In schools, homes and classrooms, Easter events are taking place. Luckily, there are plenty of simple adjustments that can be made to ensure everyone feels included with these activities, especially those with special educational needs.
Here are a few ideas:
Organising inclusive competitions means structuring the contest to include all levels of skill and ability. So, instead of running something that’s based on specific knowledge, why not create broader briefs – for example, on a more general subject – that can be interpreted in different ways.
Creating artistic displays is a great way to physically interact with Easter themes in a way that can include many different types of materials and resources. Displaying the finished work is also a great way to celebrate the individual and their finished product!
Running an Easter Hunt, tailored to the individual’s specific ability, can be a fantastic way to interact with the wider environment and get out into the community. Just make sure that safety measures are followed at all times!
Make Easter hats
Easter hat-making is an inclusive activity because it’s fun, and something that EVERYONE can get involved with. The parade (socially-distanced...) is also a brilliant way to mix with people in a safe environment.
Here are some extra tips to make whatever you do fun and safe for all involved:
For any parades or Easter hunts, make sure there’s somewhere quiet where students can be taken if they suddenly feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Take breaks as needed, with plenty of access to snacks and drinks.
Have alternative activities available for any students who don’t feel comfortable getting involved with the planned task.
Provide photos afterwards for family members to communicate, inform and celebrate.
Consider encouraging the students to buddy up with a friend, teacher or sibling to help them take part.
Learn from others. Gather feedback and ask around. You’ll be surprised at the tips other parents, supporters, and carers have come up with to make events more inclusive!