Inclusion isn’t just about having access, it’s also about being able to participate!
Easter bonnets at the ready! Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned Easter Egg hunt, I know if I could get away with it, i would. But at 43 I think the kids would probably out wit me these days!
Every year kids of all ages look forward to searching for hidden Easter Eggs filled with chocolate. While traditional Easter egg hunts may not be as easy for everyone to participate, there are very simple changes that can make the hunt accessible for everybody involved. Here are some easy and simple activities that you can implement making your Easter Egg hunt more accessible for all.
Adjust the Height of the Eggs
Typically we hide an egg in and under bushes or up in a tree, by making sure that they are within reach of a wheelchair use and anyone else with a disability participating everyone can join in.
Use Magnetic Eggs
Fixing a magnet to the end of a decorated Easter stick of fishing rod can make for an easy way to pick up eggs which have a magnet inside. This will prevent having to lean over and reach down to the ground to get the eggs, and it will add an extra element of fun to the hunt.
Tie Balloons Around Them
Tie either a helium or manually blown balloon around filled Eggs will help them to easily be found and picked up. Making it will easy to be able to go right up to the egg and pick them up from the balloon string instead of having to reach all the way down to the ground.
Use Beeping Easter Eggs
For those with vision impairment, using their sound can be much easier. Buying eggs that talk or beep can be just as fun and much easier for kids to find. Once the eggs are opened, the sound shuts off making them easy to use for years to come.
Move it Indoors
Setting the hunt up indoors can have several benefits. Depending on where you live, unpredictable British weather can pose a risk to the ground becoming inaccessible or difficult to navigate. There are also plenty more hiding places that are within reach of everyone.
Colour Code your Eggs
If you have different ages this includes adults participating, assigning each person a colour of egg to find helps to ensure that everyone will end up with the same number of goodie in their basket. This will also help you to hide eggs in places with disabilities, making it fun for all.
Replace the Chocolate Inside
Making sure you cater for those who have allergies or intolerances to traditional Easter goodie, especially chocolates or those with dyes. If their favorite sweet or food that’s safe to eat doesn’t fit inside their eggs, try hiding a piece of a riddle inside each one. At the end, they can solve to receive their treat or reveal it’s location.
There are many ways to make sure your Easter Egg Hunt is success and accessible for everyone involved. However yours ends up, I hope you have a safe and inclusive happy Easter.
I would love to know how you make your Easter and accessible one.
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