Looking for some fun indoor acttivites for children with sensory needs? Well, look no further because in this post we dive deep into many different kinds of sensory activites! So put on your game face. Have fun, be silly, expend excess energy in a positive way.These activites are great for improving gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination – A win-win situation!. You can make them no-winners so you have no tears; it’s all about playing the game, not keeping score.
A cool variation to this game is that your child with sensory needs could also bat the ballon around with the cardboard cylinder from a roll of wrapping paper or aluminum foil, or a plastic bat. Once you’ve tried these out, why don’t you and your child make up your own game!
Set the mood for silly – have your child use markers to give the balloon a funny face before she starts whacking it .
In this indoor game you will see how far your child can walk with a bag of rice or a bean bag balanced on his head. What happens when he does this while also holding a spoon with a ping pong ball on it? If he walks backwards? sideways? on a bed? Make up your own variations. He’ll love the goofy challenges and you’ll enjoy watching him have fun while his vestibular function (balance) and proprioception (sense of muscle and joint movements) improve.
This is a great indoor game for children with sensory needs. Hand over some beanbags for your child to toss into a bucket or shoebox from near or far, depending on her level of coordination and skill. For a variation you can place the buckets one to the left and one to the right and have your child use the same hand for a pre-set number of tosses in a row, then switch hands (for example, 5 tosses in a row using the left hand into the left bucket, then 5 tosses using the right hand into the right bucket. Or he can alternate hands for each toss.
Here are a few suggestions:
On the website ice breaker ideas, they have a post explaining different hand clapping games explaining the clapping games listed below:
You probably (at least partially) remember some of these from your own childhood!
Some of these indoor games work better if there are more people playing (enlist other family members?), and some can be adapted for two people taking turns:
Sometimes you’re all in the mood to play something different – here are a few less-familiar games to try out:
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? Here’s a game from down under – instructions at https://childhood101.com/games-for-kids-how-to-play-whats-the-time-mr-wolf/
Another unusual multi-person game from the same source: https://childhood101.com/games-for-kids-how-to-play-captains-orders/
Here are a few more kid-pleasers.
You and your child(ren) hold the corners of an unfolded bedsheet and bounce an inflatable ball or stuffed toy on top of it. You’ll need to work well together to keep it from falling off..
The floor is lava The floor is lava (also known as hot lava) is a game in which players pretend that the floor or ground is made of lava (or any other lethal substance, such as acid or quicksand). Players must avoid touching the ground, as touching the ground would “kill” them. The aim is to get safely across the room, or to various specified places, using the furniture or any other surface rather than the floor. If the dying-in-hot-lava premise would be disturbing to your child, the floor can be the ocean and the players must avoid touching it so they don’t fall in (Tip: for extra giggles, grab a spray bottle or plant mister and lightly mist anyone who “falls in”) – If your furniture is too widely spaced for your child to navigate without “falling in” to the lava or water, you can put a few hand or bath towel “islands” on the floor – Instead of executing separate challenges, you can play rounds where the players must remain in motion, constantly moving from one “safe” place to another
You’re it! Who’s up for vigorous game of flashlight tag? Lie on your backs in a darkened room and move your lights quickly around on the ceiling and walls, chasing each other’s beams.
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