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Sensory-friendly hobbies for your neurodivergent kid

There is a wide world of other hobbies to explore beyond the digital realm. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite non-tech sensory-friendly hobbies for your neurodivergent kid.

What does your kiddo do for fun? It seems like everyone wants to push coding, robotics, and Minecraft when talking about kids with ADHD or Autism. There is a wide world of other hobbies to explore beyond the digital realm. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite non-tech sensory-friendly hobbies for your neurodivergent kid.

  1. Art is an excellent sensory-friendly hobby for neurodivergent kids as it allows them to express themselves in a creative and non-verbal way. There are no rules or expectations when it comes to art, so kids can let their imaginations run wild. Additionally, art can calm and focus the mind, which can be helpful for kids who struggle with anxiety or ADHD.
  2. Playing Music! Like art, music is another excellent sensory-friendly hobby for neurodivergent kids. Listening to music or playing an instrument can help your child relax and unwind, and it can also help to boost mood and energy levels. If you want a social component, kids can join a band or orchestra or take lessons together.
  3. Gardening is another sensory-friendly hobby that can be beneficial for neurodivergent kids. Getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine can help to improve their mood and energy levels, and working with plants can be calming and therapeutic. Gardening teaches kids about nature and the environment.
  4. Cooking is another fantastic hobby for neurodivergent kids. It allows them to be creative and expressive while teaching essential life skills. Cooking can promote social interaction and communication, as kids can cook with friends or crowdsource recipes from family members. Additionally, cooking can help boost self-esteem and confidence, as kids see the results of their hard work in a delicious meal.
  5. Sports are another fun option for neurodivergent kids, allowing them to exercise and socialize with other kids. Playing sports can also help improve coordination and gross motor skills. Competitive and team sports can boost self-esteem and confidence.
  6. Listening to music! One of the best sensory-friendly hobbies for your neurodivergent kid is listening to music. Depending on the complexity or speed, Music can help them relax and unwind or to stimulate their brain. There are a variety of different genres of music that your child may enjoy, so it’s crucial to find one that they respond well to.
  7. Drawing or painting! Another wonderful sensory-friendly hobby for your neurodivergent kid is drawing or painting. Both are excellent ways for kids to express their creative side and can be very calming and relaxing. If your child doesn’t like the texture of certain paints or the vibration of certain drawing materials, visit your local craft store and explore different options. Kids who don’t like the squeak of kiddie markers might enjoy the slip of felt tip markers. 
  8. Puzzles and Legos can help your neurodivergent kid focus and concentrate. They incorporate fine motor skills, patience, organizing their thoughts, and problem-solving skills. Picking puzzles and Lego sets based on your child’s interests and ability level is essential to avoid potential stress. 
  9. Playing with Play-Doh is another great sensory-friendly hobby for your neurodivergent kid if they don’t have an aversion to squishy things. Even if your kid doesn’t use Play-Doh in a creative way, there are many benefits they can get from the sensory feedback of the texture, scent, and look of this medium. Making their own Play-Doh and slime adds another fun and educational element to this activity. 
  10. Exercise and yoga are reliably beneficial sensory-friendly hobbies for neurodivergent kids as it helps them to release energy, stay healthy, and improve their moods. Not every kid wants the socialization and competitiveness that comes from organized sports. Individual exercise allows them to calm their mind and focus all their energy on their body. Exercise can also teach kids about responsibility, as they need to follow instructions and safety precautions. Additionally, many neurodivergent kids find that exercise helps them to focus and improve concentration.

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