5 sensory Easter activities

Easter is a great time to try some sensory activities. Here’s our top 5 to try so that everyone can participate in Easter fun.

Are you looking for ways to get into the Easter spirit that everyone can enjoy? Here are some easy activities to make the occasion accessible for all, so you can relish the day surrounded by friends and family. From fun sensory activities to yummy Easter recipes – we’ve got you covered.

Sensory play

Sensory play is a great way for people of all ages to engage with the world and learn. Not only that – it’s fun! Let’s make sure everyone is included this Easter and has an egg-cellent time with these sensory play ideas:

Chocolate cloud dough

This is the ideal dough for messy, entertaining sensory play! It’s simple to create with only two ingredients and has a great soft texture you can mould and create shapes with.

Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Oil (E.g., vegetable oil or baby oil – just don’t use coconut oil as it hardens when cool)
  • Cocoa powder

Method:

  1. Place 2 cups flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add ¼ cup of oil. Mix to blend.
  3. Sprinkle cocoa powder into the dough and knead dough mixture until everything is mixed together.
Chocolate soap foam

This sensory delight is another messy one, however, because it’s mostly soap, the clean-up is quite effortless!

Ingredients:

  • Liquid hand soap
  • Cocoa powder

Method:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine a large quantity of liquid hand cleanser, dash of water and one teaspoon of cocoa powder. You may have to add more cocoa powder depending on the quantity of soap involved.
  2. Use an electric hand beater to beat mixture until an airy foam is formed. For a faster approach, you can use a foaming soap dispenser to instantly create the foam. Pushing the soap dispenser will also develop fine motor skills.
Egg dyeing and rice sensory bin

Here’s a mess-free twist on traditional Easter egg dyeing, and the leftover rice makes for a great sensory bin.

Ingredients:

  • Hard boiled eggs (boil for 10 minutes, drain and cool)
  • Rice
  • Zip lock bags
  • Liquid food dye

Method:

  1. Place 1/4 of a cup of rice for each colour of dye into zip lock bags.
  2. Add 6 to 8 drops of food colouring into your zip lock bags of rice. Feel free to add more for a darker colour, however, this can be quite messy. The food colouring dries rapidly so try to do one colour of rice, before starting another.
  3. Place the egg into the bag and shake the bag until the egg is coated in dye. When completed, leave on baking paper to dry.
  4. Now that you have leftover rice, you can create a sensory bin! Simply add spoons, cups, bowls and let the fun begin!

Easter Recipes – let’s hop to it!

There are millions of easy Easter recipes available online nowadays, however, many don’t accommodate for people with disability who may have difficulty using kitchen equipment. Here are two simple Easter recipes to save you time browsing the internet… and yes, they’re delicious!

Chocolate coconut eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet (250g) Arnott’s Marie Biscuits
  • 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (and extra for rolling)

Method:

  1. Crush the biscuits into small pieces, and place into a bowl.
  2. Add condensed milk, coconut and cocoa powder to the biscuits. Mix together until well combined.
  3. Roll mixture into small balls. Dip each ball in the coconut (or any other coating you like e.g. sprinkles, cocoa) until it has covered the whole ball. Shape balls into an egg shape and place on a plate. Repeat this step with remaining mixture.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Video: Making chocolate coconut Easter eggs
Chocolate spider nests with eggs

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet (100g) Chang’s Original Fried Noodles
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 290g cooking chocolate
  • 100g Darrell Lea Easter treats speckled eggs

Method:

  1. Microwave chocolate and peanut butter until melted and mix until the lumps are gone.
  2. Add noodles and stir until they are coated generously in chocolate.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto grease-proof paper, and place two speckled eggs in centre.
  4. Place in the refrigerator until set.
Video: Making chocolate spider nests with eggs

Let us know if you try any of these Easter activities, or if you have any you’d like to share!