Special Needs Christmas Crafts
It’s that time of year, when people of all ages want to make beautiful Christmas crafts, and folks with special needs want to get in on the fun! Whether your loved one has sensory issues, physical disabilities or cognitive challenges, we know how difficult it can be to find craft projects and kits for them.
Like you, I want my girls to be successful when they undertake arts and crafts. So many craft kits aren’t suitable for Abby, because of her visual impairment, or they are too hard for Fanny, with her severe intellectual disability. I am always on the lookout for inclusive craft ideas, especially for anything they can do together!
Some of these kits are designed for a group, but I don’t mind about that. Fanny forgets what she has done and is happy to do the same craft over again the next day. If she doesn’t finish all of them, I will pack the leftovers up with our decorations and she can work on them again next year.
Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter Christmas Ornaments
Perfect for Special Needs Christmas Crafts!
That’s why I was excited to find these nifty Christmas ornament kits from Melissa & Doug. They are glittery, but without the mess! And, without the sensory issues can can accompany working with glitter and glue (which Abby hates).
To decorate these ornaments, just peel off a white piece of paper to reveal the adhesive surface. Apply the ornament to the special glitter paper. The glitter will attach to the sticky surface. Then, lift the ornament away from the decorative paper. It’s so easy! Your hands never have to touch the glitter! And, you don’t get glitter all over your house, clothes and body!
Watch this video to see how it works!
Jingle Bell Wreath Christmas Ornament Craft Kit
Multisensory Special Needs Christmas Crafts
To make this festive little wreath, you just string jingle bells onto a pipe cleaner, twist the pipe cleaner ends together to form a circle, then glue on a loop and a bow. It is simple and appeals to a variety of ages and capabilities.
Amazon sells a similar kit for making wreaths with buttons; but, I like the bells for the multisensory aspect. Great for my blind daughter!
Here’s a video that shows you how the craft is done. You don’t need to buy the kit if you don’t want to. You can buy the supplies separately at any craft store, or order them from Amazon.
eBoot 100 Pieces Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stem for Arts and Crafts, 6 x 300 mm (Dark Green)ALL in ONE 100pcs Mixed Color Glitter Sparkle Pipe Cleaners Tinsel Stems 6mm 12-inchOutus Jingle Bells Small Bell Mini Bells Bulk for Halloween Christmas Wedding Decoration and Jewelry Making, 10 mm, 200 Pieces
Decorate Your Own Holiday Ornament Crafting Kit
Fun Arts & Crafts for People with Disabilities
When I was a child, my mother bought us a set of wooden Christmas ornaments, which was probably the precursor to these. Our set came with little tubs of paint and plastic brushes. Pretty messy! Not this set though! This one comes with markers!
Some of the adults reviewing this set recommended adding your own markers for variety or quality. You might also consider additional glitter glue, as it seems to run out on people.
This looks like fun for anyone who enjoys coloring. Fanny loves to color. I will probably get this to keep her busy over the Christmas break, even though it won’t hold much appeal for Abby, who won’t be able to see the designs. Maybe I’ll put her in charge of the Christmas music that day. Or, I could outline the designs in puff paint, if she would like to do that. They are simple designs that would lend themselves well to that treatment.
Make a Gingerbread House Sticker Sheets
Arts and Crafts for Adults with Disabilities
This looks like a fun activity! You decorate a gingerbread house scene, a manger scene or a Santa Claus scene with stickers. This would be very fun for Fanny!
Do It Yourself Nativity Sticker Scene (1 dz)Design Your Own Merry Christmas To All Sticker Scenes – Stickers & Labels & Sticker Scenes12 Large MAKE a GINGERBREAD HOUSE Sticker Sheets/Christmas CRAFT/ACTIVITY/8.5″ X 11″
Don’t Forget a Big Christmas Coloring Book & a New Box of Crayons!
Holiday Fun Activities for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities