Embracing inclusivity: fun summer activities for all to enjoy

The summer months offer the perfect excuse to get together with the family, providing an excellent opportunity for bonding, creating lasting memories and enjoying the outdoors.

Whether you are looking to bridge a generational gap or find ways of including family members with complex care needs, we’ve put together some ideas to not only engage and entertain everyone but also promote a sense of inclusivity and togetherness.

Outdoor picnics

Organising a picnic in a local park or even in your garden can be a lovely experience for all ages. Choose a location that’s easily accessible and with comfortable seating arrangements.  You can also include lots of tasty treats that cater to dietary requirements and preferences, bring a playlist that includes a favourite of each family member, encourage everyone to participate in games like frisbee, ring toss or simply enjoying the scenic surroundings.

Sensory gardens

Visiting a sensory garden is an excellent way to engage all the family. Sensory gardens are specifically designed to stimulate our senses through vibrant colours, fragrant flowers, textured plants and calming sounds – which makes for a really inclusive summer activity.  For example,  if visiting with someone visually impaired, you can encourage them to explore various textures and scents. For older members of the family you can ask them to share their knowledge and memories associated with different plants.  Alternatively, if you have space in your own garden, why not create your own sensory garden and involve the whole family!

Arts and crafts

Engaging in arts and craft activities can be immensely rewarding for all ages. You could set up a craft station and include a variety of materials suitable for different skill levels and abilities. You could ask elderly relatives to share their artistic talents or take part in simple activities like painting or making collages. For those with disabilities, consider adaptive art tools to ensure their full participation. Artistic activities are a great way to promote self-expression and boost creativity.

Intergenerational storytelling

Storytelling sessions are an excellent way to create empathy and understanding of the world around us and our heritage. Encourage elderly members of your family to share stories from their childhood or their life experiences with the younger members of your family.

For those who may have difficulty communicating or understanding, try using visual aids, picture books or even sign language to create an inclusive environment. This activity not only promotes intergenerational connections but also encourages active listening and language development.

Adaptive sports and games

Sports and games are fantastic for physical exercise and providing a sense of teamwork. Look for adaptive sports programs in your community that cater to individuals with limited movement or those with complex care needs . Some popular adaptive sports include boccia, wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, or even modified versions of traditional games like wheelchair races. Encourage elderly relatives to participate as coaches or cheerleaders, creating an inclusive and supportive atmosphere.

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