April 11, 2017
The Easter holiday is fast approaching! Like all celebrations, children who have special needs, or their parents, may be apprehensive about participating in such themed public events. Religious affiliations aside, the commercial details of Easter can be fun for all to join in.
The Easter Bunny
Easter bunny pictures can be very scary and intimidating for a child. Think of it from your child’s perspective – a rabbit taller than their parents, who talks, and is not at the zoo. This contradicts almost everything a small child has learned about interacting with animals. If your family does wish to participate in Easter bunny photos, go to the mall (or wherever your local Easter bunny is located) ahead of schedule to familiarize your child with the large bunny and help them understand the process. This prep step will help them realize that it’s not so scary after all and other children want to take their photo with the large bunny, too.
Dyeing eggs can be both creative and fun for kids of all ages and abilities. This activity can get quite messy with your children, but aren’t those the times the best memories are made? Depending on your child’s age and abilities, you can modify this process to fit their skill level. Using their hands to dip the eggs in dye instead of one of those egg kit wire droppers may save you several cracked eggs and a lot of frustration. White crayons can be fun to use here as well – the secret drawing or message isn’t visible until after the egg comes out of the dye! Click here for an easy Kool-Aid recipe to help you parents set this activity up for fun.
Many families enjoy using colored plastic eggs instead of their delicate hard-boiled cousin. You can stuff the plastic eggs with any treats suitable for your child. What sweets or small items make your child happy? You can use the stuffing as an incentive to get your child to participate in the hunt.
- Allergies? Choose small trinkets.
- Choking hazard? Stickers.
- More education and less junk? Crayons other small art supplies.
Be sure to use clear scotch tape to seal the goodies in. A busted egg is never a fun surprise … especially after you took the time and effort to stuff them.
The Easter Egg Hunt
It’s all for the love of the game – the hunt is one of the best parts! Do you have multiple children or are you celebrating with others? Make it a contest and give out prizes … most eggs collected, least eggs collected, prize egg found, secret hiding place egg found, etc. as the parent, you can come up an award for all kids if you wish. This is a blast for both the hiders and the seekers! Before any egg hunt takes place, have practice rounds. You guys can strategize on how your child can collect as many eggs as possible in the shortest time frame and tailor it to their disability. You could talk out scenarios of what happens if they don’t find many eggs, if someone else finds more than them, an egg breaks during the hunt, another child grabs an egg they had their eye on, and more. Like all sporting events, practice helps! Take all necessary precautions to best prepare your child for this fun social activity.
All holidays can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Depending on our children’s abilities, we parents just have to be proactive, creative, and adaptive. Happy Easter to all!