Spring Cleaning vs. the Easter Bunny

With spring finally here two things automatically come to my mind:

1.) Easter- That basket isn’t going to fill itself and no one likes to be scrambling the day before trying to figure out what to put in it!

2.) Spring cleaning- Let’s be real, things have started to accumulate over the long winter. You feel like “stuff” is taking over!

To avoid adding more “stuff” to your house and to help you in filling those baskets I thought I would share some of the things I’ve prepared for my girls. Many times the same ideas come to people’s mind when they think of Easter baskets…peeps, jelly beans, chalk, bubbles, chocolate rabbits… And the kids can only eat so much candy. Furthermore, if it’s in the house, Mom will eat it at nap time. Below are some more nontraditional ideas for an Easter basket for your little ones.

*BOOKS! Okay so I’m always looking for a good excuse to buy the girls more good quality literature! This year I opted for Emeraldalicious because we have been in LOVE with Pinkalicious. And since one of my girls loves the color pink and the other loves the color green, I thought it would be perfect if we had both! I also snagged up Click, Clack, SURPRISE! a new one in the Duck series by Doreen Cronin and Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar. We love the first Hedgehug book so I can’t wait to read this one!

*Activity Books: My two year old has been watching her older sister work through different fun learning resource books and has recently been asking for one of her own. I’ve heard wonderful things about B is for Breakdancing Bear Alphabet Activity Sticker Book and so when it was on sale on Amazon I snagged a copy! (My oldest is currently working on the Brainquest for 1St Grade which is also an activity book series I highly recommend.)

*Travel Activities: Melissa and Doug make some wonderful On-the-Go activity books for kids. These are so helpful in the car, at a restaurant, or whenever you are in a pinch and end up having to wait with all your kids! I got them each a Water WOW book for their baskets! There are numerous different types to choose from.

*Art/Craft Supplies: New crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, water color sets, stamp pads, pomp-pom balls, pipe cleaners, or do-a-dots are great for filling Easter baskets! (Check out my Instagram or pinterest for some fun Easter do-a-dot fun!) This year I opted for playdough as our art supply. After a while playdough gets dried out or mixed into combination of every color. It’s always fun to get a fresh set for more creative play!

*Games and puzzles: I’m obsessed with games and puzzles. I feel that kids can learn so much from them and it is a great way to get the whole family playing together! I grabbed up puzzles this year from the target $1/$3 section to add to the girls’ baskets. Check out a list of great games under the Products We Love tab for some ideas of games I highly recommend.

  

Count Your Chickens is a super cute Cooperative Learning Game that is perfect for an Easter theme!

*Practical items: Socks and undies are always a good addition to any basket. They are always in high demand at my house! This would also be a good time to grab a new water bottle for the kids to keep on hand.  Or maybe you are in need of some new toothbrushes (perfect to help with all the candy they are bound to get from relatives).

What are some unique things that you like to add to your child’s Easter basket?

 

 

 

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