Easy Indoor Activities for Children With Autism


As April is upon us and the promise of rain (or snow!) is imminent many days will be spent indoors. For parents looking to fill the day we at Best Buddies Rhode Island have put together a list of 5 great activities to keep your little one busy!

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month we have geared these activities towards those on the autism spectrum. These activities will help improve motor skills, communication, and will provide new sensory experiences for your child. Depending on your child’s age and symptoms some activities may not be recommended.

  1. Puppet Show

Have any old socks lying around the house, of course you do! Decorate sock puppets with your child and then put on a show. This activity can improve socialization for when your child begins attending school.

  1. Shredded Flower Bouquet 

Have your child rip up colored paper and make it into a beautiful Spring bouquet. The child will be able to manipulate the paper and turn it into something new, a great sensory experience. A perfect gift or decoration!

  1.   Finger Painting 

Beware of the mess! Your child will love watching the colors swirl together as they manipulate them on the page.

  1. Scented Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is not only fun but it can help develop motor skills and will provide a sensory experience for your child.  Get right into the fun yourself and blow different sizes of bubbles and then see where they go!

  1. Dance Party!

Put on their favorite music and get the whole family involved! Dancing is a great way to get up and moving while having a lot of fun! This activity can help with socialization and coordination.

These activities will be great for any child on a rainy day regardless of whether or not they are on the autism spectrum. At Best Buddies we recognize all intellectual and developmental disabilities and believe these would be great activities for any child. Let us know which activity your child liked the most and if you have any other idea we would love to hear them!


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