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When Alex was little I started including bubbles in her Easter basket every year for a fun thing that wasn’t candy. And she LOVED it! So every year I looked for a new non-candy Easter goody to put in her basket. Pens, gift cards, chalk, and hair ties were all very popular over the years.
Now it’s Clara and Aislynn’s turn! Aislynn already has a penchant for the sweet stuff. She once told Alex that she only wanted to eat things that were “1000% sugar”. Oy. It’s really important to find cool non-candy things to put in her basket.
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite non-candy Easter basket stuffers for both kids and toddlers that your kids will love!
I believe every child should enjoy bubbles as often as possible in their childhood. Pair a bottle of bubbles with some fun and different wands and your kids will be occupied for hours! As the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and Aislynn loves bubbles just as much as Alex did when she was a little girl.
Now that it’s officially spring and the weather will start to get warmer soon (I HOPE! There was SNOW on the ground here in Illinois this morning! UGH!!) encourage kids to get outside and get creative. They can play hopscotch or create an artistic masterpiece! Aislynn has a blast with sidewalk chalk all year long.
I always think of spring when I see a kite. No idea why but it’s a good excuse to get outside with the kids and run around. Grab a kite and head to your nearest park. It’s memories like that you’ll treasure throughout your lives. Last year, our kite broke so I’m hoping we’ll have better luck this year.
And if we want to play after the sun goes down, we’ll get out these LED shuttlecocks and bat those around in the dark!! What a great idea!
Ch-ch-ch-chia. Does anyone else remember that song from the commercial? I think this is a great way to teach kids about growing things. Aislynn is always interested in what I’m growing in the garden and this is one way she can have her own little garden.
There are also plenty of great ideas for the littler ones. Here are a few fun toys for little fingers that you can put in their basket.
These are adorable! They’re brightly colored and they make noise too! Toddler fingers can easily grip them and sort them into their spot.
Speaking of toddler’s fingers, how cute are these finger puppets?! Alex loved putting black olives on her fingers and eating them but these are way better! Make story time even more fun by including these guys and bringing the story to life.
Melissa & Doug toys are the best. Nothing too fancy here, just high-quality toys for whatever stage of development your child is in. This is another stacking/sorting set with bright colors and different shapes to help develop motor skills.
Other Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
If you need a few more things to fill up those baskets, here a few super easy, cheap, and fun items that you can pick up pretty much anywhere. The dollar store is great for sunglasses, lip gloss, gel pens, flip-flops, and hair ties.
- Lip gloss
- Gel pens
- Activity/coloring books
- Crayons, markers, colored pencils
- Hair clips/ties
- New beach towel
- New beach bag
- Pool toys, like diving rings or beach balls
- Flip flops
It’s OK to include a few sweet treats too! But we don’t want to overload our kids with too much of it. They’ll hardly notice if their Easter basket is a little light on candy if it’s brimming with tons of fun and new things for them to enjoy!