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Growing up, my parents always came had such creative Easter baskets for my sister and me (alright, let’s be honest, it was probably all my mom). They always tailored the baskets to our interests. For example, when my sister and I were budding stage hands, our Easter baskets were tool boxes filled with a couple of tools and candy. When I was younger, my basket was a pajama pocket stuffed animal filled with goodies. Every year I looked forward to Easter morning to see what they came up with.
For my little guys, so far we’ve only done traditional baskets. But as they get a bit older, I am looking forward to developing creative Easter baskets for them as well. With a little thought you can put together your own unique baskets for the young ones in your life. I’ve put together eight ideas to help you save time and get the creative juices flowing.
I tried to provide several ideas within each basket to give you a lot of options. You should tailor your basket based on the recipient’s age, as well as your budget. Throw in a bit of Easter grass and candy to finish it off, and you’re done! Without much effort or additional expense, you’ll have creative Easter baskets to delight and amaze your little ones. Happy Easter!
What better for Easter than a basket full of things to get your youngster ready for spring? You can buy kids’ gardening kits, or buy individual tools like small shovels and trowels. Also consider a water can and seeds, and arrange everything in a plastic or terra cotta planting pot.
Another fun option is to add a rock painting kit to spruce up the garden. After Easter, make an outing to find the perfect rocks for your masterpieces.
Do you have a kid that loves to cook? Foster that love with items to help them create delicious concoctions such as muffin tins, a whisk, cookie cutters, a rolling pin, measuring cups, and a kid’s cookbook. Also consider adding something to get them in the kitchen right away, like cake or brownie mix.
If your kids are really young, don’t waste your money investing in quality items. They’re going to take a beating, until they learn to take care of their tools, so take a trip to the dollar store and raid the kitchen section.
If you have enough time and want to splurge just a little bit, these personalized aprons are adorable! We got my son one for Christmas a few years ago and he loves it!
If your kids are a bit older and are like to help out in the kitchen, check out these set of kids’ kitchen knives. Fair warning: you’re not going to get a fine chop with these, but they’re good for rough cutting vegetables and fruits. And most importantly, your giving your child the opportunity to contribute to making family meals. The pride they will feel and the skills they learn will have you beaming with pride as well.
Put everything in a mixing bowl and you’ve provided your little chef with future hours of fun in the kitchen.
With the weather starting to improve and the days staying light longer, your kids are probably clamoring to get outside and play. And chances are you are eager to get them outside too to burn off some energy! Pick your favorites from this list of toys to play outside:
- Sidewalk chalk
- Jump rope
- Baseball glove
- Water guns
- Water balloons
Don’t forget the sunscreen, bug spray, and sunglasses!
Pile everything together in a toy wagon, throw in some candy, and your kids will be ready to go!
If you’re an outdoorsy family this is the perfect creative Easter basket for you! Get your little hikers ready for all of their adventures with a magnifying glass, binoculars, water bottle, nature identification book, local hiking book/map, and a pencil and notepad for drawing their nature observations. Pack everything in a mini backpack and your explorer will be ready to make new discoveries!
Actually, I just found this fun outdoor pack that includes everything you need! Add a chocolate Easter bunny and you’re done!
Live near the beach, or visit one often? This creative Easter basket will get your beach bums ready for warmer weather. Ideas for this basket include sand toys, a swim suit, towel, sunscreen, beach ball, kite, frisbee, and a hat. Put everything in a sand bucket and you may be planning a beach trip before you know it!
Or really make your life easy and get a pre-made bag of sand toys. Just like the junior explorer bag above, all you need to add is some candy and you’ve got an easy, creative Easter basket that will have your kids headed to the nearest sandbox.
What kid doesn’t like to do art projects? Foster that love by supplying paint and paint brushes, markers, colored pencils, a smock, and a doodle pad, in a caddy. You can find most of these things at the dollar store and put together a fun, creative Easter basket that’s also super frugal! Win-win!
Raid the dollar store or your local craft store to let your crafter’s imagination run wild. Popsicle sticks, pompoms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue, glitter, construction paper, scissors, yarn, in a tote bag. Add some fabric markers and the first project can be decorating the tote bag!
My kids love doing science projects and I am happy to oblige them (if you have little scientists at home, check out my Pinterest board on STEM/kitchen science!). Get a great starter science kit to serve as the base for this creative Easter basket (my two and four year olds have had a lot of fun with this kit, but it would be even more appropriate for slightly older children).
Add some pipettes, safety goggles (not needed for any of the experiments in the science kit!), or a lab coat, and you’ve put together a creative Easter basket that will build your kids’ brains and provide tons of fun.
Creative Easter Baskets: Not as Hard as You Think!
Do you put together creative Easter baskets for the little ones in your life? What did you do? What was the best Easter basket you ever received? Drop a line in the comments below! Happy Easter to all who celebrate!