All children want to play and enjoy games and activities, so do disabled children. Disabled children also need outdoor activities for their healthy and active lifestyle. Their physical strength is not on the same fitness level as normal people. Therefore, it is crucial to organize the events most suitable to their health situations and type of disability for improvements of their strength, flexibility and agility.
This is an easy game for warm-up in any event. You can use this to initially boost the mood of disabled kids so that they will be eager to join coming games.
Instruct children to get their hands on hips and make a circle. The caller in the middle will say out loud the name an animal. If the animal can fly, the kids have to flap their hands like “wings”. If the animal can’t fly, which person still flaps his hands will get caught. For example, pigs fly, cats fly, dogs fly, etc.
This game can be set up with unlimited number of participants. The more, the merrier. The preparation is also simple and easy to arrange. All we need is just two balls of the same size but different colors. First, ask kids to sit down in a circle around you. Then you give them the first ball. The ball needs to be passed quickly from the first person to the next and continue until the ball goes its half way person in the circle. Give them the second ball. Tell them that the second needs to catch up with the first. Instruct them to pass the ball as fast as they can. The person who is caught with two balls in hand is “out”. The game will be started again like that. The activity aims to enhance the skills of hand-eye coordination by holding, passing balls.
The game is designed for development of gross motor skills in disabled children with limited mobility or wheelchairs, even visually impaired children. For a group of visual handicapped kids, we need to attach a bell to the ball to make it sound during being passed. Arrange music or sing a song. Instruct the children to pass the ball in the circle. After the music is started, the ball is given to the first person and passed to the next second in the circle. Stop the music after 30 seconds or more. The rule is at your own setting. It can be an eliminating game or a game of getting score with no “out”. For example, the person who is with the ball on hand when the music stops gets 1 point.
Divide people into two teams. Play rock-paper-scissors to decide which team should give out the catcher for the first round. The two people from two teams are told to pass the ball or anything light-weighted over the catcher’s head. The catcher is the one who has to run back and forwards to catch the ball between two players. Attach a bell or sound for visual impaired children. The player should throw it away to the opposite direction to the other team’s player. The player who catches the ball should try to keep it not being taken from the catcher in the middle of them. If he fails to receive it or the catcher can get his ball, then that person is “tagged” as the catcher for the next round with two next players from two teams. The game is over when there is one team completely “tagged” as catchers.
Wheelchair Basketball Game
The kids are divided into two teams. For disabled children, the height of the basket should not be the same as for the non-disabled ones. Kids on wheelchair are also able to join this game if we lower the basket goal or adjust it at a suitable height. Each member of the team has to take turns throwing a basketball into goal. You may set the game in many various versions. For example, you can combine this activity with teaching them language. The participant scoring a basket will get a letter for their team. The team has to arrange those letters into meaningful words. After the time is up, the team with more words will be the winner.
Disabled children need to lead an active lifestyle as other kids to make sure their hearts and bones are strong and healthy. However, due to their impairment, it is a matter of fact that we meet much difficulty to look after them and arrange activities for their participation. Be patient and come up with ideas to help disabled kids to enjoy staying active.