For parents of children with disabilities, Easter represents a fantastic opportunity to plan some fun, inclusive activities that will brighten everyone’s day.
From accessible easter egg hunts to messy play ideas, there are a range of inventive easter activities for children with special needs that’ll engage and excite.
Of course, every child is different, so be sure to adapt our suggestions for the individual; considering any aversions, dietary requirements or specific interests they may have.
Easter Egg Hunt
A springtime staple! And with just a few simple tweaks, the classic easter egg hunt can become the ideal activity for children with disabilities.
You could use brightly coloured ribbons to create a trail to follow to a stash of easter goodies – whether eggs or other prizes.
Alternatively, you could hide the Easter eggs in a large bucket or container filled with – for example – rice, shredded paper, or even jelly, to create a sensory Easter egg hunt tailored to your child.
Easter-Themed Texture Book
If you’re looking for quieter, more relaxing easter activities for children with disabilities that are still highly engaging, then an easter-themed texture book may be perfect for you and your child.
And, since there’s no one-size-fits all approach to making a texture book, you can customise, including textures that you know your child enjoys – whether bubble wrap, velvet, foam or felt.
- Punch holes in several pieces of A4 card.
- Bind the pages together using treasury tags or ribbon.
- Cut your chosen sensory materials into a variety of easter shapes, whether eggs, rabbits or chicks.
- Stick your sensory materials directly onto the pages.
And that’s it! Once your texture book is finished, find a cosy spot to sit with your child and let them flip through the pages to their heart’s content.
Easter Messy Play
A fun way of engaging the senses, messy play – so-called because it involves interacting with everything from paint to shaving foam – is a great activity for children with disabilities as it lets them, well… get messy!
With its bright, refreshing colours, Easter is the perfect backdrop for some messy activity.
You could print off several Easter shapes and encourage your child to fill them in with whichever colour they like!
Paint is best, but messy play can make use of a range of materials, including lotions, play dough, and even food; whatever sets their imagination spinning!
And that’s just a few!
The key to activities for children with learning disabilities is to approach each child as an individual and tailor any games or activities to their needs.
That way, everyone can join in on the Easter fun! At Abbots Care, we’re experts in providing tailored support for children with learning disabilities, so get in touch if you feel we could help you and your family.