Easter fun at home
Easter is normally a time for big family gatherings, time spent at church, and lots of chocolate eating.
This year, things are very different. It may seem like there’s not much to celebrate.
However, instead of emotionally overindulging in chocolate Easter Eggs, this might be a good opportunity to plan something creative at home to lift everyone’s spirits.
Here are a few suggestions to help make your Easter meaningful and a little egg-citing!
1. A bit of art and craft therapy
Getting stuck into some Easter art and craft can encourage your child’s creativity and resourcefulness. These activities can be a great sensory experience while improving their fine motor skills too.
Have a hunt around the house for craft materials you can use. Try making bunny masks out of paper plates or even create cute Easter characters out of felt. Use materials with different textures and sizes.
Don’t forget classic Easter activities like decorating hard-boiled eggs. Paint them, dye them, or try wrapping rubber bands for interesting patterns; the possibilities are endless!
You can use food colouring to dye your eggs, but why not try using natural dyes from your pantry – onion skins, beetroot, turmeric, and red cabbage all make beautiful vibrant colours.
There’s also Easter bonnets. You could organise a virtual Easter bonnet competition with your family or friends.
2. Get competitive
Give it a competitive twist. Once your eggs are decorated, play the ‘Red Egg Game’, a huge part of Greek Easter tradition.
The rules are simple: Each person grips their own red egg (which may not be red in your case!), and your opponent gently hits the tip of their egg against the tip of yours. The winner is the last person with an intact egg and is said to have good luck for the rest of the year!
It’s a super easy and fun way to add some entertainment to your Easter, and everyone can join in.
3. Bake, Bake, Bake!
Beyond decorative hard-boiled eggs, there are several traditional Easter cuisines that are enjoyed all over the world.
Why not get messy in the kitchen this Easter, and get your child involved in a fun pursuit which will also make their stomachs satisfied (win-win)!
Baking can also be a sensory activity, with the mixing, kneading, and smells creating a great experience.
An added bonus: It’ll also help develop their cooking skills, increasing their independence and confidence in the kitchen.
4. Easter egg hunts at home
Who says Easter egg hunts have to be outdoors? Think about some good hiding spots around the house. If you do have it in your backyard, you can put eggs in spots that are easy to reach for children who use a wheelchair like tree nooks or perched on top of bushes. Try tying balloons to your eggs for another easy-to-grab option.
Another way to create the fun of the hunt in a more accessible way is to hide eggs in a bucket of rice or paper shreds your child can dig through.
5. Stay connected
If you usually spend Easter surrounded by extended family and friends, be sure to take advantage of technology! Organise a time where you can video call each other, have a group phone call, or make a group chat.
If going to a church service is part of your Easter, many churches have also organised online services during this time.
While there’s no substitute for a hug, technology can go a long way to keeping up those all-important social connections and family traditions.
Finally, take the opportunity to create some good memories with your loved ones.