Top 25 Non-candy Easter basket ideas for toddlers and preschoolers

Approved by my toddler and preschooler

Easter candy makes me happy and makes me smile. It comes in pretty colors, delicious chocolate bunnies,eggs, fruity flavors and of course, Peeps. I could go crazy in the Target Easter section! But I try to rein it in.  As you can tell, I love candy! I don’t just have a sweet tooth, but a bunch of sweet teeth!  While I love candy, I am not ready to let my kids have candy, especially not by the basket-full; they are 1 and 3 years old. Is this hypocritical? Yes, but I’m the mom!! I will eat mine when they aren’t looking ! If you must know,  my ultimate favorite Easter candy: Cadbury Mini Eggs. It has taken every ounce of will power not to buy them when I am at Target!

Update: Darn you Target, can’t pass up these little morsels when on sale! And totally ate some in the parking lot, not proud, but true.

Since my kids are little, I thought it best to find non-candy options to fill their Easter baskets. I think I will continue the this non-candy tradition as a they grow. With Easter 2 weeks away, I need to get cracking figuring out what I will put in their baskets this year.

There are lists out there boasting over 100 items, but I want to focus my list on gifts my kids really love (Kid Approved), gifts that are green and/or socially responsible and items specific to toddlers and preschoolers. So I am breaking my list down into those categories. I think picking 1-4 items from Kid Approved or Green and Socially Responsible and 2-3 items from the age appropriate sections would make a great basket.

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Kid Approved Easter Basket Ideas

These are items that I have given over the last two years and my oldest little guy just loved them. These items are good for boys and girls in the toddler and preschooler age range.

1. Bubbles: always a huge hit. Bubble wands are our favorite! We usually have several bubble wands around the house and at least two in the car.  Bubble machines are also really fun, don’t forget the bubbles.

2.  Sidewalk chalk: I love that I can get  a huge tub of sidewalk chalk, but  small boxes are nice to have in the diaper bag to take to the park. There is even Easter egg sidewalk chalk!

3. Magnets: were a huge hit the last two years! We love the Melissa and Doug  animals and dinosaurs magnets. There are the ABCs, numbers and a ton of other cute options. Tip: get a small magnetic dry erase board so kiddos aren’t under foot by the fridge all the time.

Dinosaurs and animals oh my!

4. Books: I never feel bad about buying books for my kids. Here are some of our favorite Easter books:  Llama Llama Easter Egg, Thomas Saves Easter, Bunny Rabbit Show ,Duck and Goose, and Peter Rabbit. We also love the Indestructible books, we have Mama and Baby, and at least 5 others.

These books are perfect for infants and toddlers, they can be chewed on, tugged on and don’t rip. They can also be washed!
Thomas Saves Easter
Peter Rabbit
Duck and Goose, Here comes the Easter Bunny
Llama Llama Easter Egg

5. Tooth brush and toothpaste

6. Cup or water bottle

7. DVD

8. Art Supplies

9. Stuffed Animal

10. Crayons and coloring book

 5 Green and /or Socially Responsible Easter Basket Ideas

Going through our toys to take pictures for many of the items in this post made me realize we have some green/socially responsible items, but we have a lot of conventional ones. I would like to shift more of my buying to toys that are better for the environment, made locally or have an element that gives back. Will I cold turkey stop buying all conventional things, honest answer, probably not, but will I really think about what I am buying and check to see if there is a better option out there, yes! Here’s to small changes!

11. Tegu blocks: We were lucky enough to get these cool blocks as a birthday present. They are magic blocks, I don’t know how they get the magnets inside. The blocks are seamless. The boys love them and would be a great addition to an Easter basket since they come in these beautiful bright colors. Tegu blocks are made with responsibly sourced wood, while not made in the U.S., the company works to pay their employees a living wage. Here is the link to their site if you want to check them out, https://www.tegu.com .

Love these magnetic blocks.
They are seamless, I don’t know how they get the magnets inside!

