Friday, March 8, 2013

Assembling Easter Baskets for Young Children

 "Need ideas to fill your basket? Think about age and gender appropriate gifts. Such as Disney, Barbie or Silly Putty toys available in our stores! Don't forget the loads of Easter candy, like Russell Stover chocolate covered eggs in a variety of flavors, or Palmer chocolate covered bunnies! The possibilities are endless!"

      I've included this video to help readers begin to think about "how" to assemble a Easter basket for a small child. Easter baskets are not especially expensive to give and I also include an ample supply of free games, activities and craft ideas on the is blog for children to receive in their basket as well. Just print the games and paper dolls out in advance and include these with fun magic markers or a new box of crayons. The crafts can be used to entertain little folks during the day at your home. Stock up on simple supplies like glue, glitter, yarn, crayons, construction paper, stickers, etc... and read through the craft ideas listed on our blog.
      When my children were young I usually included a special gift or two in each one of their baskets:
  • a music box
  • a lovely doll
  • a bank
  • books or a video
      Then I would fill in around that special gift some candy or cookies like:
  • chocolate eggs
  • jelly beans
  • peeps
  • a chocolate cross or bunny
  • gummy bears
  • Cracker Jacks
  • animal crackers
  • lolli-pops
      I would also include a few novelty toys like:
  • wind ups
  • tiny finger puppets
  • Silly Puddy
      Classic items for outdoor play always were tucked into the basket somewhere:
  • bubbles
  • sidewalk chalk
  • a jump rope
  • sand toys
      Coloring items were normally included with all of the other Easter stuffing. Things like:
  • coloring books
  • stickers
  • crayons
  • paper dolls
  • art supplies
      I did not give them new baskets (containers) every year. I would fill the same baskets from year to year and just decorate these differently. My girls also would leave carrots, cabbage and a turnip or two for the Easter bunny in exchange for his or her generosity; just as they would leave cookies and milk for Santa. The bunny often wrote them little letters of thanks and warm wishes as well. 
       I still give baskets of goodies, although these are much smaller and the generosity of the gifts left by the Easter hare depends largely upon our budget for the holiday.

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