Going on an Egg Hunt!
How do you make holiday traditions accessible to a child who is visually impaired? In this learning experience we go on an Easter egg hunt. Instead of hiding eggs and expecting the child to find them, we’ve adapted the song “Going on a Bear Hunt” to “Going on an Egg Hunt” and added our own motions and lyrics.
It doesn’t matter if your child is ambulatory or non-ambulatory, verbal or non-verbal. Your child will learn to understand that items and people still exist even when you can't see or hear them, anticipate what happens next during the activity, be introduced to orientation and mobility concepts, and even practice a calming breathing technique when the “egg hunt” becomes too exciting!
You can also adapt this activity by going on a hunt for one of your child’s favorite things, such as a “ball hunt” or a “teddy bear hunt.” The whole family can join in on the fun, and this creates shared joy.
This activity will take 5 to 10 minutes depending on your child’s mood and interest.
1. Gather materials and choose a comfortable location to have fun.
2. Introduce your child to the experience by telling them about it and showing them an object cue like one of the eggs. You can show them the egg by letting them touch it with their foot or hand. Use hand-under-hand if they are not ready to explore it independently.
3. It might be best to hold your child in your lap so that they can feel you doing the motions.
4. You might consider a countdown before starting. For example, “We are going to start at the count of three. One, two, three!” This helps the child prepare for the activity.
5. For some children, you might want to sing the song as a preview first before adding the actions and motions. This gives them time to process the auditory information first before adding the next layer of complexity -- the movement. It is sometimes hard to understand both at the same time.
6. Sing the song or say the rhyme and do the actions and movements.
7. When you’re done, say “All done!” Enjoy eating the treats in your Easter basket.
The “Going on an Egg Hunt” Song