Here are some ideas of things to do with a support worker, especially in the holidays. We know what there are a limited number of camps and organised activities so we asked our members and put our thinking caps on for some cool ideas.
Some tips to start with:
- Look at the goals in the plan – what activities might help you progress toward those goals?
- SMS a copy of your Companion Card (if you have one) to your trusted support workers to save trying to remember it when they go out.
- How about making a book of activity options (with photos) so that they can choose what they want to do.
Things to make at home:
Christmas Tree Ornaments
This is easier than it sounds. You can make a dough, cut out ornament shape using a cookie cutter and then paint it. As fancy as your skills allow.
Xmas tree shapes and stars are probably the easiest to paint. Buy Cookie Cutters and paint from, KMART (best option), Spotlight or Ebay
Ornament Dough Recipe
Playdough, puffy paint, rice, pasta, lima bean in all colours of the rainbow.
Check out these amazing recipes for creating sensory products.
Sensory Play Recipes
Play Dough (no cook recipe)
Everyone loves play dough and making it before you get to play with it is even more fun.
Buy Xmas cookie cutters to get into the festive spirit from KMART (best option), Spotlight or Ebay. You can use food colouring to make different colours.
Sensory Play Dough recipe
Kinetic sand is a sensory masterpiece. If you haven't come across it before, it is sand that you can mould. Like a cross between sand and playdough. Feels wonderful.
You can buy coloured or fine sand at Office Works or on Ebay
You can use food colouring to make different colours if your sand is neutral.
Kinetic Sand Recipe
Who doesn't love to paint? Here are some ideas for easy painting:
If eating paint is too hard to resist, here is an edible paint recipe:
Edible Paint Recipe
Create a Leaf by Leaf Tree
Create a tree using different leaf cut outs! This project can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges everyone can participate.
There is no pressure to “stay within the lines” as the leaves are cut-out and those who can use scissors can cut-out the leaves for those who are unable.
Idea: Adapt for Xmas: cut out solid green tree (zigzag) and stick on walll. Then let everyone colour in decorations to stick on it. Just like our wall tree below. Provide pre drawn decorations if needed.
Melted Crayon Artwork
This is a super cool idea and could involve going shopping to get the canvas and crayons beforehand, picking colours (rainbow, pastels, pinks, blues). It involves glueing crayons on a canvas and using a hairdryer to melt them.
You will need, crayons, a canvas, scissors, strong glue, a plastic cup and a hair dryer
Spotlight has stores everwhere and will most stock well-priced canvases and crayons.
*No need for a glue gun: You can use Gorilla Glue available from Bunnings and from Spotlight.
There are so many different ways to do this!
Here are some silhouettes to print out and use - easier to use a single cut out:
Watch the video on how to make it
Things to do Out and About
Getting out outdoors and on the go is exciting. Here are some ideas of places to go and see:
Watch the Ducks (or rather Pelicans)
Pelican Feeding at The Entrance in NSW looks like such fun and is accessible!
Feeding ducks in the park is bad for the ducks so maybe just visit and stop to sketch them. Another great idea is to collect their feathers to make a dream catcher.
Visit a playground. More and more councils are creating accessible playgrounds. Contact your local council to find out which playgrounds are accessible near you. There are also a number of articles written about where accessible playgrounds are located. E.g Best sensory playgrounds in Sydney
Go to a Movie
Sensory movies are sessions where the lights are low and kids can move around. MyCareSpace compiled a list of movie theatres that offer sensory movie sessions. beaches
Find a Sensory Movie Session
The following cinema groups accept Companion Cards nationally:
Visit the Zoo
A visit to the zoo is great value for money because there is so much to see and it provides a full day’s entertainment. In school holidays make sure you get to the zoo early if you need a disabled parking spot.
Tip: Check what shows are on beforehand so you know where you need to be at what time. Most zoos have accessible toilet facilities. All zoos accept Companion Cards.
Visit the Currumbin Wildlife Park
Located in the Gold Coast, this fabulous organisation caters for children and adults with special needs. They have a wide range of attractions from feeding animals, getting close and personal, sensory experiences and dining.
They offer discounts for a Disability Pension Care and accept Companion Cards.
Get on a Ferry
Get the wind in your hair and take a ferry ride with a bite to eat, coffee or ice-cream at your destination.
Cook a Meal
Decide that it's time to make the family dinner. Maybe even include laying the table with a theme.
Buy prepared veges so that no cutting, chopping etc needed.
Baking is the easiest and safest so consider marinated chicken pieces, chicken skewers, meat loaf, roast chicken with roasted potatoes, butternut, potato bake etc. Use aluminium bake trays to avoid washing up.
Go Whale Watching (May to Nov)
The good thing about the humpback whale migration is that they like to pay a visit to the entire coastline.
If you can get on a boat that's awesome but there are many places to watch for whales along the shore. Have a walk, watch for whales and finish with a coffee.
List of Top Whale Watching Spots
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