How to make Easter egg hunts accessible for all
One of the highlights during Easter is the egg hunt and the excitement that comes with it.
Whether it’s played in the neighbourhood park or in your own backyard, Easter egg hunts are a great way for the community to come together and have fun. It is also one of those times parents get to create a little magic for their children.
With so much fun to be had, no one wants to miss out. Here are some creative ways to adapt the activities so every child can participate in the excitement.
Beeping Easter eggs
Did you know you can get beeping Easter eggs? These are specially designed for those with vision impairment – these eggs can be found by following the loud, clear beep they make.
Eggs than blink!
Another great idea is to place lights that blink inside the eggs. Not only are they easier to locate, but also, it’s a lot of fun during night time hunts. The brighter the colours, the easier they are to pick up.
Tie a balloon
For kids who are in a wheelchair or using a walker, consider tying balloons to the eggs. Even better, hide the eggs at wheelchair level. That way they can reach out and collect them like other kids and don’t feel left out.
Shake, Rattle & Roll
Eggs that chirp, eggs which vibrate, eggs with objects inside them that make a sound like coins, beads, toys or candies help make the Easter egg hunt more inclusive for those with disabilities. You could even wrap the eggs in coloured cellophane so they make a crinkle sound. Imagination is all one needs this Easter!
Some kids are allergic to chocolate – consider alternative gifts like books, stuffed toys, and craft material. Choose small gifts so they can still be part of the hunt surprise. You can even get plastic refillable eggs that can hold some of these gifts. And reuse them every year!
What’s in a name?
If you have kids over with special needs, write down their names on eggs and hide them in plain sight. If you find an egg without your name, you have to leave it alone! That way all of the kids can ‘find’ their eggs and be rewarded during the hunt- so what if takes a little longer!
Sensory needs are important to consider. As the hunt can get noisy, it might be handy to have some earplugs in your bag. And for kids who are sensitive to light have some sunglasses and a hat ready.
Keep eggs within reach
Each child may have their own mobility needs, which need to be taken into account so everyone can participate. Consider hiding eggs in tree nooks or perched on top of bushes. Alternatively, you can hide them in a bucket of rice or plastic grass or paper shreds, so they can dig through it.
As you can see, there are so many ways to make Easter egg hunts fun and accessible. We would love to hear more tips, so please share them with us! Happy hunting!