Soon the Easter Bunny will be delivering overflowing baskets of candy and colored eggs to children of all ages. While an occasional sweet treat isn’t awful, there are so many other fun things to fill those baskets! I love putting together Easter baskets for the girls. There are SO many great ideas out there and you can find tons of great deals right now!

Toys
All kids love toys! A special toy can make the holiday fun last long after the ears have been bitten off the chocolate bunny. Choose something suitable for your child’s age and interests.

  • Board games
  • Card games
  • Dolls and action figures
  • Etch a Sketch
  • Flash cards and other educational toys (My girls are loving learning the States)
  • Interactive electronic devices
  • Jump ropes
  • Lego blocks or building toys
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Stuffed animals
  • Travel games
  • Video games
  • Books (my girls are all getting personalized books from Paper Hat Press. We love their books!)

Tickets

Your child’s eyes will light up when she discovers these treats! Create a family memory by putting tickets to a special outing in your child’s basket, like these:

  • Concerts
  • Festivals
  • Local theater productions
  • Movies
  • Seasonal activities like an Easter egg hunt, hayride, or visit to a pumpkin patch or county fair
  • Sporting events

Eco Easter Basket - (cool) progeny

Arts and crafts
A masterpiece is waiting to be crafted by your young artist’s skillful hands. Fill the basket with supplies to spark imagination and release creativity.

  • Chalk
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers (washable, of course!)
  • Modeling clay
  • Non-toxic paint – finger paints, watercolors
  • Pens and pencils (We LOVE Stubby Pencil Studio – eco products for creative kids!)
  • Play-Doh

Pampering

Even little ones like a little primping. Make them feel extra-special by giving them pint-sized and kid-friendly versions of grown-up luxuries.

  • Bath-time body paint
  • Bubble bath
  • Scented hand sanitizer
  • Hair accessories – barrettes, headbands, ribbons, scrunchies
  • Sponges, loofahs and poufs
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes

Theme baskets
The options are limitless! This gift can truly reflect your child’s unique personality and pursuits, and appeal to his or her individuality. Some ideas include:

  • Favorite cartoon or movie character
  • Cowboy/cowgirl
  • Ice cream parlor
  • Pizza party
  • Pretty princess
  • What I want to be when I grow up
  • Travel baskets (we are going away for Spring Break and my girls baskets this year have all things they can take on vacation)

Easter treats don’t have to be calorie-laden and edible. With a little thought and planning, Easter baskets can be filled with fun things that engage our kids mentally and physically! We have limited the candy to just a chocolate bunny or some jellybeans. They don’t miss the candy!

Photo Credit: Laura Beynon