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Games To Play With Autistic Children

Autistic children often appreciate textures and sounds in a way others cannot - and both of those things make it pretty easy to come up with party games and activities they'll enjoy.

We've put together a couple of fun game and activity ideas to play with your autistic child to keep him/her stimulated, entertained and comfortable. All of the games are appropriate to play with any group of children, too. Look through our list for ideas, but remember to choose games carefully based on the needs and preferences of your autistic child.



Take this traditional game and add a dose of music to the mix. Have kids play follow-the-leader with instruments to help focus their attention and improve socialization skills all while having fun.

Toy drums, tamborines, xylophones or pianos are all a great choice for this group activity.


If your child doesn't mind getting a little dirty, set up a paint station. Allow them to use their fingers as well as brushes and sponges to create a work of art. The different textures, techniques and colors will engage their senses and get the creative juices flowing.

Don't limit your painting activity to just paper - consider ceramic piggy banks, wooden boxes or even a small canvas.


Many autistic children prefer not to have physical contact with others, so this is a game they can play with others without feeling overwhelmed.

Grab Bag

Don't just hand out favors, have the kids dig for them! Fill a deep bin with a texturized material like packing peanuts or rice and place the goodies inside.

Then, let each of your guests dig in and grab a prize.

Simon Says

This is another fun sensory game (and a classic party activity for kids!) that arouses the child's mental thought process while being physically active. Have an adult take on the role as Simon and issue instructions to the kids such as waving their hand in the air or touching your toes. The players have to do what Simon says after the instructor says the phrase "Simon Says" etc.

Instead of eliminating the players when they get it wrong, just have them continue playing.

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