Updated April 2022
There are several different types of commercial Easter Eggs that enable students with visual impairments to join in the fun.
8 beeping and light up flat tiles (receivers) that are activated with a remote control. Each tile can be placed in a plastic Easter egg and will still be heard! Has a 100 foot range! The receiver has a button for each tile, making it easy for the student to press a button and follow the beeps to that specific receiver/egg. Each receiver has an LED light, making it possible for low vision students and sighted peers/siblings to find Easter Eggs in the dark! This SIMJAR Key Finder is currently available on Amazon Prime for $26.99. Note: There are other types of key finders available as well!
Traditional beeping eggs are large plastic eggs that are battery operated. These eggs are controlled by a simple on/off switch and the eggs emit a constant loud beeping sound. These eggs can typically be found at Target, Hobby Lobby, Amazon and more; however, be sure to purchase your eggs early, as they sell out quickly!
JoJo and Friends electronic Talking Hide ‘Em and Find ‘Em Easter eggs are adorable electronic eggs that talk to you while you hunt them. Inside is an additional surprise!
Want to use traditional Easter eggs? Make it easy for low vision, blind, and students who physically have trouble bending over, picking up or holding an Easter egg. Simply attach a balloon (wide ribbon works well) to each Easter egg. For most students, the best height is for the balloon to be eye-level for the students. Low vision students can easily spot the balloon. Blind students can locate the ribbon using their long cane (or arm). Students in wheelchairs can grab the ribbon instead of trying to reach the egg on the ground. Student with physical handicaps can simply grab the balloon.
O&M Hint: Audible Easter Egg hunts are a fun way to teach sound localization and moving towards sounds! Audible Easter Eggs can be used for a variety of fun activities. How about playing tag in the gym? Give each student a beeping egg and have one student tag the moving eggs. To make the game more challenging, students who are holding the eggs can only hop away – no running!
By Diane Brauner