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Easter is coming, and it seems like every kid has the same question: what is the Easter bunny bringing? While we believe that Easter is about more than chocolate bunnies, at this stage in our children’s lives, it’s less about explaining that. We just want them to enjoy the holiday, even while they don’t quite understand why.
However, it’s tricky putting together an Easter basket for a preschooler. I’m not keen on filling his basket full of candy, since it’ll come back to haunt me. In addition, I want things that will be in use long after Easter. Finally, I just don’t want to overdo it. Since I suspect a lot of parents are in the same boat, I’ve put together some great non-candy easter basket ideas for preschoolers, to make shopping easier for all.
1. Something to Play With Outside. It’s finally spring! And in my mind, the more we can enjoy the outdoors after the cold days of winter, the better.
2. Easter Books, or Books with a Spring Theme. Some of these are the rather cute ones that James’s mom got Theo. And I’ve included some other adorable ones I found.
- Happy Easter, Mouse!
- Thomas Saves Easter!
- Black and White Rabbit’s ABC
- A Lullaby for Little One
- Happy Easter, Little Critter!
- Llama Llama Easter Egg
- Duck & Goose: Here Comes The Easter Bunny
3. Healthy Treats. Because at this point, my little doesn’t know the difference between a healthy treat and a sugary dessert one. (Unless, of course, they’re both right in front of him.)
4. A New Accessory for Spring.
- Hats – this one, though!
- Sandals – either casual or dressy.
- Sunglasses – my kiddo would love these, and these retro print ones are so cute!
5. Something for On The Go. Spring starts the season of traveling, and it’s always nice to have something to provide entertainment.
- Toy cars – these ones have a play mat, also!
- Reusable sticker sets – my mom got this one for Theo and he is obsessed. There’s also dress-up, adventure, and more.
- Water reveal pads are another option for mess-free travel toys – animals, princesses, dinosaurs
- Velvet animal coloring scenes
6. Stuffed Animals. I went with a spring theme, but you can always just add your little one’s favorite.
And of course, let’s not forget the Easter eggs! Sometimes we make regular dyed ones, and sometimes we do plastic. But either way, these are the coolest ones I found!
So what do you usually do for the kids in your life for Easter? Do you make it big, small, or not at all?