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Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Blog

Indoor activities for kids

Friday, April 24, 2020
By:  DBP team

As social distancing continues due to the coronavirus outbreak, kids will most likely be restless without their usual routine and this lack of structure will impact children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) significantly. It is important to give children the movement to “strengthen their body…and calm their brain.” Since they cannot go outside or socialize with other children at this time, it can be difficult to create activities that can keep them engaged. Sensory Lifestyle has created a list of several indoor movement activities from which we have picked a select few to highlight.

  1. Obstacle course

For this activity, use pillows, blankets, chairs, tables, and sheets. These items can help to create a fun obstacle course and the whole point is to get your child moving in a dynamic way. Try to create pathways that make them crawl, jump, walk on uneven surfaces, or walk on a line like a pretend balance beam. If there is a goal at the end, that will make the activity even more fun for your child.

  1. Scavenger hunt

Create a list of items for your child to find and have them look for the items around the house.

  1. Fort

A fort can be a fun place for your child to play or read. It only needs blankets and sheets to be constructed.

  1. Dance parties

Dance parties are a great way to get some movement – put on your child’s favorite songs. Do your funniest and craziest dance moves and encourage them to be silly as well!

These are some of our favorite activities from the list! For the full list by Sensory Lifestyle, please visit their website:

We would also like to thank The Autism Program at Boston Medical Center for sharing their autism resources with us to share with families!