You also might still be stumped though for what to stick in your children's baskets, so I have rounded up 25 ideas that are easy to find, inexpensive yet still not making you feel like you settled for cheap crap, and fun for many ages. I did write an ever popular post a few years back (Simple Easter Basket Fillers), which alas features beautiful handmade items for which the deadline is past for ordering and them arriving in time. These items should all be available in your house already, at a local grocery store, or via Amazon with Prime shipping making it possible for arrival on time.
Products are grouped according to age, but that doesn't mean those outside the range I put cannot enjoy fun treats found in other groupings. =)
For the Youngest of young (Ages 2 and under)
1. Jumbo Triangular Crayons (by Melissa & Doug). If you have broken crayons laying around your house, melt them into colorful and fun shapes using a silicone candy mold or even just a muffin pan.
4. Bath toys - The LANCO Natural Rubber are BPA and phthalate free.
7. Stickers are always a winner. I buy a sheet or two and then cut them up to fit into eggs.
8. Easter Egg Sidewalk Chalk is another easy and cheap usable treat.
9. Play dough - You can buy this pretty much anywhere from a drugstore to just ordering it. eco-kids Gluten Free Dough is fun, natural, and gluten free! If you're running really low on time, just whip up a batch in your own kitchen. No Cook recipes as well as simple recipe for stovetop dough that can be tweaked to be whatever color and scent you wish!
10. Coins - Nothing delights a small child like dimes and quarters. Plus you get to clean out your wallet or the bottom of your diaper bag.
11. Holy Cards - We have a ring of holy cards that we sometimes bring to mass in attempts to keep our 3 year old focused and quiet. This could be something you start in their basket or you could add a card to an already existing collection.
12. Bubbles - Another easy crowd pleaser. Here's our recipe for making your own.
13. Small instruments such as a Harmonica (Melissa & Doug) or these Maracas perfect for little hands.
14. Finger Puppets like this Monarch Butterfly One one from Folkmanis, really any by them are superb quality.
15. Wikki Stix Rainbow Pak - perfect for the creative and imaginative young mind. They can be shaped into letter, or used to build and decorate.
16. Temporary Tattoos - these Fingerstache ones are super fun!
17. Nail polish - I don't have little girls, but if I did they might be getting some Piggy Paint
18. Seed packets - A fun springtime activity that can be both fun and educational.
19. Chopsticks - especially if you eat a lot of Asian cuisine, these could be fun. My son would personally get a kick out of these Luke Skywalker Light Up Chopsticks
20. Water Balloons - summertime is on its way in and you might as well buy these now.
22. Mugs - Tea, hot cocoa, plain ol milk? Definitely a useful item that can be personalized to anyone. I personally love this Disney Pixar line that this Russell from Up Mug is a part of.
24. Playing cards - These Princess Bride are the most epic ones I found. You're welcome. Several of our favorite card games might work, too!
25. Reusable Snack Bag - maybe not the coolest gift, but still can be a fun twist on a useful item.
Healthy food ideas to fill the eggs
26. For really little ones, try raisins and craisins
27. Annie's Bunny Graham Friends or even homemade tiny sugar cookies with sprinkles
28. Yogurt covered raisins - Trader Joe's sells these for a great price.
29. Candy covered sunflower seeds - another Trader Joe's win!
30. All natural Fruit Chews or Leather that can be rolled up.
Now that you have seen all the ideas mulling in my head, here's what will be filling our baskets this year:
Adrian (age 10.5 months)
Our Lady of Lourdes Collectible Vinyl Doll from Shining Light Dolls
Eggs filled with raisins because that's pretty much where he's at food wise.
Blaise (age 3)
A new toothbrush because I'm an exciting mom. I did find a Captain America one if that counts for anything.
Dominic (age 5)
The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso + illustrated by Katalin Szegedi
And both boys will have a variety of treats and masquerading treats (aka yogurt covered raisins) hiding in eggs as well as their request of a chocolate bunny.
If you're interested in more of our favorite books for Eastertide, check out this list from the archives.
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This post 30 Last Minute Easter Basket Fillers and what is going in our baskets this year first appeared on Two Os Plus More on 31 March 2015