Eggs-amples of Outdoor Easter Fun
Easter brings a whole bunch of new ways to play or get messy with your child. There are all kinds of Easter themed items that can be used to have fun as a family. Easter also marks the beginning of spring for most families, so get outside and try some of these fun activities that can also help your children with their occupational therapy goals.
- PAINT with Kool-Aid to get a delicious smelling painting experience. You just need water and a cup of Kool-Aid. Encourage the kids to decorate the driveway and sidewalks in Easter themed designs. This is a great sensory experience for smell and touch. You can make it more of a fine motor activity by having them copy shapes or letters.
- Try an EGG TOSS using raw or hardboiled eggs. Let the kids decorate them first so they know whose egg is left in one piece at the end of the game. This is a fun activity for eye-hand coordination and motor planning (judge how soft or hard to throw the eggs).
- Another variation of an egg toss would be to play CATCH with some homemade JELLO EGGS. This is good for squishy tactile play. Find out how to make them here.
- Have a RACE with an egg balanced on a spoon. This improves both motor planning, attention, and coordination to keep the egg balanced.
- Have an Easter egg hunt but only allow the kids to pick up the eggs using tongs. Hide candy or game pieces inside the eggs. You will work on some fine motor coordination and hand strength to manipulate the tongs as well as 2 handed coordination to open up the eggs and take the prizes out.
Get out some eggs and have some fun. Feel free to adapt these games for whatever the season or holiday! They can be fun for the entire family the whole year long!
Kellie Costello, MOT, OTR/L