Snow day activities EVERYONE can enjoy!
For many kids, snow days are the ultimate gift because they get to stay home from school and play in the wintery weather. But for others, such as those with disabilities snow days may present some challenges.
Oftentimes, snow days mean breaking everyday routines, which may be overwhelming for some children, such as those with autism. If your child does better when schedules stay the same, be sure to keep their routine as consistent as possible. If wake-up time is always at 6:30 and lunch is always at 11:30 at school, try to maintain the same times despite the snow day. Even using a timer to help you stay on track can ease anxieties. You may also want to warn your child ahead of time that a snow day might be possible if bad weather is on the horizon.
Additionally, many traditional snow day activities may make those with physical disabilities feel left out, as it may be harder for them to fully participate. If your child uses a wheelchair, consider adding snow tires when snow is in the forecast so they can still feel safe and comfortable if they want to get outside and explore.
Whether you’re heading out into the cold (be sure to bundle up!), or staying warm indoors, there are plenty of wintery activities that anyone can participate in.
Getting outside is a great way to spend a winter day, especially when there’s snow on the ground! Not only will this provide exercise for the kids, but they also spend time with others and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. Here are some accessible outdoor winter activities:
No matter what your wintery day looks like, every kid (and parent) should get to enjoy the season. Happy snow days!
Some ideas from:
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