Are you looking for an Easter basket idea that the kids will love (minus all the candy, sugar and chocolate)? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few Easter basket ideas and easy-to-plan activities that will keep the kids happy and busy this holiday.
Sensory Basket: Sensory fidgets are a tool that can help keep kids calm and focused. Fidgets can be especially helpful during the Easter holiday (when there are a lot of family gatherings and over-stimulated children could use a healthy distraction). Here are a few ideas on how to fill your sensory basket:
- Fill plastic Easter eggs with a variety of sensory fidgets, like squeeze balls, fidget spinners and silicone toys like the Micro Mat!
- Add sensory activities like ‘touch and feel’ books, slime and scratch & sniff stickers.
Egg Basket: If you are giving an Easter basket as a gift, then you will love my egg basket idea! I fill the basket with a dozen eggs that I have already boiled. I then fill the basket with a variety of stickers, stamps and temporary tattoos. This is the perfect activity for little ones to skip the store-bought kits and make their own designer eggs!
- Stickers: Make sure to get small stickers. Large stickers won’t fit around the egg and causes the sticker to be bumpy.
- Stamps: Purchase stamps that are small and can hold plenty of ink. Be sure to purchase a variety of inkpad colors for the basket too.
- Tattoos: Temporary tattoos on eggs are my favorite! I remember my nephew at our Easter egg hunt screaming for joy when he found all the Super Hero eggs I made for him using tattoos.
- Play Mat: Keep your child’s crafting tools organized and mess free by gifting the Play Mat this Easter! Those stickers, stamps, tattoos and eggs will all have their place in the flower compartments of the mat.
Fine Motor Basket: I have a huge collection of wind up toys and they are always a hit with the kids I work with in feeding therapy. The fine motor skills needed to play with this type of toy is perfect for strengthen their hands or ‘warming-up’ fingers before using utensils at mealtime.
- Easter: Easter-themed wind up toys are easy to find at your local dollar store.
- Sports: You can find a variety of toys based on teams (Broncos), mascots (Tiger) or sports (Baseball or Hockey).
- Animals: I have to buy unicorns and horses in bulk because the kids I work with always beg me to keep them!
Mealtime Basket: Easter is all about food and family time. So why not make it an Easter basket theme? Fill a basket with a few family favorite foods and some beautiful mealtime products.
- Making a basket for a baby? Try our Mini Mat and Mini Bowl. They are perfect for travel, come with their own reusable bags and fit on most highchair trays. Score!
- Get those toddlers in the kitchen with our mealtime bundle of the Happy Mat and book Making Mealtime ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat. This combo helps picky eaters try new foods!
- Keep the mealtime mess off of your kids clothing with our favorite bib + apron from Bapron Baby. It’s the perfect addition to your mealtime Easter basket!
Which basket will you try out this year? Tell us some of your favorite candy-free Easter basket ideas. Share your Easter tips and pics with us using the hashtags #ezpzfun and #Easter2018.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz