I’m not non secular, however I’ve all the time beloved celebrating the secular model of Easter. It feels prefer it marks our official emergence from winter, with all of its child chicks, pastel eggs, floral napkins, and grinning bunnies. I’m right here for all of it—and this 12 months, that means creating baskets for my toddler-aged niece and nephew.
They’re ages three and one, which implies I’m making an attempt to keep away from something chocolate or jelly bean-related and am, as an alternative, on the hunt for non-candy treats. I’m reasonably happy with the success I’ve had, and it wouldn’t be proper for me to maintain all these concepts to myself, so I’m right here to share them with you in the present day.
Certain, crayons are nice all 12 months spherical, however bunny-shaped crayons are additional particular this time of 12 months. I first noticed these, which made me gasp slightly (I instructed you, I like the vacation), however I had a tough time justifying spending practically $20 with transport for crayons. As an alternative, I opted for this additionally lovely and extra inexpensive choice, which is available in packs of two, with “Completely happy Easter” packaging. However you can even search “bunny crayons” on Etsy for a load of outcomes. (There are additionally plenty of egg-shaped crayon choices, should you desire to go that route.)
A part of what I like about Easter is that, once we’re fortunate, we will spend at least a part of it outdoors. The coolness has left the air and youngsters wish to run free—after which they wish to beautify some sidewalks with some chalk. I’ve checked out lots of sidewalk chalk, and I’m digging this set essentially the most due to its funky patterns. However this little starter package from Melissa & Doug is nice for the littlest artists.
Mess-free artwork provides
Typically you wish to hold little children occupied with artwork with out having a multitude to wash after they’re performed, which is why I’ve all the time been a fan of mess-free artwork merchandise. My nephew likes animals, so he’s getting this reusable Melissa & Doug “Water Wow! On the Farm” ebook; they’ve a wide range of different variations, too, together with ones with autos, dinosaurs, safari animals, and ocean creatures.
They’re about to be spending a lot more time outside, now that things are warming up, so a pair of shades will come in handy. These flower sunglasses from Carter’s are perfect.
I always put at least one book in my son’s basket; they’re the perfect basket-filler when you need a little extra something. I wanted to get an Easter-related book for my one-year-old niece, so I went with The Itsy Bitsy Bunny board book. (For my son, I pre-ordered the new Dog Man book, Mothering Heights.)
Easter bath bomb
After such a fun day, they’re going to want to wind down with a nice, relaxing bath—with an Easter bath bomb that hides a squishy toy inside! Of course, there are a number of other bath-related items that would be great basket fillers, including bubble bath, a new rubber ducky, or a set of bath paints. (None of those have a squishy hidden inside, though.)
The basket itself
You may have a dedicated basket you use for your kids every year, as most of us do, and that’s normal and good. But if you’re looking to switch things up for a child age two and up (or, like me, this is for someone else’s kiddo), I have a suggestion. This Bilibo seat is one of the most wondrous things my son has ever owned, and it would make a nice basket to hold all their treats, too.
I’ve written about the Bilibo before because it’s more than just a funky-looking chair—it’s something kids are able to incorporate into any number of imaginative scenarios. At approximately $30, it’s definitely a splurge; but it’s great for fidgety kids who need to rock and spin about, and they’ll also surprise you by playing with it in a variety of unconventional ways.
If you still need a few cheap, easy ideas, there are always stickers, bubbles, Play-Doh, or seasonal window clings for their bedroom windows.
It also never hurts to throw in a couple of favorite non-candy snacks or treats, such as pastel-colored Goldfish crackers for the toddler or the baby’s favorite flavored food pouch.