Easter can be a difficult time of the year for children who suffer from allergies or have limited access to sugary treats, but they should still be able to enjoy the holiday fun. Here’s how you can throw an Easter hunt for allergic children that is both safe and enjoyable for allergic or sensitive kids.
Why it’s important to include children with dairy allergies in Easter hunts
For children with allergies, Easter egg hunts can be difficult to participate in. However, there are plenty of ways to include dairy-allergic children in the fun! One way is to use plastic eggs rather than traditional chocolate ones.
You can also fill the eggs with non-dairy treats, such as mini candy bars, stickers, and other small toys. You can even hide larger items such as books or small toys instead of eggs if it’s more suitable for your group of kids.
With a few simple tweaks, you can make sure everyone has a great time on Easter – including those that have food allergies!
Easter hunt ideas for allergic children
Before you start, check with the other parents…
It’s best to consult with parents about what their child would like to do regarding the egg hunt. Some may choose not to participate at all; others might opt for plastic eggs without candy inside. Some might even want their child to get involved but make sure there are non-edible prizes available such as books or small toys. This will make sure that everyone is comfortable and participating on their own terms.
Look for alternatives
If you’re going for edible treats for your Easter hunt, make sure to swap out chocolate eggs with more allergy-friendly options such as vegan chocolates or homemade alternatives like marshmallows or decorated dairy-free biscuits.
Up the fun factor with costumes
You could pick up costume accessories like bunny ears, glasses, or any other Easter accessories you’d find in a party store. Face paint is an option too, and you can create some easy designs such as eggs on cheeks or cute carrot designs!
Instead of Easter baskets, why not consider gifting the Jellycat Amusable Moon Bag for the children to collect their eggs in?
Design a map for children to follow
To make your Easter hunt even more exciting, create a map of the area or house which includes fun points of interest for kids to find – these could correspond to each clue and the location of the treasure.
For example, mark the garden with a picture of a butterfly, the living room with an image of a couch, or the kitchen with a bunny. Doing so will help guide participants along their adventure and give them something interesting to look out for!
Decorations for your Easter hunt for allergic children
Finally, you’ll need decorations and other items to set your egg hunt apart from the rest – get creative! You could use egg-shaped streamers and balloons around your house or garden as well as free-standing Easter hunt signs to direct your children at certain points.
Don’t forget about each child’s end prize: a special bundle filled with treasures like stickers, activity books and craft supplies that everyone can enjoy regardless of dietary restrictions, plus their favourite pick out of a Jellycat lamb, chicks in a nest or huge bunny to cuddle! This will ensure everyone’s safety while still providing those joyous moments when they reach the grand finale of this Easter extravaganza!
Here is a list of items that you’ll need for your special Easter hunt:
- Plastic eggs
- Easter themed stickers
- Craft Supplies
- East activity books
- Face paint
- Streamers or other decorations
- Easter hunt signs
- A map of the Easter hunt
- A Jellycat bundle (a Jellycat lamb, chicks in a nest & huge bunny) as a star prize
We hope that this guide has given you some inspiration and ideas on how to make Easter egg hunts inclusive for children with allergies. With a few small tweaks, you can ensure that everyone can have fun with the traditional egg hunt no matter the challenges at hand. Have a wonderful and safe Easter!
Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lucy Clarke