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Having a child with Cerebral Palsy and limited abilities, makes finding toys and activities challenging. There are numerous of activities and toys, which a child with special needs can participate in with minimum assistance. These activities and toys can bring joy and motivate her to do well in therapy at home, school and organizations. When they love the activity or toy, they are more likely to have good head control, increase her gross and fine motor skills, weight bear through her hands and arms for floor sitting or tummy time and legs and feet for standing and walking. Figure out your child’s abilities and adapt each activity or toy to your child’s capabilities and still enjoy spending time with him/ her.
What activities & toys does your child enjoy?
- Playing with shaving cream. Although it is quite messy, Savannah does love playing with shaving cream. In the past, therapists have put plastic figurines in the shaving cream and Savannah pushed the figurines off a bench or a wedge. Your child can feel the shaving cream with their hands and draw numbers, letters, words, shapes or designs in the cream.
- Putting together a puzzle with large nobs is a great activity for kids with special needs. See if your special one is able to lift and release the puzzle pieces with minimum assistance. However, he or she may need help grabbing onto the nobs and letting go of the puzzle piece.
- Bellz! is a fun game for kids including special needs children to play. The game comes with a magnetic wand and several bells, which are different sizes and colors. The object of the game is to be the first one to pick up ten bells of the same color. However, Savannah has a blast just picking up as many bells as she can. She is amazed with the magnetic feature of the game. You can put the magnetic wand in your child’s dominant hand and see if they enjoy picking up the bells as well.
- Blowing bubbles is an entertaining and motivating activity for Savannah and other kids. You can use a bubble blower machine, wand toys, bubble gun or blow bubbles manually outdoors or indoors.
- Playing the Melissa & Doug Piano is another activity your child may like. The piano is easy for kids like Savannah to use their hands to play, although he or she may need assistance and support to remain in a sitting position. The piano is a great toy by Melissa & Doug, which your child can use their fine motor skills and practice sitting and head control.
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- Knocking down toys, such as bowling pins, figurines (i.e. super heroes, princesses, characters, animals), a tower of buckets, blocks or boxes, cars, stuffed animals is an activity that Savannah loves to participate in and is successful at. Your child may love knocking toys over as well. This fun activity can be done while in a variety of sitting positions, standing and while swinging in a therapeutic swing.
- Putting toys such as character figurines or animals in a some type of large vehicle such as a dump truck or bus and pushing that vehicle off a ramp or bench is fun and exciting for Savannah and others.
- Playing in a pool full of colorful balls is a pleasurable therapeutic activity for special needs kids. Your son or daughter similar to Savannah may love kicking their legs in the pool full of balls and feeling free to move. However, they may need to be repositioned frequently due to not being able to sit independently.
- The Treasure Chest and Coins is another great activity for Savannah and other kids with disabilities. The coins are the perfect size and large enough to be easily held by a kid with a disability. This toy works on strengthening dexterity, eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
- Colorful bead necklaces are great playful items that can be easily grabbed and can enhance dexterity and fine motor skills, while sitting or standing. Your child may need hand over hand assistance to reach and grab the necklaces.
- Along with the bead necklaces, Squigzs is an enjoyable activity you can do with your child. One of Savannah’s favorite toys are squigzs, maybe it will be your child’s as well. We place necklaces on squigzs, put them on our mirror, connect them and put them on our foreheads for fun. Squigzs are excellent to help improve fine motor skills, eye hand coordination and dexterity.
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