Easter is right around the corner and whether you celebrate for religious reasons or not, it's the perfect time think about making it a special day for your kids. Whether your kiddos are older or are just beginning to grasp the concept of the Easter Bunny, finding items to put in your child's Easter basket besides candy can seem like an arduous task. It's a task well worth the effort though, since Easter baskets are one of the most anticipated traditions for most kids. I remember the Easter baskets my mom put together for my brothers and I to this day— filled with handpicked goodies for us personally. And best of all, there was hardly any candy to be found.
With the abundance of Easter themed candy — peeps, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs, to name a few — many moms are making it their mission to avoid all of that excess sugar, and the subsequent sugar highs that follow.
Although buying gigantic bags of candy and tossing treats into the basket is convenient and easy on your wallet, it may not be best for your child's health. By putting a little extra thought into your baskets this year, can not only save your child a trip to the dentist, but ensure that Easter baskets are a tradition your child will look forward to for years to come.
Books are the gift that keeps on giving and one that can offer much more than a sugar high. Stories like Little Bitty Friends are sweet and perfect for littles. There are enough Easter-themed kids books to go around, and most of them are small enough to leave room for other goodies too.
2. Customized Crayons
What child doesn't love coloring? This Easter, Crayola is offering customizable boxes of crayons for you to design for (or with) your child. You can choose from three different sizes, eight-count ($5), 64-count ($13), or a custom art case ($50). You can upload your child's photo or some of their favorite artwork onto the box to make it that much more personal.
3. Dried Fruit Or Nuts
4. DIY Felt Veggies
5. DIY Nail Polish Marbled Easter Eggs
6. Sidewalk Chalk
7. DIY Twist Tie Bunny Ears
8. Cheddar Bunnies
Clementines are inexpensive, packed with Vitamin C, and just as sweet as any candy you can buy.
10. Easter Egg Terrariums
13. Spring Flowers
If I was a child (and still to this day, actually) getting live flowers would make my day. Pick up something in season, like lilies or tulips, and put a few in each basket.
15. Homemade Fruit Leather
If you're looking for a healthier alternative to jelly beans and other candy, try making your own fruit leather with this recipe from Hello Glow.
16. Small Stuffed Bunnies
They are the Easter Bunny's favorite snack, after all.