When I pass the pre-packaged Easter baskets in the stores I cringe a little. Do you feel like they are a bit too much? Call me old fashion. Call me cheap. But back in the days when I was a child, Easter was more about the egg hunts and crafts. OK, not forgetting the true meaning of Easter where we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. My parents didn’t shower me with gifts like it was Christmas morning. So toning down and simplifying Easter for my kids, here are some ideas of what to fill their Easter baskets with Easter Sunday morning…
- Children’s books. Books are one thing that I don’t mind my children having too many of because I believe in literacy. This can be a great time to introduce them to books about Easter.
- A movie. I scored a deal on Disney’s Snow White when it re-released at the end of last year. Got it for $4, DVD and Blu-Ray. I was going to give it to Kaye for Christmas, but decided she had too many gifts for Christmas. So I saved it for a later occasion, like Easter.
- A game. There are some great deals on children’s board games and family games. A popular game at our house right now is Scoop. I found it at our local Hallmark store. Kaye loves ice cream and it is simple enough for her to understand.
- Summer toys. Prep them for summer outdoor fun with a kite, sidewalk chalk or a bubble machine. It’ll also encourage them to be outdoors.
- Gardening supplies. Celebrate life by planting a seed. Visit your local home improvement stores for a indoor mini greenhouse that starts the herbs and vegetables. If you have a black thumb like me, some brands even guarantee growth.
» Tell me… What do you put in your Easter baskets? And don’t forget about the tutorial for dying the decorating Easter eggs.