You’ve come to the right place if you're looking for Easter basket ideas for kids. Our theme this year is less candy and more fun. A basket filled with gifts which encourages creative good old fashion playtime.
In putting together this basket I shopped at local stores and gathered items I already had at the house and woodshop. Some of the items, like the wood basket and wood shavings that fill the bottom, can be used year after year. Reusing and recycling are not only cost-effective but also better for our 🌎 planet.
We started repurposing our wooden leftover pieces and calling it Scrapple® a few years ago. Not only do they look like little robots and creatures but it creates less waste in our woodshop. They get sorted and put in a tumbler to soften the edges and then eye holes are drilled in some of the pieces to make them come alive. They are fun on their own or can be painted for a rainy day activity. Plus, for each one sold we will plant a tree.
The Easter eggs in our basket were dyed with a plant-based dye kit. You really can get deep colors pretty quickly with these non-toxic dye kits. Or you can make the dyes at home with veggies like beets, onion skins and purple cabbage and spices like turmeric. Nature provides all the color you need to make the most gorgeous dyed eggs.
We used wood shavings in our basket because it’s readily available to us but other ideas that you probably have around the home are magazines or colored paper you can shred or cut into strips, fabric, yarn, a scarf or tea towel. Plastic grass is so last century, get creative😊
Here are a few more Easter basket ideas which is sure to keep them busy for days after Easter:
Play Hide and Seek with the Easter Basket
A fun and memorable tradition in our home, which I learned from my sister, is to make bunny paw prints on the floor and over furniture that leads to the basket(s). I would just make these prints with some flour and my fingers but nowadays there are downloadable stencils and templates if you really want to go all out.
It’s so fun to watch them follow the tracks to find the basket. An Easter morning tradition they will always remember and do with their children.
Another timeless tradition my friend Chrissy does with her family is to have an Easter color theme each year. If the color is blue, this family of 4 will dress in all blue shirts and ties for the guys and dresses for the gals. They mix patterns like gingham, plaid, flowers, etc. The family photos always turn out picture perfect. 👨👨👦👦
We hope this has given you some fresh new ideas for the kid's Easter basket this year and inspiration to try new things.
Happy Easter from our family to yours! 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐
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