Fun things to do over Christmas with your child

 Fun things to do over Christmas at home with your child with autism

Looking for fun things to do on Christmas Day at home with your child with autism?

1. PLAY WITH A SENSORY BOX (OR TWO).

Sensory boxes are such a popular sensory learning tool for children with autism and one of my best ideas for things to do on Christmas Day at home. They help autistic individuals self-regulate and are a lot of fun.

eg Features, sand, dried lentils, puzzle pieces, leaves, dried rice, small stones, plastic beads etc

2. HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREASURE HUNT.

Prepare a little stash of fun surprises for your child and hide them around your home. Lead your little one on a Christmas treasure hunt. It will be fun for your child to search for the items and you’ll have so much fun playing with them once he or she finds them!

3. PLAY WITH YOUR CHILD’S FAVORITE BOARDGAMES.

Whether you love classic boardgames or newer versions, you will have so much fun taking turns and playing with your child, making board games one of the best things to do on Christmas Day at home with your little one.

4. WATCH A CHRISTMAS MOVIE.

I love watching Christmas movies this time of year. Get all toasty in your favorite pjs, make a hot drink and watch some fabulous Christmas movies I bed, or in front of the fireplace, together.

5. PLAY MATCH THE SOCKS!

Grab some cute socks with different designs and have your child make pairs. This is such a simple game, so easy to set up and so much fun. It is one of the kids favorite games at my autism center. (This is a fun way to teach the functional skill of sorting laundry as well.

6. READ THE ELF ON THE SHELF AND HAVE FUN COMING UP WITH SILLY ELF ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR CHILD.

See 35 Elf on the Shelf Ideas here

7. MAKE SLIME AND THEN PLAY WITH IT.

SLIME! It’s taking over the World. Most the kids love it!

8. PLAY WITH QUIET BOOKS.

Quiet books are a wonderful learning tool. They provide hours of learning fun and can be so valuable for teaching a variety of skills. A quiet book is a fabric book of fun and educational activities. You can use it to teach new skills at home. It can also be used to occupy your child’s time during a trip (in the car, on the train) or while waiting at the doctor’s office or elsewhere. Example below.

9. MAKE A SENSORY BOTTLE.

Sensory bottles are easy to make and the visual aspect makes them very popular with most autistic learners!

10. BAKE COOKIES.

11. DO A CHRISTMAS CRAFT.

12. PLAY A CHRISTMAS I SPY GAME!

 Fun things to do over Christmas at home with your child with autism

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