Home sports ideas for disabled children who are mobile with learning difficulties

This page is for our Leopards and is a great opportunity for autistic children and those with Down Syndrome or others with learning difficulties to let off some steam in the house. 


Sport is a great way to get exercise, and is known to boost confidence and improve self-esteem as well as improving strength and stamina. Sports are often played in teams but the skills in the sport can be practised at home and can be very enjoyable. If you have several children, we have given some ideas of sports they can play together. However, many can also be played with just you and your child or the child on their own. 

Home sports ideas and activities to try at home with your child 

Bring other team sports indoors using Balloons, crumpled paper or a pair of socks to make your ball sports more house friendly. 

  1. You can set up a volleyball court with a piece of string between 2 walls in a corridor or between 2 chairs. The aim is to make the balloon/ ball touch the floor on your opponent’s side of the string.

  2. A corridor is great for this if your child has less accurate arm function as the walls keep the balloon in reach.

  3. If your child has better hand/ eye coordination, put the 2 chairs with the string further apart so they have to run around more to retrieve the balloon. 

  1. Set up a laundry basket or draw a circle on a piece of paper and stick it to the wall for a goal.

  2. Try to score a goal from different places – getting further away with each successful shot.

  1. Set up 10 bowling pins in a triangle shape – use loo roll inners or empty plastic bottles if you don’t have skittles.

  2. Try to knock over all the skittles. See how many tries it takes to knock them down.

  3. Get further away from the skittles as your child improves. 


  1. This is a fabulous and fully inclusive sport similar to Bowles.

  2. See this video which explains how to play the game. 

  1. Dribble a balloon around the house using a broom stick.

  2. You could set up an obstacle course with chairs and a goal at the end for a single child game.

  3. You could adapt it by keeping the balloon/ ball up in the air while they make their way around the house towards the goal. 

  1. Make an obstacle course which your child needs to dribble around – depending on their skills, they could go around objects or furniture or even try to go over objects with the ball.

  2. Try getting from one end of the house, up the stairs and onto a bed with the ball.

  3. You could have stations along the way – for example – kick 5 times against the wall, do 3 keepy uppys, do 5 squats, turn around on the spot etc.  

  1. Use empty tissue boxes on your child’s feet to slide around the floor.

  2. Challenge them to spin or slide on 1 leg.

  3. You could try using more tissue boxes on their hands to pretend to be an ice-skating bear 

  • This great series Tennis at Home done by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) provides simple ideas to practice your tennis skills in your back garden or in a room with a few meters of space.

  • If you don’t have a tennis racket you can still try these games with a fly swatter, any other kind of bat, a roll of wrapping paper or a broom. You could use socks, a balloon or scrunched up paper instead of a ball.

  • The activities vary in difficulty but most can be played from the wheelchair or in kneeling.

  • Bristol Bears have created this fantastic series for those with more profound learning needs. They use very simple language and makaton, give plenty of time for processing information and have a lovely variety of activities to try or engage with. 

  • Here we have an example of their first exercise session:

  • They have started a weekly series with different themes each day including:

    • Monday – Hello 

    • Tuesday – Storybook 

    • Wednesday – Exercise 

    • Thursday – Dance 

    • Friday – Challenge. 

  • Join in with as much as you can and help your child to move where possible. 

  • See all their videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpx3Y7rl9HmojNnJdcfUizQ

Here are a selection of suitable Our Home videos for Leopards

Obstacle Course

This obstacle course is suitable for those children who can crawl along the floor, this includes younger children with Down Syndrome. 

Laser Quest

This video is suitable for mobile children. You can create the laser string quest anywhere in your home and make it as big or small or as easy as you like!

Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt is really simple and easy to set up. It can be adapted to suit any disability and household.

More fun resources for disabled children who are mobile and have learning difficulties

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