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Free Summer Activities Kids-Sensory Processing

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Free Summer Activities

Summer is the time of the year when there are more free activities for kids than any other time of the year, summer provides many free summer activities which allows children to spend their time outdoors. The changing in routine and even the environment can be challenging for parents with children with autism, The free summer activities available for children with autism can improve their sensory processing and even reduce their stress. Parents with children with autism must pay close attention for signs of over stimulation, these signs inform parents their children needs a break from their free summer activities.

Free Summer Activities-Cooking

Many children with autism become too anxious to attend free summer activities socially, and so parents must provide free summer activities at home. Children with autism enjoys like other kids doing things with their families, you can be learning your child, and at the same time sharing family time with cooking activities.

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Sandboxes are an awesome free summer activity for children with autism, even children with autism can play outdoors in their own sandboxes for a free summer activity. You can purchase sandboxes especially made for children with autism and special needs, but you can also find DIY sandbox projects online.


Swimming is one of the best free summer activities for children, you can invest in one of those children’s swimming pools for at home for young children. For the older children you can take them to a public swimming pool or even join your local YMCA. Swimming is one of the best therapeutic activities recommended for children with autism, and many pools and YMCA s give free or discounts to children with special needs.

Summer Theme Parks

There are summer theme parks which gives children with autism and special needs free admission, if you are lucky maybe there is one near you. Don’t forget about checking your local zoos for free or discounts for children with special needs, both of these are great free summer activity choices.

  • Morgans Wonderland-San Antonio Texas
  • Holiday World-Santa Claus Indiana
  • Marineland-Niagra Falls Ontario Canada
  • Knobels-Elysburgh Pennsylvania
  • Sesame Place-Langhorne Pennsylvania
  • Sea World-San Diego California

Cooking Recipe-Playdough

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 squirts of your favorite liquid detergent
  • 2 tablespoons of alum
  • Food coloring
  1. Mix dry ingredients together
  2. Stir in wet ingredients slowly
  3. Knead into smooth playdough
  4. Add water or flour as needed
  5. Store in an air tight container

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Children With Autism-Sandboxes

  • Sensory sandbox tables
  • No mess sandbox
  • Kidfetti
  • Neptune sand and water table
  • Wheelchair sand and water table
  • Splash mats

Even though these sandboxes for children with autism requires an investment, they really do pay for themselves once you experience how much they benefit your child. You can also build your own sandboxes for your child, but these are sandboxes built especially for your special needs child.

Natural Sunscreen

  • 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons zinc oxide non-nano version
  • 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil
  • 2 tablespoons Shea butter
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vanilla extract
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for zinc oxide in pint size jar
  2. I use the pint-size mason jars which work really well
  3. Fill medium saucepan with a couple inches of water
  4. Place over medium heat
  5. Put a lid on the jar loosely
  6. Place the jar in the pan with water
  7. Stir the ingredients in the jar to assist them to melt
  8. After ingredients are completely melted add the zinc oxide
  9. Stir well
  10. Pour into your pint-size jar
  11. Stir the mixture as it is cooling
  12. Store at room temperature

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What Is On My Mind Today?

Adding free summer activities for your children with autism is an important part of their childhood, you might find the theme parks and zoo to be too anxious for some children with autism. There are plenty of at home free summer activities you can introduce to your child, even though I did not mention gardening, this is another beneficial sensory activity for your child as a free summer activity. Music also is very beneficial for children with autism, you will notice music is a great way to calm your child when they are in need of a break.






  • Christina says:

    Raising 6 children of my own at summer time was always hectic. Mine are grown now. Coming up with things to do for non-autistic children than to keep them all busy was difficult. Cooking was one of the things that were fun. It had to be done every day anyway and a great way to get them involved. I had never thought about it being a stimulating activity for an autistic child but it makes sense! I like the playdough recipe as well. A question though is there any alternative to the laundry soap to make it non-toxic? I would like to try to make some but worry about it being put the mouth. I do not want to make any of the kids I look after sick. Thank you as always for the great tips!

    • admin says:

      Thank You Christina
      I appreciate your reading my post and commenting,
      I promise I will do some research on laundry soap
      which is non-toxic and write a post just for you

  • Timotheus says:

    Great list of summer activities for kids, whether autistic or not. I have a 6 year old niece. And I am thankful for this list. Wonderful ideas that I can use to keep my niece happy and at the same time learn and grow. Thank you so much! 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hello Timotheus,
      This post might be focusing on children with autism,
      but many of the tips in my posts are awesome for
      all children

  • Dena says:

    Thanks for such a great post on summer activities for children with autism.

    I have a niece with autism and her parent are always looking for way to keep her entertained during the summer months. I love the idea of the sand boxes and feel that a sand box might keep her entertained for hours. I will definitely suggest this to her parents.

    My mom watches my neice from time to time and looks for ways to keep her busy, I feel that the play dough would be a great choice and my neice could help make it as well, thanks so much for the recipe.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Dena
      I know you will enjoy your visit with your niece with autism,
      maybe some of these activities will interest her.

  • Wow, what a great article with some awesome ideas to keep our kids busy whether they have autism or not there is some valuable information and ideas for all parents here. My son particularly loves the sandbox, he would spend an entire day in one if he could. Summer is especially challenging because we have to find a lot of extra activities for our little ones. We also love a place not to far from us call Great Wolf Lodge, it is an indoor waterslide park and is great for the winter season when it can also be hard to find things to do.
    Thanks for sharing this information, I will pass this post along to a few friends.

    • admin says:

      Hello Linsey,
      I thank you for reading my post and commenting,
      I value everyone of my readers very much.

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