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Creating easter baskets for children

April 6, 2020

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Whilst the tradition at Easter is for the Easter Bunny to visit and hide eggs around house and garden. We tend to do things a little differently with the children getting Easter baskets (or bags this year as I wasn’t organised enough).

Easter basket gifting principles

  • Something to wear
  • Something to read
  • Something to play
  • Something creative

Following a similar gifting principle to Christmas gifting, we opt to give them gifts rather than chocolate eggs. Also as all three of their birthdays are in November, it is a long time between birthday/Christmas to the next set of presents/treats. So, for us, we do treat Easter as a celebration – not for everyone, but, something that our family does.

Creating Easter baskets

A box filled with different types of food, with Slug

Something to wear

This is a tradition that goes back to my own childhood. With my mam buying us a new outfit to wear on Easter Sunday. This year Granny sent the children money as she is self-isolating and I was able to get them all a new top from the supermarket to continue the tradition.

Something to read

There is always an occasion to get a new book. One of the things that my children know that I will always buy for them (and PJ’s – you can never have too many of those either).

  • Norman the Slug with a Silly Shell – After enjoying the Supertato story at preschool on World Book Day. I spotted this book which is by the same creators which I think she will love.
  • The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic – As part of Tigger’s Gullivers Travels reading group at school he recently read the first book on this series. Having seen how much he enjoyed it I thought it would be good to see how the story continues in the second book.
  • Finding Audrey – Having recently found her way back into reading regularly, I wanted to add something a little different to some of the books she has previously read. Sophie Kinsella’s first teen novel which I think Roo will enjoy (as I’m sure she will the Shopaholic series).
A close up of a box

Something to play

Family games are always a winner, helping build up a healthy dose of competitiveness between siblings and parents too. Whether it is traditional board game style games, fun and quirky ones or ones that us up and moving.

  • TOMY Toomies Hide & Squeak Egg & Spoon – Providing an educational twist to learning through play. These bright and colourful eggs can be utilised in a number of different ways, alongside the fun of a classic egg and spoon race around the garden.
  • Greedy Granny – Granny loves biscuits! So much so that she’s fallen asleep with a whole tray of them on her lap – what a Greedy Granny! Take a biscuit of each type from Granny’s tray as carefully and quietly as possible. One wrong move will wake her and send her teeth flying! Can you steal Granny’s biscuits without being noticed? Will you risk it for a biscuit? Or will your move wake Granny!
  • Articulate! – The hilarious fast-talking description board game is perfect for a family night in. Players try to describe as many card entries as possible to their teammates in 30 seconds without saying “rhymes with” or “sounds like”. The first team round the board wins. It’s loud, intense and brilliantly funny – bringing people of all ages around a table together.

Something creative

The lighter nights make the days feel so much longer. Especially this year as the children are home from school for an extended period of time. This makes for more time to entertain and occupy them too. Adding something creative to their baskets allows them to use their imaginations and let their creative juices flow.

  • STABILO woody 3-in-1 – multi-talent as it combines a colouring pencil, watercolour and wax crayon all in one. With its high opacity and colour intensity even on dark paper, it is a favourite for every child. Its XXL lead is perfect for large areas and suited for children’s hands as the chunky pencil allows a good grip.
  • STABILO Power – a fibre-tip pen with a colour rich application that is ideal for children who sometimes forget to replace the cap. The STABILO Power has an extremely long cap-off time – up to 5 weeks without drying out! So is the ideal solution for the heavy demands of a playroom.
  • STABILO Pen 68 brush – A premium fibre-tip pen with a flexible brush tip. The pen 68 brush is superb for getting started with the popular brush lettering trend.
A stack of flyers on a table

Additional treats

Alongside these gifting principles it is always lovely to add in little treats that you might have picked up along the way. This year I hadn’t really managed to get anything else for Roo or Tigger, so I have added a money wallet with some cash for them to get something when we are able to go out again. Or I can order something that they have their eye on via Amazon. Piglet is always easy to find additional treats for…

  • Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Spring Bouquet – Having fallen in love with Roo’s original Hatchimals toy, Piglet has been loving exploring the range, The new Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Spring Bouquet includes six exclusive characters – five hidden inside flowers and one cutie ready to play. I just know that she will love removing each stem from the bouquet and cracking open each flower to reveal a Springtime friend.
  • Childs Farm body wash and brush – Whilst this might seem like a funny treat to add to an Easter basket. Bathtime is an opportunity to have fun, with sensitive skin we always have to be careful with the children’s skin. Thankfully the Childs Farm range is always one we can rely upon, especially when they bring out new smells for us to enjoy. As for the hairbrush, Piglet loves brushing her hair, it’s the first thing she does in the morning.

Do you make Easter baskets for your children?
If so, what do you include in them?

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