Creative, Quick and Easy Easter Basket Ideas

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ByElena Donovan Mauer
Contributing Writer
Updated
Apr 2017
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Yes, Easter is only days away, and no, you shouldn’t freak out if you haven’t even thought about Easter baskets yet. We’ve got a few ideas that aren’t your typical collection of Peeps and jelly beans (I think we can all agree that we don’t want our kids on a full-day sugar rush) and will have everyone commenting on how crafty the Easter bunny is. (But, there’s nothing more than beginner-level crafting required!)

For Baby

Make a baby-themed basket for your littlest family member, lined with a personalized baby blanket.Fill it with mini essentials like a pacifier, baby socks and sensory toys. Add colorful eggs (for decoration only), a hooded bunny towel and an Easter-themed board book. If baby’s on solids, add homemade pureed carrots, sweet potatoes or bananas in mini Mason jars.

For a toddler

Make it a bath theme (what toddler doesn’t love bath time — once you finally corral them into it?) Round up a variety of fun bath toys, including a rubber ducky, tub crayons and foam sea animals. The piece de resistance to this basket are the fizzy bath balls, which aren’t just fun to watch fizz, they change the color of the water. Make your own with baking soda, corn starch, citric acid, salt and oils (Note: They’re not for toddlers with sensitive skin). For the Easter-y touch, sponge-paint eggs in different colors.

For a preschooler

Make it an art theme. Fill the basket with paints, brushes, crayons, markers, a coloring book, colored pencils. Of course, you’re going to want to add some candy — choose ones that come in bright colors like Skittles, rainbow Twizzlers and Dots. Make “melted crayon” Easter eggs by coloring on hard-boiled eggs just a few minutes after you’ve removed them from the boiling water. They’ll still be hot, so they’ll melt the crayons to creates a vibrant, smooth design.

How are you celebrating Easter this year?

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