I’ve been thinking for a while now of what to put in our Easter basket’s this year. I feel like Easter is tricky. I don’t want excessive candy (because I don’t want them to eat it and I don’t want me to eat it). It’s not really a holiday for “big gifts” like Christmas, but I also don’t want more junk toys that they will be interested in for 5 minutes.
There are lots of suggestion lists on Pinterest but most of what’s on there still seems junky to me.
Everyone loves the Christmas rhyme, “something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need.” I know there is a longer version of this too. I decided it’s time to come up with a quick method of determining what to put in Easter baskets for my family. I don’t know if it will end up being quite as catchy as the Christmas rhyme but here goes nothing!
Easter Basket Staples
Science project – My almost 4 year old loves watching youtube videos and last year he found videos of the Mentos & Coke science project. He really wanted to try it! I decided to let the Easter Bunny take the credit and leave the supplies in his Easter basket. I knew right then that I would always include some cool science project in our Easter baskets. This year I’m debating between Coke & Mentos again (because I’m lazy) or the “elephant toothpaste” experiment.
Craft Project – My boys definitely inherited my crafty trait. They love painting or anything else crafty. I haven’t decided what exactly I will include for a craft project. I want it to be fun and age appropriate for both of my boys. We’re trying to keep it cheap this year so maybe I’ll grab one of those $3 painting kits in the dollar section at target. Or maybe some fresh homemade play dough and some new cookie cutters.
Homemade gift – Like I said, I’m crafty and I love it. This year I might do bean bags they can toss or maybe drawstring backpacks. I have so much fabric lying around and a sewing machine so this is a way I can add something they will love without spending more money. This will be a fun creative outlet for me too!
Treat – I definitely try to not over do it with treats, but getting something special helps them feel the magic of the holiday. I’m thinking we’ll do peeps this year because I know my preschooler has seen them at the store and he’s curious about them.
Drink – My kids go nuts for juice boxes! We’re a water and milk family mostly when it comes to beverages, but I know they will light up if they see a juice box in the Easter basket.
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Healthy Snack – Honestly, I’m thinking about including a ziplock bag of carrot sticks or strawberries in their baskets. I know they will get excited and my mom conscious will be clear.
Book – Can’t miss out on an opportunity to buy a new book! I can’t decide if it will be easter themed to save for next year or non-holiday books that they can enjoy all year.
Shirt – Hello Target! I’m sure I’ll be there at some point between now and easter 😉 so I’ll grab a couple of the cute Cat & Jack shirts they have. I love putting my boys in matching shirts.
Seeds – My husband is an avid gardener but we haven’t been able to have a garden for a few years now. This is the year we get back to it so I want to get the boys excited for it!