Activities for All The Family These School Holidays

With the school holidays approaching and restrictions holding on for another couple of weeks, we’ve come up with some fun DIY projects for the whole family to get involved with.

For people with disability, visiting the beach or travelling to the park can require additional support, so we’ve made sure these can be done in your home or backyard with little effort required, but maximum fun to be had!

Activities such as arts and crafts are fantastic for people with disability as it allows freedom and creativity, while also building confidence and building key skills.

 

Art Time

Unlock your inner artist and get creative! Making art is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. The benefits of painting include motor coordination and also positive emotional development. If you or your loved one is unable to hold a paintbrush, try finger painting.  

What do you need for this activity?

  • Brush
  • Paint
  • Paper

Watch the video below for some tips on how to cater your painting session to your child with disability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un1vKOLGbTw

Now, what to paint? Some great beginner painting ideas are ice cream cones with scoops, a flower, a sunset. For families that are up for the challenge, try painting another family member.

 

DIY Play Doh

Play doh is a staple for family fun, while also having several important benefits for skill development. Playing with play doh assists with building fine motor skills, such as hand-eye coordination and also creativity and imagination. This activity is great as it uses items you would have in the pantry, making it easy to prepare.

What do you need for this activity?

  • Flour – 1 cup
  • Salt – 1/2 cup
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Food colour or washable paint (optional)

Watch the video below for how to combine and prepare the dough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAIAm6BF0fs

Some ideas for shapes can be a pizza slice, a book, a piece of fruit or anything else you can think of.

 

Treasure Hunt

Put your investigator hat on and discover some treasure! A treasure hunt is a great way to get the whole family involved in an activity, and it’s totally free. This is a fun activity where you can be creative and resourceful in ways suitable to your child with disability – you could give verbal cues or visual clues, such as a hint or drawing where you’ve hidden the object. It’s great for improving observation and concentration skills, and a great way to keep everyone engaged while remaining indoors.

 

Jewellery with Snacks

Who doesn’t love a fashion statement you can eat? Making wonderful creations with edible jewellery pieces. This activity works to improve sensory and motor skills while developing hand eye coordination.

What do you need for this activity?

  • String or thin rope
  • Cheerios, cheezels or any other circular food.

Make a necklace, bracelet, or create something unique and strut your stuff! A great tip is to knot both sides of the string to make sure any food will stay on tight.

 

We hope you enjoy these activities, be sure to post your best creations with the hashtag #LiveBigAU.

If you or your child is needing allied health support during the school holidays, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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