An event can only be truly fun when it’s inclusive and accessible to everyone. As we prepare for Easter egg hunts, we must ensure children of all abilities can participate and have a great time. Inclusivity should be the default, not an afterthought, and it’s up to us to create and push for events that are truly fun for all children. With a few modifications, you can create an inclusive Easter egg hunt that’s a blast for everyone!
Here are 6 tips you can use to plan an inclusive Easter egg hunt:
- Choose an accessible location. Ensure that the area you choose for the egg hunt is accessible to all participants, including those with mobility issues or who use wheelchairs. Choose a location that follows the principles of Universal Design and is level and free of obstacles, such as uneven terrain or steps. Make sure this also includes the restrooms and food concession areas.
- Provide adaptive equipment. Have adaptive equipment readily available, such as tongs, scoops, or baskets that a participant can wear on their shoulder, across the body, or attached to their wheelchair to help children with mobility or dexterity issues participate in the egg hunt.
- Make the main space sensory-friendly. Many children with disabilities may have sensory sensitivities that make them averse to loud noises or bright lights. Avoid planning loud music, like DJs or live musicians, especially in enclosed spaces. Don’t include strobe lights as part of your primary design. Provide some quiet areas for guests who might need to take a break.
- Make sure the eggs are findable. Use brightly colored eggs, eggs with contrasting colors against their environment, or eggs that emanate a sound or a light to make them more visible to children with visual impairments. These changes will make it more fun for them to participate in the egg hunt.
- Provide clear instructions. Provide clear instructions to all participants, including any adaptations or modifications that have been made to the egg hunt. Consider providing participants with a social story or visual schedule ahead of time on your website or social media. These will ensure that everyone knows what to expect and can participate fully.
- Don’t make food and candy the main focus. For kids with allergies and sensory concerns, candy, cake, and snacks can be a major letdown. Make sure to provide goodie bags that include fidget toys, stickers, and other fun items that have nothing to do with food.
By following these tips, you can create an accessible and inclusive Easter egg hunt that will be enjoyable for all participants, including those with disabilities. Remember: these changes can be implemented, even at the last minute! Don’t forget to share these tips with your child’s school, church, or community group to encourage inclusivity and accessibility for all events.