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10 Awesome Activities for Kids in Wheelchairs

Posted by ROLAND REZNIK on September 07, 2016. 0 Comments


Children in wheelchairs have an adventurous playful spirit that needs to be fulfilled. Parents often find it difficult to find new activities that will keep their child’s interest and keep them entertained. Some of the most popular options are modified sports, games, and outings. The following is a list of 10 awesome activities for kids in wheelchairs.

1. Modified Sports                                       

Popular modified sports for children in wheelchairs are basketball, softball, tennis, and soccer. Inquire with your local community center or surrounding areas for modified sports activities.

2. Video Games

Autumn is approaching quickly and the weather might keep your child indoors sometimes. Video games allow your child to use their imagination and become characters that have no limits. Choose video games for your child that allows them to stay in a positive state of mind and have fun. Invite their friends over to join in on the fun.

3. Arts & Crafts

Creating art is a beneficial way to express emotions. There are a variety of art projects your child can do including painting, drawing, sculpting, ceramics, clay and sewing.

4. Amusement Parks

Children that are thrill seekers will be captivated by amusement parks. They provide endless entertainment such as roller coasters, rides, games, shows, and food. Visit your local amusement park or make a wish list to visit as many as you can each year.

5. Museums

Children that are artistic can view art at the local art museum. Inquire with the museum about children’s art classes and programs. The science museum is an exciting treat for children that have a curious mind, like to learn and enjoy science. Most science museums offer interactive exhibits that provide hours of fun. History museums might sound boring to some children. However, dinosaur exhibits are one of the most popular and exciting to see in person.

6. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding might sound like a crazy idea, but it’s not. Many horse stables that offer guided trail rides and lessons have modified saddles that allow wheelchair users to safely ride the horse. The gentle nature of horses can be therapeutic and beneficial for everyone, including disabled children. Contact the riding stables closest to your city for more details.

7. Cooking

Does your child like to cook? Are they glued to the television watching cooking shows? Your child might have a passion for food and cooking. Children are seen cooking on television shows and participating in competitions on a regular basis. Allow your child to turn your kitchen into their own private restaurant. You might have to purchase a few cookbooks, search online for delicious dishes or pass down family recipes to get things started. Cooking is also an excellent activity the entire family can do together.

8. Travel

Exploring the world is on most people’s list of things to do, including children. Does your child love a specific place or animal? Children that love whales, dolphins and ocean life will enjoy visiting states and countries that offer whale and dolphin watching and adaptive snorkeling. Help your child travel the world by planning a special trip once a year or more. Allow your child to mark their travels on a large map of the world to show everything they accomplished.

9. Skate Park

Wheelchair user Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham has made extreme sports popular in the disabled community. He travels the world performing his extreme sports tricks for everyone to see. His inspiring story of starting out at a skate park has encouraged children in wheelchairs to enjoy the sport. Contact your local skate park for more details. Safety equipment such as a helmet and pads are required to participate.

10. Movies

Watching movies is a great way to escape the real world and enter into a fantasy world for a couple of hours. Provide access for your child to watch movies at home and in theaters. You can choose to live stream movies at home or begin a DVD or blue ray collection. Visiting the movie theater is the ultimate experience for movie lovers. You can make things more exciting by watching 3D movies or visiting an Imax theater.

Imagination and Creativity

Children have limitless imaginations that can keep them entertained for hours. Listen to your child’s requests and try to encourage them to use their imaginations. Some children like to create their own superhero and write their own comic books. Provide the tools they need to allow their imagination to grow. You will be surprised how much children can do and what they can create by providing them with crayons, markers, colored pencils and paper.

Parks and Recreation

Local and state parks have been making areas accessible for wheelchair users throughout the United States. Some parks have also included accessible picnic tables. Contact your local parks to learn more about accessible activities such as hiking trails, fishing, and boating. Some parks offer nature-inspired programs that allow your child to learn more about birds and local wildlife.

Use your child’s interests to find awesome activities to keep them entertained. Athletic children that enjoy being part of a team will like sports team activities. Creative children will express themselves by using their skills to create artwork. To keep things exciting you can write all of the ideas listed above on small pieces of paper and place them in a bowl. Then allow your child to choose an activity. Sometimes allowing your child to go outside of their comfort zone might help them find new activities they will enjoy for years to come.

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