Easter Basket Ideas (with no candy or sweets!)
Want to create an Easter basket that the kids will love without all of 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.
Mealtime Basket: Easter is all about food and family time. So why not make your Easter basket mealtime themed? Fill a basket with a few favorite foods and some functional mealtime products!
- Baby: Looking to make a basket for a baby? Try putting our First Foods Set in a decorative basket with a few fresh avocados and bananas. Voila! Baby and parents have what they need to get baby started on their first bites!
- Toddler: Keep the mealtime mess to a minimum with our Mini Mat + Bapron Bib Bundle. And make toddler meals more fun and functional with the Mini Cup + Straw + Mini Utensils, too!
- Pre-Schoolers: Get those kiddos in the kitchen with you with our flagship product, the Happy Mat, and it’s book companion, Making Mealtime ezpz. This classic combination of products helps picky eaters try new foods. Score!
Sensory Basket: Sensory fidgets are tools that can help keep kids calm and focused. Fidgets can be especially helpful during the Easter holiday (over-stimulated children need a healthy distraction!). Here are a few ideas on how to fill your sensory basket:
- Plastic Eggs: Fill Easter eggs with a variety of sensory fidgets such as squeeze balls, fidget spinners and silicone toys like the Micro Mat.
- Basket Fillers: Add sensory activities to the basket, such as ‘touch and feel’ books, play dough, slime, card games 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 are unable to lie flat.
- Stamps: Purchase stamps that are small and can hold plenty of ink. Be sure to purchase a variety of ink pad colors for the basket, too.
- Tattoos: Temporary tattoos on eggs are my favorite! I remember how thrilled my nephew was when he found my Super Hero eggs; I made these 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 can strengthen their hands or ‘warm-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).
- Animals: I have to buy unicorns and horses in bulk because the kids I work with beg me to keep them in stock!
Which basket will you try this year? Tell us some of your favorite candy-free Easter basket ideas. Share your Easter tips and pics with us using the hashtag #ezpzfun.
Dawn Winkelmann, M.S, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist & Feeding Specialist for ezpz
Dawn Winkelmann (M.S, CCC-SLP) is ezpz’s Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist. She has 26 years of experience teaching parents and medical professionals how to start babies on solids safely and encourage toddlers to overcome picky eating. In addition, “Ms. Dawn” is the designer of our award-winning Tiny Cup & Tiny Spoon (for infants) and the Mini Cup + Straw Training System & Mini Utensils (for toddlers).