There are so many things that are fun about Easter, that doesn’t include candy! OK, candy is a pretty good part, but, it’s not everything! If your kids are like mine, they’ll get plenty of candy from school, community egg hunts, family parties, neighbors, and even our grocery stores invite the kids in to pick up candy they throw all over the floor. So really, do they need MORE in their Easter Basket on Sunday morning? I proposed they don’t! Besides, if you kids are really little, aren’t you the ones stealing all the candy from their basket anyway?
I could be wrong, but I actually don’t remember getting candy at ALL in our Easter basket on Sunday morning (feel free to correct me mom?!?!). We hunted in the yard for actual hard boiled eggs. And we hunted for our baskets filled with crayons, hair bows, nail polish, jewelry, etc.
So, what are the WE doing for Easter this year to minimize the sugar coma?
First of all, our contribution to the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt: Erica spent Saturday filling plastic eggs with these cute chicks (1.99 for 36 of them at Oriental Trading):
- A football
- A stuffed animal
- Hair Bows
- Card games
- rubber balls
- blow up beach balls
But other things you could put in an Easter basket include:
- dollar store stuffed animals (I’ll never forget one Christmas when we got some awesome presents for Erica, and her FAVORITE gift was a dollar store bear we put in her stocking! I could have saved a lot of money that year and got more bears!
- Sidewalk chalk
- Jump ropes
If you don’t put things in the kids basket on Easter morning to wake up to, hiding plastic eggs with small things for the children is fun. (for older children who won’t choke on small things of course) Each child can have a designated color and put small things specific for that child. For example. TJ could have to find all the blue eggs. In the blue eggs I put things HE would like:
- A Lego (one in each egg)
- a quarter
- Bouncy balls
- sticky hands
- Those little parachute guys
- mini stamps
- Porcupine balls
So, what non food items are going in your kids baskets Easter morning?