The Easter Basket
While a traditional Easter basket is often filled with candy, that doesn’t have to be the only item the Easter Bunny brings this year. I know as a kid that I would always have traditional baskets that never got used again once I emptied it of its contents; so my biggest suggestion is to get a basket that can be re-used. Some ideas for a reusable basket are sand pails, fun purses, a basket that is kept for the following year, or new book bag.
Once you have decided which type of basket to use, you can fill the “basket” with stuff that is appropriate for your child’s age and interests. For a smaller child you can fill the basket with small rattles, toys, and books. You can also put in a new outfit to wear to any Easter festivities. An older child may enjoy bubbles, coloring books, puzzles, toys, or games.
Instead of using traditional Easter grass. which will be littered throughout your house and jamming up your vacuum for the next year, try using tissue paper to fill the bottom of the basket.
Candy can also be a fun addition to your baskets. While Peeps, jelly beans, and chocolate bunnies are the traditional fare in a basket, you can get creative by adding your child’s favorite treat, even if it isn’t candy. Some parents put in their child’s favorite cereal or cookie. One thing to keep in mind is that your child will want to eat all of the candy you put in the basket, often with little regard to any health factors.