Being a parent of an autistic child can be challenging at times.

However, it's important to find activities that you and your child can enjoy together. Here are 40 of the best hobbies you and your child could start doing together.

  1. Reading books together
  2. Building with Legos or blocks
  3. Playing with puzzles
  4. Doing arts and crafts
  5. Playing board games
  6. Going on nature walks
  7. Visiting museums
  8. Playing with sensory toys
  9. Doing yoga or meditation together
  10. Playing with musical instruments
  11. Cooking or baking together
  12. Going to the movies
  13. Playing video games together
  14. Going to the zoo or aquarium
  15. Playing with playdough or slime
  16. Going on bike rides
  17. Doing science experiments
  18. Playing with water toys in the pool or bath
  19. Going to the beach
  20. Doing karaoke or singing together
  21. Playing with toy cars or trains
  22. Going to amusement parks or fairs
  23. Doing gardening or planting activities
  24. Going on train rides
  25. Playing with toy animals or figurines
  26. Going to the library
  27. Doing sensory activities, such as finger painting or sand play
  28. Playing dress-up or make-believe
  29. Going to the park or playground
  30. Doing puppet shows or storytelling
  31. Playing with building sets, such as K'Nex or MagnaTiles
  32. Going to petting zoos or farms
  33. Doing scavenger hunts or treasure hunts
  34. Playing with bubbles or balloons
  35. Going on picnics
  36. Doing magic tricks or illusions
  37. Playing with RC cars or planes
  38. Going to concerts or music festivals
  39. Doing role-playing games
  40. Playing with dolls or action figures

It is important to remember that not all of these activities will be suitable for every child with autism. It is important to find activities that your child enjoys and feels comfortable with. You may need to try a few different activities before finding the right fit.

In addition, it is important to keep in mind your child's sensory needs. Some children with autism may be sensitive to certain textures or sounds, while others may seek out sensory input. Be sure to choose activities that are appropriate for your child's needs.

Activities To Avoid

While it is important to find activities that your autistic child enjoys, it is equally important to avoid activities that may cause them distress or discomfort.

Some activities may be overwhelming for children with autism, such as large crowds or loud noises. Here are some activities and hobbies to avoid with an autistic child:

  1. Attending crowded events or concerts
  2. Going on roller coasters or other intense rides at amusement parks
  3. Watching scary movies or TV shows
  4. Participating in team sports that require a lot of social interaction
  5. Going on long car trips without frequent breaks
  6. Attending events where there will be flashing lights or loud music
  7. Visiting places with strong smells, such as perfume shops or candle stores

It is important to note that each child with autism is unique and may have different sensitivities and preferences. As a parent, you know your child best and should make decisions about what activities are appropriate for them based on their individual needs and interests.

Helping Your Child Choose A Hobby

Choosing a hobby can be an overwhelming task for anyone, including children with autism. As a parent, you can help guide your child in finding activities that they enjoy and feel comfortable with. Here are some tips on how to help your child choose a hobby:

  1. Observe your child's interests: Pay attention to the things that your child is naturally drawn to and enjoys doing. These can give you clues about what types of hobbies they may be interested in.
  2. Take into account their strengths: Consider your child's strengths and talents when helping them choose a hobby. If they are good at building things, for example, they may enjoy hobbies such as constructing models or building with Legos.
  3. Consider their sensory needs: Some children with autism may have sensory sensitivities that make certain activities uncomfortable or overwhelming for them. Take this into account when helping your child choose a hobby.
  4. Start small: Introduce new hobbies gradually and start with simple activities before moving on to more complex ones. This can help build confidence and prevent overwhelm.
  5. Be patient: It may take time for your child to find a hobby that they truly enjoy, so be patient and keep trying different activities until you find the right fit.

Remember, the goal is not necessarily to find the "perfect" hobby for your child but rather to help them explore different interests and develop new skills while having fun.


Finally, it is important to have fun! Spending time with your child can be a great way to bond and create lasting memories. By finding hobbies and activities that you both enjoy, you can build a stronger relationship and help your child develop new skills.