Group activities for kids in wheelchairs

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Group activities for kids in wheelchairs
There's still plenty of activities that are suitable for kids in wheelchairs. (Getty Images)

Kids in wheelchairs can participate in a number of group activities. It is important to plan out these activities beforehand, whether you have a group of kids in wheelchairs, or a group of kids that includes one or more who is wheelchair bound.

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All participants in wheelchairs

There are several activities that you can do with an entire group of kids in wheelchairs. Organising a sports game that kids play from their wheelchairs, like basketball, rounders or volleyball creates a unique challenge. However, as long as you have rules and accommodations that make sense for the chair -- students don't need to worry about dribbling with basketball, or the volleyball playing surface is small enough that students can sit in their chairs and cover all the space without moving -- you can make it work.

Other full group activities for kids in wheelchairs include scavenger hunts, which can work in much the same way as with children not in wheelchairs, relays, and wheelchair races. You can also do activities that are less strenuous, like group art projects, sing-alongs or card games.

Group with wheelchairs and no wheelchairs

For a group of kids where you have some in wheelchairs and some not in wheelchairs, it is important to create accommodations for the activities to make them enjoyable for all. A parachute activity, where all kids hold the parachute and toss balls or move the parachute up and down, works for all kids. You can also have all of the kids sit at a table and do art projects, card games or magic tricks. Kids in wheelchairs and those not in wheelchairs can pair up or get in a group for scavenger hunts, which can include some things for kids not in wheelchairs to do, like crawl into spaces to retrieve items, and some things for kids in wheelchairs to do, like make a wheel-print of their own wheels at some point in the hunt. As long as you make accommodations like using ramps instead of stairways, all students can participate in group activities like film nights, cooking classes or other fun pastimes.

Small group

There are several small group activities that you can do both with an entire group of kids in wheelchairs, and with a small group that has kids in wheelchairs and kids who are not in wheelchairs. These include baking sessions, where a small group of kids bake a cake or a pie, or a group session where the students read a play out loud together and act it out. You can also have small group nature walks, or rides, where all of the kids talk about what they are seeing as they explore the natural world.

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