March is a busy month. We have the change in time (Daylight Savings), St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Easter falls on March 27th this year.
I miss the days my kids still believed in the Easter Bunny. It was fun to see the looks on their faces Easter morning when they woke up and ran to the door to see what the Easter Bunny brought them.
I used to put together our own baskets. I liked being able to control how much candy the Easter Bunny gave them. It’s not that I didn’t want my kids to have too much candy, it’s just that their grandparents gave them A LOT of candy on Easter and they also received candy from their great-grandparents too. If anything it was candy “overkill.”
When I made up Easter baskets for my kids I would always include the following:
- Coloring Book/Books
- Reading Book
- Plush/Stuffed Toy
Of course they also had chocolate, jelly beans and PEEPS in their baskets too.
One year the Easter Bunny gave them scooters. He was feeling mighty generous that year. LOL!
If you are looking for non-candy Easter basket ideas that your kids will enjoy, here are a few suggestions.
Jelly Belly Scented Bubbles
Packaged in a Jelly Belly ($3.99) bean shaped bottle (12fl oz), kids can blow bubbles from a bean shaped wand. The bubble solution is scented and smells just like popular Jelly Belly flavors: Very Cherry, Grape Jelly, Berry Blue or Green Apple.
PEEPS Scented Bubbles
The PEEPS ($2.99) scented bubbles smell just like marshmallows (yum!) and come in a cute bunny shaped bottle (3fl oz) – there’s even a bunny shaped wand inside!
We have both types of bubbles. I had a great time the other day blowing bubbles off our balcony. The cats and our dog had fun chasing them and the few that flew down below amused our neighbors.
I love the packaging. How cute are they? They are PERFECT for Easter baskets! Kudos to whomever came up with the idea of making PEEPS and Jelly Belly shaped bubble containers.
These are quality bubbles too. They don’t pop right away like some bubbles do. And you can get a lot of bubbles out of one dip with the wand.
I’ve been stuffy for weeks (thanks to seasonal allergies) so I haven’t been able to smell the bubbles too well. I can smell the Jelly Belly bubbles more so than the PEEPS bubbles.
Jelly Belly and PEEPS bubbles are currently available in stores at Toys”R”Us, CVS and Five Below.
Plush toys are always a great Easter basket filler idea too.
Cloud b’s Hugginz Grey Plush Bunny is a favorite of mine. He (or she) is SO SOFT! Even as an adult I want to cuddle with it. Not only is it’s fur so incredibly soft, the bunny has the more precious face. It’s had not to fall in love with it.
The Hugginz Grey Plush bunny is available in three different sizes – 15″, 10″ and 7″. It’s the perfect size for an Easter basket as well as carrying it around and snuggling with at night.
Cloud b has another great toy for Easter baskets – their Dream Buddies plush toys. They made miniature versions of their popular toy which would bit in perfectly in an Easter basket.
Just like their larger counter parts, the mini Dream Buddies have a light up back that projects stars and a moon on the ceiling. You can choose from three soothing color lights or let the toy cycle through each color. It will automatically shut off after 45 minutes.
The Dream Buddies minis are available in the form of a bunny, puppy or sheep.
We have the bunny and I must say I am impressed by how much of a reach the light has. I put it on in the middle of the living room to test it out and the stars projected on almost the entire living room ceiling. You wouldn’t think it would have such a reach being so small.
The Dream Buddy is also super soft, just as soft and cuddle as the Hugginz plush toy.
Cloud b also have a musical plush toy too.
For more information about Cloud b products please visit Cloudb.com.
I’m all for giving children thing that will get them off the computer and/or their video games and outside for some fresh air and sunshine.
Other Easter ideas are…
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Hula Hoops
- Sports Balls (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer…)
- Water Balloons
If your child likes having water balloon “fights,” you should look into these really cool reusable water “bombs” called Hurricane Water Balls. They look like unassuming balls but inside they hide a secret – water!
Prime Time Toys re-invents the water balloon with this innovative new self-sealing version that features instant refills for an even GREATER water balloon fight. Turn Easter’s outdoor play up a notch with wet and wacky play time fun.
Hurricane Reusable Water Balls are self-sealing. You don’t have to fumble trying to tie off those tiny water balloons. The Water Balls fill and seal with just a squeeze of your hand. You can toss them and throw them and quickly refill them without missing a beat. They are good for up to 1,000 uses.
We have a set of the Water Bombs. We haven’t had the chance to have a water fight (yet) due to the crazy weather, but we are looking forward to giving them a try.
If you would like to learn more please visit PrimeTimeToys.com.
Another fun idea is using a sand bucket in place of a traditional basket. You could fill it with grass and treats, as well as sand toys. Once Easter is over your child will have a fun collection of sand toys.
American Plastic Toys has the perfect Beach Bucket that could double as an Easter basket. The Beach Basket comes with everything kid need to make the best sand castle ever including buckets, shovel and fish molds. In addition, the top of the Beach Bucket is also a sifter that can be used to look for hidden treasures buried in the sand.
American Plastic Toys are carried by many retailers across the country. You can also AmericanPlasticToys.com for more information.
Do you put together your own Easter baskets for your child/grandchild? What is your favorite non-candy item to put inside the Easter basket? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.