7 Fun Easter Baskets That Do Not Include Candy
With Easter fast approaching moms everywhere are purchasing items for their kids’ Easter baskets. When packing an Easter basket many of us automatically think chocolate rabbits, marshmallow Peeps, and Whopper eggs. In the interest of raising healthy kids a little bit of sweets goes a long way. So….what else do you put in that large basket that won’t break the bank? Here are just a few great alternatives to candy that your children are sure to love.
Spring Outdoor Fun Basket: Easter usually happens just as the weather is warming up. Small outside toys like bubbles, side walk chalk, or small balls might be a perfect way to get your kids playing outside. Add a cute T-shirt & short set, new sandals, or a sun hat and you have a complete basket that is sure to excite kids that have been cooped up inside during the winter months.
Gardening Fun Basket: Maybe spring time for you means getting out in the garden. Why not let your best little helper join in the fun. Try putting seeds or bulbs along with a pint size gardening can, gloves, and spade in a basket. I bet you’ll see a smile grow on your little one’s face. Target always has adorable gardening items for both boys & girls.
Crafty Kid Basket: These baskets are great for keeping kids busy on those rainy spring days. Crayola Color Wonder makes mess free marker, and paint sets that are great for mess free fun. They also make a line of art supplies for very young toddlers. Older preschoolers can use some washable crayons and coloring books for hours of quiet time play. Also, you may want to add play dough or moon sand. If you don’t mind messes some washable markers, construction paper, glue, glitter, and kid safety scissors can be hours of fun.
Religious Themed Basket: A set of Resurrection Eggs can make teaching preschoolers about the holiday fun and engaging. A small baby Bible or board book about Easter would be a great addition for toddlers. Also, including the dry ingredients and recipe card to make Resurrection Rolls might be a fun family activity for after Easter Sunday Lunch.
Cooking Buddy Basket: Equip your little chef for healthy eating by teaching them to cook. This basket might have a healthy kid cook book, kid’s size cooking supplies such as an apron, oven mitt, and some fun measuring cups. Maybe bake a healthy version of cup cakes or cookies from scratch to share with family during the holiday. Who knows this may become a fun family tradition.
Educational Basket: Leap Frog makes a toy called Fridge Phonics that is an awesomely fun way to learn letters sounds. Small blocks or counting bears for math fun, and some workbooks can make for one school ready preschooler. Flash cards & board books are another inexpensive way to teach toddlers about shapes, colors, numbers, & letters. Target often has educational books and flash cards in their dollar section. If your budget is a bit larger try using Goosie Cards to design your own set of personalized flash cards using your pictures & words.
Bed Time Basket: A new bath toy, washing mitt, and bath crayons can make a big splash with little ones. Avon makes roll on body wash paint colors for decorating little bodies during bath time fun. Grab a new pair of your child’s favorite character PJs, a new tooth brush, and a bed time story or small lovey to round out this fun toddler basket.
Any of these baskets can be done on just about any size budget. Try springing for one $10-$20 item, and surrounding it with dollar store finds. For example, buy a $12 color wonder kit, and get a notebook, scissors, and washable crayons at the dollar store. Also, if you are on a very small budget be creative about substitutions. If the Fridge Phonics set is more than you’d like to spend buy some simple magnetic alphabet letters. They’ll serve the same purchase for a much much smaller price.