Games for kids with disabilities

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Games for kids with disabilities
Some games appeal more to children with disabilities. (Child image by Serenitie from Fotolia.com)

Children with disabilities want to have fun just as much as their peers without disabilities. There is a variety of games and activities that children with disabilities can play in order to feel included and to build learning skills while socialising with other children.

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Bunny Catch

Gather children into a circle for this game, which involves balls in two different sizes, one larger and one smaller. The bunny is the small ball, and the children should pass it from one child to the next in the circle. When the bunny gets halfway around the circle, introduce the larger ball, or the farmer. The farmer should start in the same direction, but can change directions as needed. The bunny ball only travels in the same direction. The goal of the game is for the farmer to try to catch the bunny, and for the bunny to try to get away.

Who Flies?

Gather the children in a circle for this game. Everyone should begin with their hands on their hips. A leader will stand in the centre of the circle. The leader will call out a type of animal. If the animal flies, then the children should flap their arms like a bird. If a kid flaps their arms when the called animal does not actually fly, then they are no longer in the game. The leader can further complicate the game by flapping his or her arms even when the animal in question (such as a pig) does not fly. The last player remaining is the winner.

What Is It?

Put different items with various textures into individual bags, such as soap, a stick of gum, a candle, tissue, a leaf or a sock. Sit all of the children down in a circle and pass out the bags. Each child should reach into a bag and guess what they are holding. If they guess incorrectly, they are out of the game. Pass the bags around from player to player until only one child remains, and this is the winner of the game.

Water Balloon Relay

Give each child a water balloon. If they use a wheelchair, they can carry the water balloon in their lap or they can hold the water balloon while someone pushes their wheelchair. Have a relay race with the water balloons, disqualifying anyone that breaks the water balloon before they reach the end. This game teaches coordination and balance by requiring that each child keep the water balloon from breaking while travelling in the race.

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