Simple Valentine Crafts for Special Needs
Finding Valentine’s Day crafts and activities for a young adult with disabilities can be tough. I’m not one of those Moms who does all kinds of crafts with her kids. But honestly, in the winter months it is nice to have a few ideas on hand.
When we get a ton of snow days, I like to keep Kevin in a routine. So, sometimes these crafts are more for me than for them. Since he has disabilities, I like to focus on easy crafts that will still engage his fine motor and sensory. And, since he’s older, I don’t want them too babyish.
Here is what I do at home with Kevin, when I want to emphasize certain skills.
- Sensory: Use different types of paints, finger paints, gel paints… so he can feel different textures.
- Sensory: Do add-ons like adding colored sand, cotton, softwood shavings…to give different feels and textures to his designs.
- Vocab, Language Storytelling: Talk about whatever craft item you are doing. Colors, matching, sequencing. I also try to find matching themed books to go along with our activities. (Yes, I do have a list of Valentine’s Day Books for Kids!)
- Fine motor: Assembling the craft.
- Personal growth: Pride in their project, completing a project, happiness in presenting to others.
Valentine’s Day Activities for Special Needs
I also use different activities to work on language development and we read stories and books related to the holidays. Some of these are really great. Those bookmarks, I bet that OTs love those! You can really work on hand and wrist strength too.
I hope that your Valentine’s Day is fun, peaceful and full of love!