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Activities You Can Do at Home

December 2023 | Adult Down Syndrome Center - Resource List

Are you looking for suggestions of activities you can do at home? We have compiled a list of some ideas below! There are ideas for arts and crafts, cooking, education/learning, fitness and physical activity, and games. 


arts and crafts paint palette  Arts and Crafts

Chrome Music Lab opens in new window

Website for learning about and creating music. The Shared Piano opens in new window allows users to create music by clicking keys on a piano. The note names can be displayed on the keys in the Settings. The Song Maker opens in new window allows users to create music by clicking on a grid.

Coloring Pages from Crayola opens in new window

Free coloring pages from Crayola. The site includes coloring pages for children and adults.

Kleki opens in new window

Free website that lets you create paintings and sketches online. Creations can be saved and shared.

Other ideas: make cards (send them to family, friends, nursing home residents, etc.); make paper chains to decorate a room or count down to an upcoming event; make collages; purchase a craft kit or activity kit from a craft store's website


cooking Cooking

Accessible Chef opens in new window

Website with visual recipes and other resources to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities cook basic meals and snacks. 

Look Cook and Eat opens in new window

Online cooking program designed to teach individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities learn how to cook. Requires paid subscription.

Raddish opens in new window

Cooking program that sends monthly kits to subscribers. Designed for children but includes resources appropriate for individuals of all ages. Free resources, paid subscription.

Tasty opens in new window

Website and app with over 4,000 recipes. Includes step-by-step instructions and videos for many recipes. 

Nutrition and Healthy Eating Resources 

Our online Resource Library has several handouts and videos on nutrition and healthy eating for individuals with Down syndrome.


education_and_learning Education/Learning

Free Rice opens in new window

Educational trivia game that is free to play. Each question answered correctly triggers a financial payment to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Khan Academy opens in new window

Website with a variety of resources including practice exercises and instructional videos for math, science, computing, and history, among others. Lessons are appropriate for learners of all ages.

San Diego Zoo Live Cameras opens in new window

Website that allows you to watch a variety of animals in the zoo. Animals include polar bears, giraffes, tigers, elephants, and more. Website includes links to learn more about each animal.

TedEd opens in new window

Educational videos that cover a variety of topics for learners of all ages.

Virtual Vacation opens in new window

Website that allows you to watch video recordings of plane rides, car rides, and walks through hundreds of cities in the world. 

Typing Club opens in new window

Free website for learning how to type on a keyboard.


exercise_and_physical_activity Fitness and Physical Activity

305 Fitness Dance Videos opens in new window

Workout videos on YouTube that incorporate dancing.

HASfit Workouts

Exercise videos on YouTube with options for a variety of fitness levels.

Beginner Workouts opens in new window

Low Impact Workouts opens in new window

All Workouts opens in new window

Special Olympics School of Strength opens in new window

Exercise videos and resources provided by Special Olympics.

Walk at Home Workouts

Exercise videos on YouTube that lead viewers in walking and step workouts that can be done inside. 

15 Minute Family Walk opens in new window

All Workouts opens in new window

Disney-Themed Workouts opens in new window

Blog post that shares 10 Disney-themed workouts.

Exercise and Physical Activity Resources 

Our online Resource Library has several handouts on exercise and physical activity for individuals with Down syndrome.


games Games and Puzzles

Brickit opens in new window

App for generating LEGO build ideas. Users take a photo of their bricks, and the app creates build ideas based on the bricks detected in the photo.

Disney Trivia opens in new window

Article with a list of questions and answers that can be used for Disney trivia.

Guess the Disney Song opens in new window

YouTube playlist with videos that play a snippet of a Disney song and then identify the name of the song after a few moments.

Guess the Sound opens in new window

YouTube playlist with videos that play a sound and then identify the sound after a few moments.

Scavenger Hunt opens in new window

Article with ideas for scavenger hunts. Lists can be downloaded and printed for free by providing an email address. 

Sporcle opens in new window

Online trivia website with quizzes on a variety of topics. Includes quizzes with pictures and quizzes that only require clicking (no typing).  

UNO opens in new window

Website with links to the App Store or Google Play to download a free app to play the classic card game UNO.

Healthy Lifestyle Activity Book opens in new window

Booklet from the Adult Down Syndrome Center with word searches, mazes, coloring pages, and more. 


Collections from Other Organizations

The Arc's Virtual Program Library opens in new window

The Arc's collection includes free and fee-based programs from the Arc as well as other organizations and companies.

Best Buddies e-Buddies opens in new window

e-Buddies encourages friendship between individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities through virtual communication and social events.

Down's Syndrome Association (UK) opens in new window

Scroll down to the "Bonus Weekend Resources" section for coloring sheets, a daily walk diary, film and music challenges, and word searches.

GiGi's At Home opens in new window

Gigi's Playhouse offers a variety of live and on demand programming for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. Some of the topics include physical fitness, dancing, cooking, and socializing with others.


General Ideas

Your state or local Down syndrome organization

State and local Down syndrome organizations may offer virtual programming and/or have suggestions of opportunities near you. The National Down Syndrome Congress opens in new window and Global Down Syndrome Foundation opens in new window have lists of DS organizations by state on their websites.

Your local library

Many libraries offer virtual programming and/or provide activity kits that you can pick up from the library and complete at home. Many libraries also have subscriptions to online platforms for learning new skills, listening to music, watching movies, reading magazines, and more. 

Fun Activities for Promoting Health

One of our resources that has a list of general activities including making a collage, cleaning, stretching, calling a friend, doing a jigsaw puzzle, listening to music, trying new foods, and more. 


We are sharing information about specific websites and apps for educational purposes only. The Adult Down Syndrome Center does not receive financial support or compensation for sharing this information.

Last updated December 2023

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Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.