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45 Crafts for Kids with Special Needs

By: Lindsey Rolf, Editor,
Crafts for Kids with Special Needs

If you're a kid with behavioral, mental, or physical disabilities, sometimes craft time can be a hard time, but we're here to turn that around. This list of 45 Crafts for Kids with Special Needs is the ideal guide to making craft time fun for kids of all ages and developmental levels. Whether you're two or twenty, a beginner or expert, this collection has the perfect project for you to work on your skills and is aimed at children who may need help in the areas of development and behavior. You will love watching magic paint rise in the microwave or creating silly felt monsters. Children with special needs sometimes need special care, so be sure to check out these crafts that are gathered just for you.

These wonderful crafts for kids with special needs is sorted by skill set so that you can skip directly to the skill you're working on. You're guaranteed to keep them entertained for hours as these projects aren't only educational but also a blast. Whether you want to work on your fine motor skills by making your next masterpiece with paint or putting on a theater show with marker cap puppets or engage your senses with scented playdough or sticky sticks, there is no shortage of activities.

If you're having issues with behavior, make listening fun. When you help create the chore board or behavior chart, you're much more likely to follow through with the activities. Get artsy and make the behavior chart on your own. You'll be so excited to move your personalized clothespin up and up and up until you reach the top. When you're connected to the actual board, you'll be connected to the activity as well.

These easy crafts for kids take little to no time to put together, cutting down on boredom. It's important to have crafts that are simple to set up and simple to make so that children with special needs can spend more time crafting.

Behavior Control & Chore Charts for Kids

Chalkboard Chore Chart

Who picks up the toys and who takes out the trash in your house? If you don't have a system, then these chore charts for kids are a perfect way to stay organized. They help kids, both those who have special needs and those who don't, stay on track and learn what being responsible means. These easy crafts for kids are simple to make but will have a huge effect on your household. They can help cut down on fighting and bickering because there is now a system in place. Children with special needs can look at what day it is and see what their chores are today. These crafts for kids with special needs will make everyday activities a breeze.

Sensory Crafts for Kids

Kool Aid Play Dough

Dig into these sensory crafts for kids, hands first. Children with special needs enjoy tactile and sensory crafts, which is why these crafts are perfect. Each involves something that is moveable, moldable, and simple to make. Your kids will love feeling the cool, mushy play dough between their fingers and sculpting it into the perfect shape. These easy crafts for kids are perfect for keeping little hands and minds busy. Once they're done, your kids will have a beautiful masterpiece to show their friends and family. These crafts for kids with special needs are perfect because they stimulate all five senses and keep kids of all ages occupied.

Easy Painting Ideas for Kids

The Lorax Puffy Paint Trees

Easy painting ideas for kids make great crafts for kids with special needs because there is no right way to make a masterpiece. Creativity is the name of the game, and everyone's got it. Whether you want a sensory experience with finger painting or want to use different materials like string and rubber bands, these painting crafts are perfect. Easy crafts for kids aren't complicated or expensive; they only require a sheet of paper and some imagination. Children with special needs will love these fun and colorful crafts. Make sure to put on your creativity cap while you create a colorful masterpiece.

Activities for Fine Motor Skills

Felt Button Board

What do felt, giant beads, and marker caps have in common? They're all easy crafts for kids to help with fine motor skills. Activities for fine motor skills are so important for children with special needs. These fun and easy crafts for kids are simple ways to keep entertained on an otherwise boring day. You will find a variety of different crafts that are perfect for anyone. Crafts for kids with special needs that involve touching and moving are perfect to keep hands busy and minds at work. These activities for fine motor skills are great for those with physical disabilities who need to strengthen muscles.

What kinds of crafts would you like to see on the site for your special needs child?

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