I can't believe that Easter is right around the corner, it snuck up on me! I love planning for this holiday, in some ways more than I enjoy prepping for Christmas. There are just so many great ways to prepare and celebrate Easter, especially with young children. In the next two weeks I'll be posting crafts, healthy meals and other topics related to Easter, stay tuned! Meanwhile, below is my first Easter tip.
Easter Tip #1: Healthier Alternative to Easter Basket Fillers
My children LOVE Easter baskets and eggs full of goodies, but l feel like we are just recuperating from the Valentine’s Day sugar rush! The last few years, the Easter bunny has not packed our baskets and eggs with chocolates and peeps, he’s gone a healthier route!
Try out some of these basket and egg fillers instead of the sugary and chocolate filled ones found in traditional baskets.
- Books: How about an Easter themed book or new bookmarks.
- Gift Certificates: Older children may enjoy a small gift certificate to a local frozen yogurt shop or bookstore.
- Small Toys: Bath toys, small puzzles, stickers, tiny stuffed animals, temporary tattoos and dollar store items are big hits.
- Treats: A small amount of candy is ok, but try adding yogurt covered raisins, trailmix, nuts, and pretzels to baskets.
- Clothes & Accessories: Does your child need a new swimsuit? How about some flip-flops? Hair ties, barrettes and nail polish are nice…what about a new toothbrush? One of my friend gets her kids PJs for the warmer weather.
- Consider a theme and filling your child's basket with appropriate items. Think outside the basket if you will, with these ideas:
- Outside Fun Theme: As the weather gets warmer, children will enjoy things they can use outdoors. Think bubbles, balls, sidewalk chalk, sunglasses, water guns, new beach toys, jump ropes and hula hoops.
- Garden Theme: Encourage your child to pick up a new hobby! How about including some seed packets or child friendly gardening tools? Kid-sized gardening gloves or a small watering can.
- Craft/Art Basket: Boost you child’s creativity with a new box of crayons and a coloring book. Maybe some paints and brushes, washable markers, a new pack of stickers or playdough.
Now how about those chocolate & candy filled eggs? You might consider filling your eggs with the following items:
- Stickers! Kids loves them….buy a large pack and then cut them into small sizes that will fit in the eggs.
- Band-aids are fun, try ones with characters or that are brightly colored.
- Trail mix or mixed nuts are healthy treats.
- Raisins, granola, dried apricots, other dried fruit or sugar-free gum
- Kids will LOVE finding coins or even a dollar bill in an egg or two!
- Avoid the full size candy bars and stick to the small snack size portions (in a limited amount) if you want to include candy.