In our house, the Easter Bunny is a really cool Dude! He doesn't just bring jelly beans and chocolate bunnies but also some great fun & educational items that the kids just LOVE!
Really - they spend more time with these items than they do asking me if they can eat just one more jelly bean.
I'll let you in on a little secret - kids love almost anything that comes tucked into a fun-filled basket!
So why not take the opportunity to include a few items that won't be played with once and tossed aside.
Art & Creativity:
Spring is a great time to replenish the art cabinet! And kids can learn so much by having fun art supplies on hand - coloring and using playdough enhances fine motor skills, paper crafts and art kits encourage creative thinking and having a variety of items increases the liklihood that your child will experiment with different art mediums.
Paint a design on this fun pinwheel -
Add in a seasonal coloring book with some of these cool crayons -
Let the kids try their hand at origami -
Go retro and enjoy making shrinky dinks with the kids -
More Crafty Items:
- Colored pencils
- String art
- Paper dolls
- Ceramic eggs that can be painted
Science & Nature Fun:
Keep those kids thinking and experimenting by providing some fun ways to explore science. Outdoor toys such as kites and planes let kids experiement with the laws of physics and learn more about the weather. Mini science kits allow kids to test theories and learn science principles.
Explore electric circuits with the fun mini-set -
Head out to test the wind strength -
Explore gravity and the science of light with this fun Slinky -
Encourage them to explore the back yard -
Toss in a few packets of flowers seeds with this fun gardening kit -
Additional Science Items:
- Test tube sets
- 'Grow your own' flower or herb set
- Nature journal
Of course, any holiday or occasion is a great time to give a book as a gift! And the Easter Bunny loves to encourage kids to read too. There are so many fun holiday-themed books and seasonal items that will fit nicely into those baskets.
Quiz Cards - kids really love these!
More Book Ideas:
- Puzzle books
- Joke books
- Activity books
Fun Ways to Improve Life Skills:
Why not give the kids a fun self-care item that you wouldn't normally buy them -- my kids often see these types of things while we're shopping. A toothbrush with a favorite TV character is much more fun to use than a plain one, right?! Here are a few ideas:
Match these with the blue bubblegum flavored toothpaste and the kids will WANT to brush off those jellybeans!
How about this adorable Bunny comb/brush set -
Give the kids some extra shoe-tying practice -
Try some Fun bath soaps or bath toys -
Additional Items for Life Skills:
- Cooking apron/measuring cups with cookie mix
- Fun Stationary (for thank you notes)
- Fork, spoon, knife set
- Educational Placemats
Include something that will encourage the kids to get outside and play. I'm talking about a non-battery, no plug needed type of toy! Many of these items encourage large motor skills, balance and coordination. In addition, a new toy and some fresh air does wonders for creative thinking :)
Try some cool sidewalk chalk - we have this and it really does look 3D!
Practice those jump rope skills -
Do you remember Klip-Klops? Now they're called -
More Outdoor Fun:
- Gliders or Planes
- Punching balls
- Spinning ball on ankle
- Family games like bocce, badminton
- Sandbox or beach toys
Learn about the World:
Remember, the Easter Bunny visits kids all around the world - so he might just leave a cool item that teaches the kids about another country or a fun toy that's popular with kids of a different culture.
Kids will enjoy these fun Easter nesting dolls -
Learn a fun game from another country -
Egg-shaped maracas would be a big hit -
Enjoy a fun game about the Wonders of the World -
Older kids will appreciate the pun of this 'Easter' Island building set -
What fun items will the Bunny leave in your baskets?
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