The hardest part about fun Easter activities when you have a child with special needs is finding something that will peak their interest. As a parent of a child with special needs, I found my heart breaking when my daughter couldn’t be included because the typical things were not fun or easy for her. So I spent a lot of time finding ways that would make her day fun and special!
Here are a few inclusive tricks for Easter activities:
- Easter Egg Hunts: Hunts are usually the main event! If you have a child in a wheelchair that can’t find the eggs hidden on the ground. Tie a helium balloon to the egg, so that your child can easily access the egg. Who doesn’t love balloons? If your child has a visual impairment, use eggs that make a noise such as a beep, so that they are easier to find.
- Dying Easter Eggs: This can be tricky, especially if your child is unable to hold the egg or dip it into the water. Hand over hand egg dying can be a fun sensory activity with your child. Use Shaving Cream instead of dyed water. Put a few drops of food coloring in your shaving cream. Stir it up. Roll the eggs in the colored shaving cream. Let it dry for about 15 minutes and wipe off with a towel. If you are worried that they might stick their hands in their mouth, replace the shaving cream with Cool Whip. (be warned – this is extremely messy)! Two years ago I found these easy, no mess Q-tip colors from PAAS. The trick was making it adaptable. So I attached it to a jumbo size pencil so that we could do hand over hand and her sisters could help. This was fun and easy.
- Easter Egg Baskets: You want a basket that won’t disappoint even if your child doesn’t eat candy, only eats pureed foods, or needs something different than the usual Easter Bunny goods. Here are some things that might be fun. A CD with their favorite music, a DVD of the latest movie or one of their favorites, Jumbo sidewalk chalk for little hands that have trouble grasping things, Cotton Candy, make maracas out of easter eggs, make or buy some spring colored mini bean bags, a slinky, hairbrush, bubbles, a kite, any type of noisemaker, maybe even a special book. Use your imagination, the possibilities are endless.
Here’s to you having a fun-filled Easter with your little peeps.