TeenSthrnAccent is on a committee that is planning a three day youth conference for 150 14 to 18 year olds. As part of the program the 150 youth will host 150 special needs youth for a day of service and activities. The special needs youth will be between 8 and 18 years old.
He is youth chair for the group planning the luncheon on the large activity day and has verbal committments from Chick-fil-A, Walmart, Kroger, and a local BBQ place. Chick-fil-A agreed to donate lunch for 300 on the big day. Walmart and Kroger agreed to donate $100 gift cards to put towards other meals. The local BBQ place agreed to cater a dinner meal for only the cost of the food, with no charge for preparation, delivery and catering.
However, (Here’s where we’d like your help) Next up each of the 12 youth on the committee needs a list of 20 ideas for the days activities that would be fun and uplifting for both the youths hosting the event and the special needs youth as well. Keep in mind that if the activity requires a lot of “stuff”, it may be cost prohibitive as while there was a small budget, it is mostly already allocated so everything remaining that they need for activities would have to be donated.
Here are some ideas so far:
Painting either on t-shirts or large paper murals or using hands and feet dipped into paint to make a picture.
Sing- a- long
Ping pong ball toss: toss balls into small bowls floating in tubs of water from varying distances.
Musical freeze tag. While someone plays music everyone must be in motion but when the music stops anyone that is still moving is out or some version that doesn’t eliminate anyone. Something fun with movement and music.
Bean bag toss. TSA would like to be the one to get to build a painted “target” with holes cut out or something. How close or far determined by ability, the goal here would be to have fun “making it in” the target.
Plaster pies. Each child gets a pie tin filled with dirt and water and they must switch it around and then smooth it out. They then make their hand print in it. You could then pour plaster of paris in it and make a mold for them to take away with them as a a reminder.
Water balloon relay races. They can carry the balloon in their lap if they are in chairs and either someone can push them to a certain line or they can wheel themselves there to hand it off to the next person.
TSA has half a dozen or so friends that would be considered “special needs” varying from deafness, to physical challenges, as well as emotional and social delays and doesn’t really need a lecture on being kind, compassionate and including everyone. He’s got that down nicely, that’s why he wants to have good ideas that everyone can do and have a good time.
Any suggestions from the teeming millions on activites for youth and special needs youth that were especially successful?