I didn’t realize how bad my vision was when I was younger. I assumed that everyone saw two of everything, the world was blurry, and small items were difficult to see. Because of this, I assumed Easter egg hunts were very difficult for everyone and not just me. I never attended any special events for kids with low vision, and didn’t learn that there were beeping Easter egg hunts for kids with low vision until I was in high school. Here are some of the ways I participated in Easter egg hunts when I was younger.
See where everyone else runs
I’d sit at the end of the start line with the rest of the kids, and then watch them fan out. I then would walk out and see where the most kids were, and just sit down and start finding eggs in the grass. After that, I would just follow the same group of kids from section to section and find a handful of eggs.
Have a partner
I would request to be partnered up with a friend or my brother, and they would help me find eggs. Since all of my friends and brother had near-perfect vision, the partnership worked very well. This also helped me avoid not slipping and falling on eggs that I might not have noticed. No one seemed to care that I was working with someone else.
Use your cane
I have attended more Easter egg hunts in college than I ever imagined. Since I started using a blindness cane when I began college, I found myself using the cane to help me search for eggs in the grass. This helped tremendously, and I found myself getting more eggs than before…though it still wasn’t a lot.
Bright colored eggs
It’s a lot easier to find eggs that are bright neon colors than it is to find the more washed out pastel eggs. One of my friends told me that their family used to put dots at the top of eggs with safety/fluorescent tape to help them find the eggs easier, without it being too easy to find the eggs.
Attend special Easter eggs hunts for kids with low vision
If available in your area, the beeping Easter eggs are an activity that allow everyone to be at a level playing field. In addition, it’s a great way to meet other kids who have low vision and practice with locating objects. Contact your local department for the blind/visually impaired or other low vision/blindness organization for more information.