Easter Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Wondering what to fill your toddler's Easter eggs with? Looking for candy-free options for #Easter or #Christmas stockings? Check out this list of fun ideas for #EasterBaskets and #EasterEggs for toddlers and preschoolers from Lessons and Learning for Littles.

Wondering what to fill your toddler's Easter eggs with? Looking for candy-free options for #Easter or #Christmas stockings? Check out this list of fun ideas for #EasterBaskets and #EasterEggs for toddlers and preschoolers from Lessons and Learning for Littles.

If you celebrate it, Easter is a fun holiday that you probably look back fondly on. Finding Easter eggs, the anticipation and wondering what would be in each egg… so much fun! One of the best parts about being a kid, right?

 

But, as parents, we don’t always want more plastic trinkets around for our kids to break and lose. We might not want to buy candy for our little ones. So, what can we put in those Easter eggs and Easter baskets?

 

Easter Eggs

  1. Cereal works great! Use Cheerios for babies who are sitting up and in that first learning how to eat stage.
  2. Lucky Charms (or another colorful cereal) are a fun filler for little ones. Have them open the eggs into a bowl so they can enjoy their special snacks whenever. Yes, these have lots of sugar, but at least there are some whole grains too, and, when used as a treat a few times a year, is it really all that bad?
  3. Puzzle pieces (put a few in each egg).
  4. Play dough
  5. Hair ties/accessories
  6. Stickers
  7. Jewels, beads, and other embellishments or craft items
  8. Small stamps
  9. Legos
  10. Miniature trains
  11. Miniature bubbles (great for taking to the park or traveling with!)
  12. Shopkins, Legos, and other “character” type sets… open up and put a piece in each egg.
  13. Pom Poms, jewels and other small craft supplies

 

Easter Basket ideas

  1. Board games
  2. Outdoor summer stuff (bubbles, bug catching kits, sidewalk chalk, etc.)
  3. Sports stuff or lawn games
  4. Swimsuit and sunscreen
  5. Lawn sprinkler or water toys
  6. Somewhat healthy (or not!) snacks that your little ones don’t normally eat.
  7. Craft kits or other activities for your kids to do
  8. Coupons for fun activities (like trips to a local play place, their choice of breakfast, etc.)

 

Have multiple kids or multiple ages doing the same egg hunt?

  1. Assign colors to each child.
  2. Let the younger kids go first (they’ll find the easier eggs, leaving the harder ones for older or more experienced kids).
  3. Teach older kids how to give clues to younger ones to help them find eggs if needed.
  4. Use different parts of the yard or house for different kids or different ages. For example, if a child is over age __, they can’t pick up any of the eggs on the ground/floor.
  5. Write initials on each egg, so kids can only choose eggs that have their first initial on it. Hint: this works really well as your kids get older! They might even begin offering hints to each other in exchange for info on where their eggs are hidden.

 

What are your favorite things to use in Easter eggs or Easter baskets?

Don’t forget that little ones often like to find eggs, so spread out the fun and hide empty eggs (or let them stuff eggs with their toys)!

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Connie Deal

I'm the mom of two little ones (3yo and 1.5yo), and 3 dogs. I'm a former classroom teacher turned SAHM, so I spend my day "doing activities" and science 'speriments in between mediating sibling squabbles and working during nap time. I'm powered by caffeine (not coffee!), and I love helping others, especially fellow mom and their toddlers. Together, we can achieve great things AND prepare your toddler for kindergarten!
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3 Comments

  1. Love the idea of opening up a Lego set and putting different pieces in each egg!

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