“The year is yours, what will you do with it?”
Winter break is the perfect season to reflect, celebrate with loved ones, adapt and design spaces that positively impact child development, and it’s also a time where you can introduce fun, educational New Year’s activities too! New Year’s Activities for kids can support in teaching important life skills to your children, such as: sensory regulation, setting and achieving goals, having conversations, teaching patience, routine and schedule changes and so much more!
It is important to acknowledge that New Year’s Eve itself can be quite overwhelming and over stimulating for most…and how it sometimes can create a sense of panic or anxious feelings in children with Autism. However, there are activities you can easily incorporate in your lifestyle that will help with all the unplanned schedule changes, increased family time and social interactions, and all the lights, sounds and fireworks too!
The first thing to keep in mind is…preparation is key! Using a calendar to explain to your children what to expect, even though their usual daily and nightly routine may change, is a great step towards helping them to become as comfortable as possible.
Here are some of the top New Year’s activities for children:
- Occupational therapists recommend Listening Therapy and music activities to help soothe the nerves and help children to feel a greater sense of overall balance and alertness during this hectic holiday time. Singing and dancing to music in a comfortable, safe space with loved ones is a great way to enjoy New Year’s, all while working on sensory regulation too!
- Design a New Year’s themed sensory box for your child, with resources that help them to feel a sense of calm. For example, you can throw in balloons, bubbles, putty, glow sticks, anything they can get their hands on that they enjoy!
- Adapt and design a different kind of ball drop! You can create a fun confetti or balloon drop for your kids and make it sensory friendly!
- Incorporate arts and crafts and create party hats or celebration decorations. This will help children to feel involved and enjoy preparing for the celebrations ahead!
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