Does you car need washing? You may not enjoy washing your car in the hot sun, but your kids might just love it. Keeping your child with autism active and having them work with their hands is a great way to work on their fine and gross motor skills and daily living skills, and it gets your car clean, too!
These are just a few simple ideas, but keep in mind that there are many more out there. Any activity that keeps your children active and stimulates their creativity and imagination is going to be beneficial to them, and can be fun for parents, as well. We hope you’ll enjoy the warm weather while it lasts!