This time of year is stuffed full of arts and crafts projects from ornament making to baking, to cutting out snowmen and drawing winter wonderlands. A busy happy time for most, but for our kiddos with special needs these fine motor tasks can be especially challenging. Here are a few ideas to help with inclusion, not seclusion during holiday art activities and are sure to promote continued fun into the New Year!
Adapted Art Supplies: Gift Ideas for Kids With Special Needs
Adapted art supplies are a great option for kids with special needs who may have challenges using tools that require fine motor skills. These art supplies make it easier for aspiring artists with special needs — allowing them to explore creative skills without the necessary tools standing as a roadblock.
Elmer’s Squeeze ‘n’ Brush Painters: These may be a good substitute when a child cannot handle a regular paintbrush or tolerate finger paints. In beautiful colors and there is no messy clean up. Just cap and reuse! Provide templates for simple designs like an ornament or snowman. Use a clipboard to secure paper as needed.
Scratch Art Glitter Boards: These are great for those with limited cognitive and/or fine motor skills. If the stylus is too thin to hold then slide on a foam Abiligrip.
Creativity Street Foam Roller Set: The preset roller patterns make zig zags, waves, dots and stripes. An easy way to reduce cognitive and motor steps in making wrapping paper, art pictures, or homemade placemats.
More Educational Gift Ideas for Students of All Ages
If you’re looking for more great options for learning gifts for the students in your life, be sure to stop by the Holiday Shops online at SchoolSpecialty.com. Also be sure to stop by the Adapted Art specialty shop to find hundreds of products for cultivating creativity in kids with special needs.