Easter is such a great time of year. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping! Spring just puts me in a better mood! It’s also time to get those Easter baskets ready for your children with these non-candy Easter Basket ideas for toddlers.
On Easter this year, I will have a 5, 4, and 2 year old. I put together their Easter baskets based on current interests, skills, and abilities.
My kids love to color, use stickers, throw balls, cuddle their stuffed animals, and explore anything new they can get their hands on. My infant loves toys he can easily grasp, teethers, music, and bright colors.
The little one is still a bit young to understand the meaning of Easter baskets and even gifts, but I still wanted to make their day special.
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Choosing Candy Alternatives
I don’t like giving my children candy. My oldest daughter is 5 and although she gets sweets occasionally, I like to limit as much as I can.
Of course, she’ll always have it at a birthday party, special occasion, or even as a last-resort bribe. However, I like to limit it to those specific times. I figure, if she doesn’t know what she’s missing, she won’t miss it!
Now with all these recent holidays that drive revenue through sugary snacks, it’s getting harder and harder to limit it. Easter is a time when businesses advertise chocolate, candy, and sweets.
You can’t walk into a grocery or department store the month before Easter without being greeted with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, or brightly colored jellybeans.
This tactic will surely grab your child’s attention. After all, what toddler isn’t going to scream for the life-sized chocolate bunny on display?
When making my children’s Easter baskets, I would rather not put any candy in them. So I’ve come up with some Easter Basket alternatives to give my children instead of straight sugar.
Here are some ideas that toddlers LOVE if you’re also opting for a non-candy Easter basket this holiday season.
80+ Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers
Toys and Craft Items for Easter Baskets
Toddlers will be in awe of just about anything new they lay their hands on. So, when you’re looking for non-candy Easter Basket ideas, think about toys your child will love or craft items.
Here are some examples of small toys or fun items that you can add to their Easter Basket that will surely excite them:
Easter is the perfect time to gift your child all the fun toys and games that they will be using as the weather gets warmer. Kids love playing outside, and Easter is the perfect time to replenish their outdoor toys. You’ll find plenty of ideas for a non-candy Easter basket.
Win/win! Here are some options for outdoor items that your toddler will love:
- Sand toys
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Neon Sidewalk Paint
- No-Spill Bubble Tumbler
- Personalized beach towel
- Watering can
- Bathing suit
- Gardening Tools
- Jump rope
- Ring Toss
- Playground Ball
- Butterfly Binoculars
- Set of Bouncy Balls
- Water Balloons
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Sleep and Comfort
You can never go wrong with sleep and comfort items for little ones. Your babies and toddlers will absolutely love cuddling and using these cute additions to their non-candy Easter basket.
- Small Blanket
- Lovey/Stuffed animal
- Easter Night Light
- Praying Bunny
- Taggy Easter Bunny
- Stuffed Animal Blankie
- Easter Plush Rattle Set
Self-Care & Everyday Essentials
While your toddler may not know a lot about self-care, you know it is so important. Go ahead and instill those values now, by adding some self-care items to your toddlers Easter basket.
Your toddler will enjoy each and every one of these non-candy Easter basket ideas .
- New toothbrush
- Sippy cups
- Fun straws
- Measuring spoons
- Dino Popsicle Molds
- Contigo Stainless Steel Water Bottle
- Cup with Silicone Sleeve and Straw
Snacks for Easter Baskets and Egg Fillers
You may be trying to stay away from candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some fun treats inside the Easter eggs or inside the Easter baskets. You can find plenty of non-candy Easter Basket ideas that are snacks but not candy.
Here are a few of our favorites!
- Cheddar bunnies from Annie’s Organic
- Peanut butter mini crackers
- Applesauce pouches
- Freeze-dried fruit
- Fruit snacks
- Fruit leather
- Animal Crackers
- Yogurt Drops
- Teether Crackers
Easter Basket Ideas for Babies
If you are running short on time (or ideas!) check out these premade Easter Basket Kits!
Will you use any of these non-candy Easter basket ideas for your preschool, toddler, or baby’s Easter basket this year? Have another non candy basket filler I missed? Let me know!