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Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Food Allergies

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One of my favorite things about being a parent is the ability to be spontaneous. My older son dreads Easter egg hunts because of his severe food allergies. He runs around every Easter with his brother and sister collecting plastic eggs and then has to hand over all the treats. We have tried so many different ways to host an egg hunt over the years with toys, stickers and even coins, but it never has the same thrill for him until now. Last night I was spontaneous and decided to try something new, an Easter egg hunt for kids with food allergies, a night glow in the dark egg hunt!

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The idea came to mind when driving into Laguna Niguel yesterday for baseball and seeing a sign for a flashlight community egg hunt. I thought it was such a brilliant idea, but we could make it more fun at home. I headed to the store and bought the clearest plastic eggs I could find and a package of glow sticks at Michael’s.

While the kids were watching a movie after dinner, I started to put the eggs together. I am not going to lie – it was hard. It took forever trying to twist the glow sticks into the eggs, and I had to be extremely fragile with the bowl of eggs; otherwise the plastic eggs would pop open.

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Once I was done it was time to make the announcement. I called a family meeting, and then began to cover the kids with glow necklaces sunglasses and bracelets (pretty much so that I could see where they were in the park).

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The kids squealed and screamed with excitement all the way down to the park. I have never seen them so eager and egg-cited about an egg hunt. The kids stayed in the car with my husband while I “hid” the eggs around our local park. I told the kids how many eggs they could each collect, and they were off!!

After the egg hunt, my older son Andrew came up and gave me a gigantic hug. He said, “Mom, I love you.” We went on the swings and ran around the park for a little bit before heading home. The kids all fell asleep covered in glow sticks with memories of a fun night. For my highly allergic child, he was finally able to experience the thrill of an egg hunt, like he had before developing food allergies, only better!

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I apologize for the quality of the pictures, I had not planned to write a story about our experience, so I only have grainy and blurry cellphone pictures.

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One Comment

  1. This is a GREAT idea!!! I can’t wait to try it with my kids!

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