Fall is a beautiful time of the year. Generally speaking, the weather is milder and offers a nice, cool balance to the extreme temperatures that summer and winter can bring. I like to take advantage of this season by participating in as many outdoor activities as possible. When autumn is in full swing, I find it so pleasant to spend time outside of the house. I can feel the leaves beneath my feet, see the beautiful fall colors surrounding my neighborhood… it’s all so breathtaking.
What’s even better is being able to spend time outdoors with my entire family. Today, I put together some fall activities for kids with special needs. Simple yet, effective, the following activities are very much sensory-based, encouraging your child to take in and observe all of the wonderful components that this season has to offer.
Fall Leaves Sensory Bin
Sensory bins are a very popular activity for children with special needs. I have been so impressed with all of the different kinds I have come across over the years. What better way to celebrate fall than with a season-themed sensory bin? Hide familiar objects in a bin full of leaves and allow your child to touch and feel for the ultimate fall sensory experience.
Make it a DIY and crafts day by using leaves and paint to create some works of art. Encourage your child’s artistic side by finger painting and gluing leaves on some extra-large kraft paper. Ask them to create an autumn scenery or to use some of their favorite fall colors with their paints. This activity would be great to do outdoors so that you can let your kids get a little messy.
If you’re up for some physical, outdoor fun, then rake up a pile of leaves and let your little ones hop in and play. While it may seem like a simple activity, leaf piles can help with body awareness while strengthening and developing muscle movement. Hint: if you rake regularly, you can avoid pesky little bugs and wet leaves from getting into your kids’ piles.
Take Nature Walks
Nature walks are a great, relaxing way to spend time with your children. Ask them to observe their surroundings. What do they hear? What can they smell? Along your trail, ask them to pick up pine cones and acorns. Encourage them to touch their findings and really feel out their shapes. Your nature walks will be the ultimate sensory adventure!
What do you and your family members love most about fall? Tell me what activities you like to partake in during this beautiful season!