My mom gave me an Easter basket well into adulthood and I LOVE the tradition. It’s been so fun starting this tradition with my children. My daughter’s birthday has fallen very close to Easter Sunday the last few years so I have tried to make her basket distinct from just any other gift and I’m pretty thoughtful about what goes into it.
Since I’ve seen this question pop up on the mommy social media groups asking for ideas of what to put into kids’ Easter baskets, I wanted to share what I typically curate to fill my kids’ Easter basket with each year. Here is an easy template and some ideas to get the juices flowing. And, for ease, I made it into an acrostic. Think about each theme and start building your perfect Easter basket now and enjoy the excitement of Easter morning.
How to Fill Your Kids’ Easter Baskets
Why do we celebrate Easter? Choose some books or interactive options to teach your children about faith and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Use this gift as an opportunity to have important conversations on this milestone occasion. Here are a few ideas:
- Tiny Theologians ABCs of Easter is a beautiful set of cards for little ones to learn the alphabet AND the Easter story.
- My great-aunt passed down a beloved set of Resurrection Eggs from her grandkids to my children last year. It is vintage and so cute. Family Life has been making these for years and you can get the latest ones for tiny hands!
- The Story of Easter is a great Little Golden Book to teach children about the holiday. For more options, check out this Read Aloud Revival Podcast for book ideas for Easter baskets.
Coloring books, markers, and activity items from a local dollar store or the dollar aisle are an easy place to start and can even be used to continue the discussion about why we celebrate Easter. I also love having some things for the kids to do while I’m prepping Easter brunch or to play with if they come to “big church”.
- Crayola has a lot of ideas. You can even print some free coloring pages to include in the basket from Pinterest featuring images from the Easter story. Last year we downloaded and printed palm branch coloring pages and colored them and then discussed their significance in the Easter story.
- Jane.com typically has some great Easter finds (while they last!) and I like this decorating kit option.
Creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are the guiding principles of STEM. Think of some options where you can collaborate as a family and ways you can have your little ones thinking critically.
- B’loonies are a huge hit in my house. (But watch for small parts for the littlest ones.)
- Kites are another great option and help you get out of the house and enjoy the spring days.
- Zingo – My aunt is a long-time teacher and she engaged our 4-year-old for a long time with this game.
- Have you seen this option to build a home for your Peeps?
- Include some seeds or items to build a fairy garden and inspire your kids to get outside and create in nature.
This is your softball obviously. I like to go both traditional and innovative. Every Easter basket in my home gets delivered with a Cadbury Crème Egg or Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg. Then, I’ll add whatever the latest and greatest is in the Easter section at my favorite retailer.
First, I love this word and it is all about producing results. This is where I think about a small gift that is going to get my kid excited about a necessary and often mundane daily task. The result is a win-win for both of us and empowers my kids to take care of themselves. I typically choose one of the following:
- Bath treats – glow sticks, bath capsules, and color bath tablets are all great to include because they need all the reasons to take a bath!
- A new toothpaste or toothbrush. Last year I got them some new toothbrush holders so they could stow theirs away properly.
- A fun new hairbrush and spray conditioner help encourage actually brushing hair and relieve the fights about tangles.
These gifts are the same concept as new underwear at Christmas. Use the Easter basket as an option for purchasing that must-have piece of clothing or pencils for school.