Easter is almost here, which means that it is high time you put together a basket full of goodies for your most precious ones. If you are tired of the same old gifts, stay with us. Here are five ideas for fun and budget-friendly Easter baskets for your kids.
Easter Basket to Promote Motor Play
If your little one is 12 to 18 months old, you should put together an Easter basket that will develop his or her motor skills. Children of this age are still too young for candy, so different kinds of simple toys will be good. Stacking cups are a great choice, since they will help with eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Also, bath toys that can be squeezed and easily moved from hand to hand are also fantastic for that purpose. Plastic eggs are highly required, too, since the basket needs an ultimate Easter look.
Garden Themed Easter Basket
A small plastic toy wagon filled with different kinds of candy, such as chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, jelly beans, and egg-shaped lollipops is a perfect option for kids aged from 2 to 5. This is an amazing alternative to a traditional Easter basket, and you can be sure that kids will love plastic gardening toys included in it. Just fill the wagon with green shredded paper which will remind of grass, and then place all the toys and candy in it. Add a pair of bunny ears for the cutest look ever, and hide your present so that children enjoy their hunt.
Toy Truck Easter Basket
A toy truck Easter basket will be a perfect surprise for your little boy aged from 2 to 5. He will be so excited to discover his favourite vehicle stacked with candy and amazing toys. Just go and purchase a bunch of different sweets and other goodies, such as chocolate eggs and bunnies, as well as toys like Frisbee, jigsaw puzzle, sidewalk chalks, or a soft ball. Boys will love the fact that they can keep the truck, while munching on candies they got in it.
Sleepy Bunny Goody Bags
Such a goody bag requires some sewing and embroidering skills, however, it will be worth all the effort in the end. You will need two pieces of fabric (20cm x 15cm), which should be sewed together in order to make a pouch. Then cut out the ears from the same fabric, and sew them to the pouch. The last step is embroidering the bunny face on the front side of it, and voila – there is a perfect handmade goodie bag for your little ones. Fill it with different treats and let the hunt begin!
Sensory Play Games
Sensory play is an essential part of your children’s development, so including toys and games that enhance it is actually a great idea. An Easter sensory bin can be one of the best solutions, because it includes hands-on play. You will need rice dyed in green, little fluffy chicks, wooden and plastic eggs, small scoops, and acrylic flowers. Fill the bin with rice and let the kids feel its texture, put chicks in the eggs and tell them to open and count these, let them practice scooping… There are so many possibilities with this one. Video games can also enhance cognitive and development and sensory skills, andPoptropica is one of the best of them. It definitely has multiple benefits – besides being entertaining, it is also educational.
As you can see, putting together an Easter basket doesn’t require much money – all you have to do is to include your kids’ favourite candies, as well as games and toys which will promote their cognitive and sensory development. Learning through play is the best way of learning, so make sure that this aspect of an Easter present is covered, too.
About the author
Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Aussie expat living in the UK and a newbie parenting blogger. Check out her blog Young Mom Of Two.