Kids love doing things with their parents and one thing that I am trying to do with my son is different types of crafts and activities that match the season. He loves hanging out with me and just helping me in any way he can. So, here are a few suggestions to include your special needs child in the festivities:
- Create a gingerbread house or buy a gingerbread kit. Although you will do the bulk of the initial work on the house getting it to stand up, your child can decorate it with you. This is a great project to initiate fine motor skills without them knowing they are learning! It teaches them patience and a gives them a sense of accomplishment.
- Make or pre-buy cut out cookies. Even if you or your child don’t eat cookies or these particular cookies, they are great gifts for family and friends. Again, it requires some prep work on your park but your child can decorate them and have fun!
- Create present tags. There are a number of websites that allow you to print and decorate tags. You can google it or use one of my favorite websites from Disney. This activity is great to let them create their own color schemes and make a really neat tag as part of your gift to people!
- Handprint and footprint Rudolph. This is a great gift for grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. You can be as creative as you want with this. Trace both hands onto construction paper and then cut out. Trace one foot on another color paper, then cut out. Using the foot as the face, you paste that on another paper. The hands are then the antlers and you also paste them on the face. Decorate the face as you want with glitter, paint, markers, etc.
- Create Place cards from scratch or use templates from online websites. You will probably need to help with addressing the cards, but the sky is the limit as to how they will look with whatever method you use: glitter, markers, crayons, etc.
These are only a few ideas to get you started, but being a part of the preparation is great self-esteem and confidence building. Kids want to be included and even more so if they are special needs children. They often feel left out and so this is a fun way to include them. Happy Holidays!