Easter is such a fun time with the kids. Although my kids know the Easter Bunny is not the reason we celebrate Easter, we still enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter morning. I know my kids will get plenty of candy from their grandparents throughout the day, and there will be plenty of candy filled Easter eggs. That’s why I prefer candy free Easter basket fillers. I have put together a list of my 5 favorite candy free items that make great Easter basket fillers, especially if you have waited until the last minute to put a basket together like I have!
What kid doesn’t love puzzles? We enjoy putting puzzles together as a family, and there are so many different options depending on the child’s age. There are wooden puzzles for the younger ones, and options in larger or smaller pieces for the older ones. Gifting new puzzles is also a great excuse to toss out all those old puzzles with missing pieces! Consider adding 1-2 puzzles with an Easter/Spring theme or the child’s favorite animal/character.
Children love to create, and art supplies are a great way to stimulate the imagination. Coloring books, crayons, markers, paint, craft paper, and other art supplies are great for filling an Easter basket.
Books are another great way to add some educational value to your child’s Easter basket. I like to include 1 Easter themed book and 1-2 other books that are appropriate for the child’s reading level. Board books and bath books are great for toddlers and babies.
Both of my kids really love Legos and are always asking for another Lego set. Smaller add-on sets are great additions to an Easter basket. If your child is constantly asking for another Lego set, Give the gift of Pley – unlimited LEGO® toy rentals. There are lots of Duplo sets for the younger ones, too! This is also a great way to cut down on the number of Lego sets cluttering your home while providing your child with new sets to explore!
To me, Easter signifies Spring is here, and it’s time to get outside to play. Bubbles, sidewalk chalk, water guns (yes, we’re pro- water gun), sprinklers, and balls and bat sets are a great way to encourage outdoor play, and they all make great Easter basket fillers!
Do you have any suggestions to add to our Easter baskets this year? I will be putting together baskets for my girls later this week and would love to hear your suggestions!