Tuesday, March 31, 2015

30 Last Minute Easter Basket Fillers and what is going in our baskets this year

Running behind on filling the Easter baskets this year? I just finally made my last purchases the other night via trusty ol' Amazon and then sent my husband to a local chocolatier on his lunch break to grab some chocolate bunnies. And I think that should wrap it up for this year, but since I am behind schedule, I thought perhaps you might be, too.

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.

2. Natural Baby Bubble Bath (by 7th Generation). If you happen to have random ingredients around your house, you can also make your own fizzy bath bombs!

3. Bib or washcloth

4. Bath toys - The LANCO Natural Rubber are BPA and phthalate free.

5. Wooden Easter Eggs - encourage Montessori style play with these simple craft items. Can be found at a local craft store pretty easily. You can also dye them bright colors with the same ingredients you use to dye regular Easter eggs.

6. Sarah's Silks Rainbow Playsilk - A little pricy for an Easter basket filler, at least I think, but I definitely think this is a quality product, so if you were just going to do one nice toy, this would be perfect.

For the Exploring Preschool age (2-4 years)

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.

For the Older Child (5-10 years)

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. 

21. Legos - there are a good number of small and inexpensive sets like this Creator Emerald Express that can build three different designs.

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.

23. Bug Bungalow Perfect for capturing creepy crawlies and looking at them up close and personal.

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

The Gospel for Little Ones from Ignatius Press

My First Easter by Tomie dePaola

Eggs filled with raisins because that's pretty much where he's at food wise. 

Blaise (age 3)

Wikki Stix

A new toothbrush because I'm an exciting mom. I did find a Captain America one if that counts for anything.

The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary by Maura Roan McKeegan + illustrated by Theodore Schluenderfritz

Dominic (age 5)

Wikki Stix

A new toothbrush - his is a Star Wars lightsaber one. Making brushing cool since 2015.

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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  1. Great list! We have a few of those finger puppets, including the butterfly pictured, and they are a hit around here.

    1. Thanks Jacqui! We love those finger puppets and have a bunch as well. =)


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