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Tips and Activities to Keep You and Your Child With Special Needs Entertained Over Winter Break

Wednesday, 15 December, 2021 - 6:32 pm

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Winter Break is a great time to take a step back and reconnect with our loved ones. However, it can also be unorganized, chaotic, and stressful, especially for families who have a child or teen with special needs. That being said, here is a guide with tips and activities to keep everyone sane during the break. 

 

Tips 

1. Create a daily routine 

Without school going on, there is no set schedule or routine during winter break. Many children and teens with special needs thrive on having a routine, so creating one during winter break is essential. Here is an example of a daily routine:

 

Wake up, have breakfast, get dressed, morning activity, lunch, afternoon activity, nap or independent time, dinner, shower/bath, get ready for bed

 

You can also throw in some special activities throughout the week to spice things up. 

 

2. Have designated alone time and play time 

To make sure everyone is entertained during the break, it’s crucial to have both alone time and play time set aside for your child every day. During your child’s alone time, it’s especially important for parents to have some self care time. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or working on a project, just make sure to do something that makes you happy.

 

Fun Activities 

1. Frost Window Painting 

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When frost forms on the windows, it can be fun for kids to draw little pictures and watch the water droplets swirl around the painting. If you want to make it even more fun, grab a gallon size Ziploc bag and fill it with a few drops of paint. You can use one color or multiple colors. Also, make sure to seal the bag with some tape. Then tape the bag to the window and let your child move the paint around on the window.

 

2. Build a snowman 

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Building a snowman is the quintessential winter activity. It’s great for when your kids need to let some energy out and it’s a fun activity that the whole family can do together.

 

3. Build a fort 

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When the weather isn’t great, building a fort is a great indoor activity. Your kids can use couch cushions, blankets, chairs, and anything they can find to make a cozy space. You can also let your kids eat their lunch there or give them books or coloring books to keep them occupied for hours.

 

4. Snow painting 

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Another fun activity to do in the snow is snow painting. To do this, grab some squirt bottles and fill them up with water. Then put a few drops of food coloring in the bottles. Make sure the color is dark enough so that it will show up in the snow. After that, let your kids create their own masterpieces in the snow.

 

5. Make tortilla snowflakes 

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You don’t have to go outside to catch snowflakes on your tongue. You can make your own out of tortillas! Warm up some tortillas in the microwave, fold them into fourths, and then cut out fun patterns like you would creating a snowflake out of paper. To make them taste even better, brush them with some melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and sprinkles and pop them in the oven for about 5 minutes so they crisp up.

 

We hope that these fun and easy tips and activities will make your winter break as easy and relaxing as possible. 

 

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