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Puffin Room (ASD)

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, and some of our autistic children may find it harder than others to express their confusion. Trying to stick to familiar activities and a rigid routine may help them to cope better with the change of circumstances.


The best thing you can do with your children is to work towards the objectives that were written during their last annual review. At school, we worked towards these targets daily, with lots of breaks in between. If you need a copy of your child's objectives or would like to know how these objectives can be adapted to be done at home, please contact the school on


​In this section, you will find ideas for a different activity to do with your child each day in addition to working towards the targets from their annual reviews. It would be great to see what you've done with your child- please do send us photos for our website.


Mrs. Robinson, the SENCO, will be calling the parents of all children working in the provision once a week to see how you are getting on, and to try and answer any questions you might have. If you have an urgent question for her, please contact her at 

Activities for ASD children 

Click on the document below for a range of activities you can complete with your children. Activities include shared attention, life skills, mathematics, writing, communication, emotional regulation and activities from LCIS. These activities should be repeated several times with your children over the course of a few weeks. 

Extra ASD activities

  • Octopus pots- use your old toilet rolls to make Octopus pots- show your children the visuals so they can follow the steps.
  • Bake some biscuits- put the pictures of the ingredients on the table. When your child gives you a picture, immediately give them that ingredient, then put that picture away. When they have made their dough, help them cut it into different shapes.
  • Potato printing- cut a potato in half and model putting this into paint and printing it on to paper, please send us a photo of your creations!
  • Messy Play- choose three of the pictures from the messy play sheet that you have at home. Show the children the pictures and ask them to choose which they want. When they have chosen, put those into a bowl for them to play with. When they have finished, ask them to choose another picture and put that into the bowl. Don't forget to ask them to help you tidy up.
  • Finger painting- either let your child use finger painting to do whatever picture they want, or encourage them to paint over the letters of the alphabet (which you have already written) or paint within an outline that you have drawn
  • Make playdough -
  • Ice cube paintings -Make ice cube paints using food colouring or drop paint into the bottom of an ice tray- send us photos of their paintings!
  • Other water play ideas:

               - Ladling water into different containers

               - Pouring water from one vessel into another with a sieve in between

  • Jewellery Making - Give children string and pasta pieces, beads made from tin foil or playdough and show them how to make jewellery. You could decorate the beads first!
  • Musical Instruments - Give children rice or dry beans and encourage them to put them into a bottle to make a shaker- then to shake these along to their favourite song.
  • Make a den - ​Make a den out of chairs and a blanket and other things you have in your home, then put pillows on the floor. If you have a torch, you could sit in the den with your child and show them how to make shadow figures with your hands!
  • Don't forget to ask your child to help you tidy up! Below is the link to a tidy up song that is familiar to them: