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8 ways you can Light It Up Blue

Participate in World Autism Day with these fun ways to Light It Up Blue.

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April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and to show your support you can Light It Up Blue. This campaign started back in 2010 and now over 600 cities participate, lighting up their famous landmarks blue—even Niagara Falls goes blue.

And you too can participate by wearing blue on April 2. But here are some more fun ways you can show your support.

1. Wear a selfie sign
Download this selfie sign from the Autism Speaks website. Then hold it up and take a selfie. Share it using #LIUB.

2. Eat blue
Get the kids in the spirit by adding a touch of blue to all their meals. You can dye their morning milk blue, by adding a few drops of natural food colouring. Then top their oatmeal or cereal with a few blueberries. For a special treat, start your morning with these Blueberry-Ginger Muffins.

Then for dessert, indulge in these Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes that have the most delectable blue icing.

3. Make puzzle piece cookies
The Autism Speaks logo is a light bulb with a puzzle piece inside it. Make a batch of puzzle piece shaped cookies to send to your kid’s schools. It’s a delicious treat and a great way for teachers to talk to their students about autism.

4. Read The Autism Acceptance Book 
There are lots of great books about autism, but The Autism Acceptance Book is one of our favourites. The activity book is perfect for kids ages six to 13 and helps them better understand what it’s like to have autism.

5. Wear blue shoelaces
An easy and inexpensive way to wear blue is to swap out your kid’s white shoelaces for blue ones.

6. Make your profile picture blue
Make your profile picture on Facebook and Twitter blue with this handy tool.

7. Use blue light bulbs
Home Depot has special blue light bulbs you can buy. Switch out your normal light bulbs for awesome blue ones, then you can actually light it up blue.

8. Download these colouring pages
These printable colouring pages from Autism Speaks are a great way to get toddlers and preschoolers participating in the event. Once you’ve coloured your puzzle pieces, stick them inside your kid’s lunch bags, on notebooks and even your windows to show your support.

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