Easter, a time of year when it’s acceptable for everyone to eat chocolate or chocolaty hot cross buns first thing in the morning! Easter is also a time for individuals and their families to go on holidays and do fun Easter activities together. For people with Autism, activities around Easter time may Cause heightened sensory experiences. Here are a few sensory activity ideas and tips to try this year so everyone can join in the Easter egg hunt together!
Provide Chocolate alternatives
While it may seem everyone loves chocolate, not all of us do and not all of us can eat it. Many kids have food allergies or intolerances. There are so many alternatives you can gift someone that doesn’t include chocolate and they will still love it just the same. Try baking them Easter decorated biscuits. Taste has a great easy recipe that uses the all-time favourite arrowroot biscuits. If food isn’t an option, try wrapping some fun little goodies like winter pajamas or bed socks.
Easter egg hunts
Easter Egg hunts are for everyone to participate. Simple resources can make the world of difference for someone with Autism, such as using a schedule, colour coding and giving designated eggs colours, or mark out the search area with ribbons or signs. if you know someone who has a physical disability give this article by Huffpost a read! It shares some creative ideas parents have come up with to help their child participate in Easter egg hunts like creating magnetic eggs that can be picked up with a magnetic grabber.
Come up with fun Sensory activities
There are endless sensory activity ideas you can create to ensure that the holidays are jam packed with fun. Little Bins for Little hands has a great article on different types sensory activities you can use, from science experiments to water play to arts and crafts, there are so many options depending on your child’s sensory preferences. Over the long weekend, there are days when you might feel like staying in, these sensory activities are a great way to have fun at home while still celebrating the festivities.
Easter is for everyone!
No matter what age you are, Easter should be a time of year that everyone can participate in. If you know an adult with Autism, there are ways you can show them your appreciation or help them to get involved in the Easter fun too. You can show someone how much you care by making them an Easter basket with all their favourite things. This could include, winter pajamas, bed socks, their favourite food, or an Easter ornament. When planning an event with the family over the long weekend like a picnic or barbeque, ensure this is in an environment and space that supports the individuals sensory needs, such as a quieter spot in the park or include activities that the individual loves to participate in.