When I think of Easter I think of family and friends, hot cross buns, chocolate for breakfast and of course an Easter egg hunt!! Unfortunately it isn’t traditionally the most inclusive holiday, however with a little creative thinking it can be!
I have always been a bit late in my Easter Sunday planning so this year I got started early and want to share some of my ideas/research with you. If you’re planning an Easter celebration there are lots of things you can do to make it a really fun and inclusive day for everyone.
This year I will be using colourful plastic eggs for our Easter egg hunt. These are handy for a number of reasons.
- Firstly I can set them out earlier without worrying about ants and other small creatures/pets getting into the eggs.
- They are light and can’t be crushed by Mikey’s hulk like grip and won’t smash or get ruined if they are dropped or run over by a walker or wheelchair!
- I can fill them with little presents as Mikey isn’t a fan of chocolate.
If you have kids attending with vision impairment or who may find it difficult to find eggs for whatever reason, beeping eggs would be a great addition to your Easter egg hunt.
I have scoured the internet to try and find beeping Easter eggs in Australia and haven’t had much luck! I have however found these beeping eggs in the US. They are quite loud, and sound a bit like a beeping smoke alarm. Shipping is currently unpredictable so I recommend ordering ASAP if you want them in time for Easter, . These eggs are battery operated and come in 6 different colours (colours are randomly selected). You can purchase the eggs here.
While beeping eggs sound awesome there are other alternatives including DIY your own noisy eggs.
- The easy grip shaker eggs on the top left are available at Officeworks or wooden shaker eggs are available at various locations including Ed Resources. Click on the images to be taken to their site.
- You can put little bells inside the eggs or tie them to the outside and have someone jingle them as kids are searching – you’ll obviously just need a little more manpower for this.
- You could also fill the eggs with dried pasta and shake them to create sound.
- You could simply use a small speaker to help guide kids in the right direction.
- If you’re really keen you could follow thiscomprehensive guide to make your own beeping eggs.
I came across a picture of balloons tied to Easter eggs last year and I thought it was such a great idea! Mikey really struggles to bend over due to tight hamstrings so this would make an Easter egg hunt much easier for him.
Floating eggs would also be a great idea for people with vision impairment to help them locate the eggs more easily.
- Using either chocolate or plastic eggs, tie a helium filled balloon to the egg with colourful string.
An Easter egg hunt doesn’t have to mean walking or rolling around to find eggs. Why not create a fun sensory table where kids can explore with their hands to find eggs among the grass. It can even be indoors if that is most suitable for everyone.
- Fake grass is a great option to create a “lawn” area, or you could just use a green table cloth.
- Think about incorporating lots of items with different textures and sounds such as fluffy pom poms, crinkly foil, rough leaves, squashy balls, smooth stones etc.
- You could even create a little pond to splash in with rubber ducks floating.
- To create a full sensory experience set up a speaker and have birds chirping or the sound of a sprinkler spraying.
- There are so many possibilities!
Either in the lead up to or on the day Easter crafts are a fun way to get involved in Easter celebrations.
- We will be painting brown craft eggs that we picked up at Spotlight. We use tape to create fun patterns.
- Spotlight also has flat foam Easter eggs that can be decorated and lots of Easter baskets to put your own stamp on.
- We will also be doing some fun Easter baking as Mikey loves to “mix, mix, mix”. Spotlight has some Easter cookie cutters which will be fun to decorate.
TIPS FOR AN INCLUSIVE EASTER
- Mark out the area for the Easter egg hunt
- You could rope off a certain area to help make it easier for everyone to find eggs. This is not only helpful for kids with disabilities but also the little ones who can struggle find eggs.
- Allocate each child a different colour
- Have teams of pairs rather than people participating on their own – this helps especially when there are children who require assistance to ensure they aren’t the only ones operating as a team
- Gifts instead of chocolate
- Consider who will be attending and decide if chocolate will suit everyone. If kids don’t eat orally, have allergies or limit their sugar intake consider small gifts instead of chocolate. Mikey isn’t a big fan of chocolate so we will be using stickers, kids temporary tattoos and little sensory items like squishy balls.