Easter this year is a little different to most. There will be no going out on family picnics, no going around to friends, or visiting loved ones. The government couldn’t be stressing it more, the importance to stay home, to save lives from the coronavirus. This can bring its own challenges for every family, including those with special needs children.
Below are a few activity ideas for the family to make an Easter at home more enjoyable for everyone:
Homemade potato Easter egg stamps
This is a great art activity for kids, that doesn’t require extensive fine motor skills, so is a perfect activity for many special need’s kids. Additionally, it’s something that a big brother or sister can still enjoy.
All you need is:
- Paper towel
- cut the potato in half and, tap the cut end on the paper towel to absorb the moisture.
- (Mum or Dad should do this part) Cut shapes, zig zags, lines, and circles into the potatoes. Use your imagination.
- Let the potato dry on the paper towel again
- Press the potato into paint, and stamp onto paper and use your imagination
- Allow to dry. Whoohoo! you now have some amazing artwork to stick around the house????
Have a Easter picnic in the back yard.
Instead of going to a park to have an Easter picnic, have one at home. Why not pack up the picnic rug and basket and set it up in the back yard. Do everything you would usually do when going to a park, and it will feel almost the same. Make some special Easter snacks to make it extra fun.
Easter Egg Hunt
Kids always love an Easter egg hunt, its just part of this time of year. You can still do this in the comfort of you own home. If you have more than one child, and you want both to get an equal amount of eggs, color code the hunt. Child A has to find all the green/blue eggs, and child B has to have pink/purple eggs. This means if child B is in a wheelchair or walker so the eggs need to be placed in a more visible or easier to reach place, child A can’t take them. If you are struggling financially because of the current crisis, and don’t want to spend too much money, hard boil real eggs and paint them (the kids can help) ….and do the hunt with these.
Bake some cookies, and get some bunny, or egg shape cookie cutters. Kids love to be involved with baking. Decorating cookies is a great way to keep kids of all ages occupied. Cookie dough is also a great sensory product. Mix up some icing, give them some lollies, decorating embellishments, and let their creativity shine. This can be done with children sitting, or standing in their special need’s equipment.
Topping homemade pizzas is another idea for kids. Give them an Easter twist and put ears on the pizza to give them a bunny look.
Visit Cousins through video conference
You don’t have to miss out on seeing your relatives just because of COVID-19. Set up a zoom meeting with the whole extended family, and exchange at home Easter activity ideas. Play music over zoom to Nanna and Pop. Sit down and have an afternoon coffee, or get the kids to do a role play to the cousins. There is so much you can do over video conference; the only limit is your imagination.
Spending Easter at home for one year isn’t a bad thing, it will bring your family together and there are so many ideas out there that can involve the whole family even your special need children.