With Easter coming up, you may be looking for some non-candy Easter basket ideas. While some candy is fun (especially in their eggs), I like to limit my kids’ candy intake by giving them items other than sugar in their baskets. You’ll find some great ideas you might not have considered below!
Coloring and Activity Books
There are so many great coloring and activity books to choose from! My kids’ interest in the type of coloring or activity book they want to do changes all the time so having a variety is helpful. We have regular coloring books, books with mazes, dot-to-dot books (ones that go a little higher than 20 or A-Z), as well as color by number. Putting any of these coloring or activity books in my kids’ Easter basket would definitely be a win, especially if I give them a new pack of crayons or markers to go with it.
With Spring in the air and summer close behind, bubbles make for a fun and inexpensive gift to put in an Easter basket. I’ve found that if I can limit the amount of time my kids spend trying to dip the wand in the bottle to blow the bubbles themselves, the longer they stay interested. That’s why a bubble gun toy or a larger battery powered bubble blower is a great option. If your kids want to “do it themselves”, you can easily put together a bubble snake blower or create a giant bubble kit and wands.
One of my kids’ favorite activities to do is lacing cards. We have a few different sets, ranging in size and theme. Some we’ve bought and others I’ve made for them. You can often find them online, or even in the Dollar Spot at Target. They are great for quiet bags, church or riding in the car. I like this DIY set from Sunshine & Munchkins that is Bible-themed to fit in with Easter, but you could easily make lacing cards out of any character or shape.
Board and Card Games
The age of the child whose basket you’re filling is a factor when it comes to choosing board and card games. For ages 3-6, consider games such as Candyland, Chutes and Ladders and Hi-Ho-Cherry-O. For ages 4-8, you can start looking into card games, such as Uno, or games like Guess Who?, Trouble and Jenga. I like picking games that help teach my kids how to use a strategy to win or where they have to be active.
Does your child have a favorite place they like to go for a treat? If so, putting a gift card into their Easter basket might make a great little gift for them. You could even turn it into a parent-child night so you can spend a little one-on-one time together! Another gift card option could be to give them money on a card for something your child is saving up for toys, video games, clothes and so on.