This year, I ‘ve decided to do something different. No candy Easter baskets.
I know, I know. The Reeses and Cadbury Eggs are a staple in Easter baskets but by the time we get home from both sets of grandparents and whatever egg hunt we come across in our travels, we are more than set on candy.
I don’t know about you all, but I can’t take any more candy coming into our house. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but can I tell you a secret?
We still have Halloween candy that hasn’t been eaten. My kids are excited to collect it at Halloween, just like they are at Easter. But, all of this candy around the house not getting eaten by my children means it is around tempting me. That had got to stop!
Read on to see 6 Easter basket ideas that aren’t candy
Here is a run down of some of the things that I grabbed to put into the Easter basket.
My kids are never happier than when I bring a fresh container of bubbles home. They don’t have to be fancy by any stretch of the imagination, just plain old bubbles. They keep my kids busy for hours…even my older kids. You can grab these at the dollar store and no one would be the wiser!
These characters from the popular TV show on Sprout were made into toys. Even though these are from a show for younger children, my 8-year-old really enjoyed using his imagination with these toys. They transform from planes to the characters from the show.
Another item that you can pick up at the dollar store is sidewalk chalk. We tend to have all of the neighborhood kids congregate at our house when the weather is nice enough to play outside. For some reason, when the sidewalk chalk comes out everyone stops and takes the time to draw.
My kids have been begging for these for a long time. They are stuffed animals that can be ‘flipped over’ and turned into to different animal. They come as stuffed animals, or in a smaller size that is plastic and are small enough to fit into Easter eggs.
I threw this into the Easter basket because I discovered that my oldest had no clue how to jump rope. Is this not a skill that they teach in PE anymore? Anyway, I digress. I put one of these in the basket to help with that skill he is lacking!
I suggest these because they are in what looks like bigger Easter eggs. So they would be good for hiding during an Easter egg hunt. Inside you will find cute animals, they come with a name, birthdate, and info about what they like. To my youngest’s delight, one of the animals shared his birthday so he thought that was really cool.
Tell us, what non-candy items do you put in your Easter baskets? Do you think you will try any of these ideas?