After Easter, you might wonder what else you can do with all those colorful plastic eggs. I call this game the “Do one, Find one- Easter Egg Hunt.”
- Think of 5 fun gross motor activities you’d like your child to do with you, and write each one down on an index card. Place the index cards in a paper bag. Here are some examples: Throw a ball back and forth 5 times. Take turns kicking a ball between two targets 5 times. Hold hands and take turns walking backwards all around a big circle you can draw in chalk. Jump over a rope you hold at higher and higher levels 3 times. Catch 10 beanbags in a laundry basket.
- Hide a small treat (eg. small piece of dried pineapple or beef jerky, a grape or raison) in each of 5 colorful plastic Easter eggs, and hide them around your backyard.
- Have your child pick a card from the paper bag. Do the activity together with lots of “high affect” (smiles, excited voice, high fives). Then let your child look for one Easter egg and enjoy the treat!
- If you want to add language practice, give your child a verbal or written hint as to the location of an egg.
- If you want to practice facial referencing, tell your child to “follow your eyes to the prize.” (see reference page)
- If you want to teach your child to ask “Where?”, write “Where?” or “Where is the egg?” on an index card. After she does the gross motor activity, hand her the card if she needs prompting to ask you where the egg is.
- To transition from this preferred activity of hunting for the Easter egg, to the possibly less preferred gross motor activity, you might ask with a smile, “Would you like another Easter egg? (Get a head nod or yes from your child, preferably waiting for natural eye contact as well.) Ok, first let’s do another card from the paper bag, and then we’ll hunt for another egg!” If needed you can write your first…then statement as a visual aide.
- Enthusiastic pacing keeps the game fun and keeps it going. Make the first couple of gross motor activities short and easy so that your child gets to the pay-off quickly and learns he can anticipate it.