12.  Alaffia Bubble bath: This is our favorite bubble bath. It smells great and it is gentle on the boys’ sensitive skin. 100% Fair Trade Empowering and Educating communities in Togo Africa  http://alaffia.com/

13. Green Toys : We have a number of these Green Toys and love them!! Best part, they are top-rack dishwasher safe. Our favorites are the Dump Truck and the Recycling Truck. The Green Toys are made with 100% recycled materials and made in the U.S. We love our Green Toys! www.greentoys.com

Recycling Truck and Dump Truck in the wild of our living room

14. Hand Made Wood Toys: Manzanita Toys: beautifully made in Seattle, WA, these toys would be an awesome addition to any Easter basket. http://www.manzanitakids.com/

15. Experiences: Some of the best gifts we received from grandparents have been memberships to the zoo and children’s museum. Is there an indoor play-space you like to go to? See if they offer a punch card. What about taking a class with your child, cooking or crafting would also be a lot of fun. Make your own coupons for a special afternoon with you.

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas- Toddlers

16. Chunky puzzle. We love the Melissa and Doug puzzle chunky puzzles, our favorites: the Construction ,  Farm and Plane, Train and Cars .

My little guys love these chunky puzzles.

17. Bath toys: We love the Elegant Baby bath tub line, we have trucks, dinosaurs and sea party animals.

Elegant Baby Bath Toys

18. Spring Accessories: sunglasses and new sun hat

19. Socks

Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas-Preschoolers

20. Underwear:  My 3 year old is doing great with potty training and loves Star Wars, despite never viewing any of the movies or shows (Stars Wars and their marketing machine). These are the Star Wars underwear he is loving right now.

21. Bandages with favorite characters

22. Stickers or sticker-book

23. Card games: My oldest got one set of memory cards in his Christmas stocking and the other set in his Easter Basket last year. We love playing with these trucks and numbers cards, bonus, each set of cards makes a big puzzle. Trucks Memory Game and Floor Puzzle  and the Numbers Memory Game and Floor Puzzle.

Trucks and Numbers. We love playing the matching games!

24. Melissa and Doug Water Wow. These are a life-saver at restaurants! You just need water and the colors will appear!

25. Die-cast cars or trucks. As far as my older son in concerned, you can never have enough Disney Cars cars or Blaze and the Monster Machines.

I hope this list has given you some ideas of things to put in your own Easter baskets. I would love to hear if you have a different Easter basket tradition!

Cheers,

Amy

 

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21 Replies to “Top 25 Non-candy Easter basket ideas for toddlers and preschoolers”

  1. Thanks for the ideas! My little guy is only 6 months old, so he doesn’t care what’s in his basket. I just need enough things to take a few cute pictures.
    He’s getting: a stuffed bunny that was already buried in his hand-me-downs, a sippy cup, some snack puffs, and a teething toy that we already had but haven’t opened yet.

    Happy Easter to your family!
    Lexie
    mommyhomemanager.com

  2. Great ideas! You can’t have an Easter basket without bubbles and sidewalk chalk. I just discovered glitter and tie dye chalk today! So fun!

  3. These are great ideas to have a non-candy basket.. There are so many holidays where candy is the main focus and we end up throwing away so much that the kids never eat. We decided to trim down our candy for our children and add something that is more beneficial for them. Books are a huge it in our home. thank you for linking this post to the #allformamas link party. I will share this post on the facebook group page, on my page and on pinterest and twitter

  4. I have a lot of these for our little one’s easter basket! The one I’m adding is the water bottle 🙂 He’s going to love that!

    1. Glad there was something on the list you didn’t have :). My oldest who is 3, is loving the Blaze and the Monster Machine water bottle and my little guy who is 14 months really likes the Munchkin 360 cup. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Emily! The Green Toys are awesome, we have them for the tub, for outside, just about any place you can have toys 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! Happy Easter and Spring to you and your family!

  5. These are some great ideas! I really like the puzzle idea. We have some of those Melissa & Doug chunky puzzles as well and they are a hit!

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