Spring is just around the corner and Easter is nearly here with all its bunnies, baskets and bows! Here are some ways to make sure all your kiddos are included in the Easter fun.
Host Your Own Easter Egg Hunt – Channel your inner Martha Stewart and host an Easter Egg hunt at home. One stop shop at a big box store and you KNOW you will be there at least twice this week. Send yourself a self-text with a short list of materials or yell Alexa, the list so Amazon Prime does all the work to bring it to your doorstep and get egg-cited! (See what I did there 😉 ) Purchase one set of colored eggs for each child. That way, everybody gets the same amount of eggs. Place the eggs out in the open so they are easy to find.
Sensory Friendly Easter Bunny Visit – Nab that traditional Easter Bunny picture by taking advantage of a sensory friendly visit with the Easter Bunny. This is an opportunity to connect with multitudes of families that have children with autism and other special needs, which provides a more controlled and welcoming environment to visit. Check with Autism Speaks, or your local Autism organization to find out where special hours are set aside for children.
Decorating Easter eggs – Trying to pick up an Easter egg with those little metal egg holders is difficult for all kids, let alone the child with fine motor difficulties. Here are some alternative ideas. Instead, use a crayon on a warm egg to make melted color designs. Try sponge-painting, stickers, glitter or stencils instead of dyes. Check out this video on how to use shaving cream to dye Easter eggs with a ripple effect here!
Catch all the Easter feels – Cuddle up and read Easter books to your child so they know what to expect for the holiday. “Touch and feel” books are great for those sensory kiddos. Pop some popcorn and watch the Peter Rabbit or Peter Cottontail movie. Get out sidewalk chalk, go outside and have your child draw their favorite Easter things or play a game of Bunny Hop by drawing a hopscotch board with bunny paws. Buy an Easter coloring book or print off coloring sheets from the internet for the kids to color or paint.
Now hippity-hoppity to it! Easter is on its way!