Easter long weekend is quickly approaching, which means that it’s time to start gathering goodies to fill those Easter baskets with! I LOVE this task and so enjoy filling up my kids’ baskets with things they’ll truly enjoy and use. My goals when filling Easter baskets? Avoiding the usual candy and cheap chocolate overload and choosing quality treats and things my little ones will use and get something out of instead.
Here are things to include in your child’s Easter basket this year…
- A treat. While I’m not into giving our kiddos an entire basket full of chocolate and candy, what would an Easter basket be without one little treat, right? The type of treats you include will depend on your little ones’ ages and what you feel good about feeding them of course, but the key for us is to always aim for treats made with quality ingredients. For our older one, we may do something like a small, locally made dark chocolate bunny, a homemade crispy rice egg, or a dark chocolate lolly filled with fruits and nuts, while for our little one we may do a package of Love Ducks or a little jar of homemade nutritious baby cookies.
- A book. Quite possibly favourite part of any children’s gift! Not only do books encourage reading and family time, but I feel like including them in birthday gifts, Christmas stockings, Easter baskets, and the like makes them really special and treasured, which is exactly what we want when trying to bring up children who value and enjoy reading. There are so many great options, but for toddler Easter baskets, I especially love Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehle and The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett and for bigger kid Easter baskets, I especially love An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston.
- Something that encourages creativity. This can be so many things depending on your child’s age, but anything that encourages them to create and use to use their hands and imaginations goes! For littler ones, perhaps a batch of homemade baby play dough, set of egg-shaped crayons, or some easily washable, non-toxic finger paints… For older ones, maybe some homemade play dough with Easter egg playdough mats, a new palette of watercolour paints, or a set of beads with elasticized string. Stickers and stamps are also great choices for little ones of any age!
- Something that encourages outdoor play. There’s not much better than the arrival of spring and once again being able to spend the majority of your days outside again, is there? It’s something we look forward to each year and I love including something that encourages being outdoors in my kids’ Easter baskets. The options here are endless, but some of my go-to’s are sidewalk chalk, bubbles, skipping ropes, balls, little gardening gloves, seeds, and shovels.
- Something to wear. I’m not sure if I should be ashamed or proud, but one of the things I often do as a mom is gift my kiddos things they actually need, which is basically what this ‘something to wear’ category is all about. With ever-growing kiddos and a new season upon us, your little one’s Easter basket is the perfect place for that new swimsuit, hat, or a pair of sunnies he or she actually needs. I’ll even go as far as including pastel-coloured socks or undies if that’s something my little ones need come Easter time! Another option is including a sweet little Easter romper or button-up shirt that the kids can wear for Easter photos or a family dinner.
Well, that’s it – 5 things to include in your child’s Easter basket this year, regardless of their age! What else do you like to include?
Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She’s passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.