Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Getting outdoors is still allowed during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19……

Families of children and adults with autism know how stressful an unstructured day can be.  Remember that you do not have to ‘do schoolwork’ all of the time during social distancing.  In fact, experts are recommending that families take at least a week to focus on building comfort with being at home and the drastic changes in routine we all are experiencing.

What can you do this weekend with your child?  Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt!

Behaviors to expect in your child on the autism spectrum from 3 to 5 years old

Here’s a list of items:

  1. Find 5 leaves that look different.
  2. Find an item that’s smaller than your hand.
  3. Find a piece of trash that can be recycled or placed into the garbage.
  4. Find something red, orange, and so on……… use all of the colors.
  5. Find something that starts with each letter in your child’s name.
  6. Find twigs to build a square.
  7. Find something heavy or light.
  8. Find a nest and take a picture of it.
  9. Find a red bird (or any other color).
  10. Find a flower.

After your child finds each item take a picture of him/her with the object.  Draw the item in a nature journal or make a collage out of them.  Cut pictures out of a magazine and then sort the pictures.  Find pictures of twigs and categorize them into big and little.  Sort items by color and so on.  You can build many critical skills that are worked on with ABA, OT, Speech and other professionals right in your own home!  Building FUN into work taps into a child’s natural desire to play.

Another great activity is to use scissors to cut grass.  Ask your child to fill up a small container with grass clippings.  This is a wonderful fine motor activity that involves nature.

What are your favorite outdoor activities?

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