No Sweets Allowed: 5 Non-Food Easter Basket Ideas

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For most of us, celebrating Easter wouldn’t be complete without a chocolate egg or two. But dietary restrictions, health concerns, and daycare or school regulations can leave you scrambling for non-food Easter basket gift ideas. You can forego chocolate and still put together an affordable and exciting Easter basket for the children in your life.

Magnifying Glass Set

Magnifying glasses allow children to see their world from a different perspective. Youngsters can take advantage of spring’s warmer weather by exploring the outdoors. Insects, flowers, and even sand, take on a new light when viewed with a magnifying glass.

Indoors, children can take a closer look at coins, stuffed animals, and their own fingerprints. A set of glasses with different magnifications will introduce young children to scientific experimentation. They can make a note of the greater detail that comes with higher magnifications.

Small Torches

Torches are both practical and fun. They can be used for nighttime reading and to light up play forts. Children can take turns making finger puppets or playing a game of torch tag. Older children can learn Morse code. They can practice sending and decoding messages.

Children love torches and will often “sneak” one out of the kitchen drawer. Parents will appreciate children having their own flashlight. Consider including a package of batteries, as they’re sure to wear out fast.

Seeds and a Pot

In most areas, spring is the ideal time to start planting flowers and vegetables. Seeds and a pot are a gift that children will enjoy for several months. Children learn responsibility while caring for a growing plant.

Indoors, a windowsill can accommodate small plants like herbs. Outdoors, heartier flowers like geraniums are an excellent choice for a budding gardener. If the plant is going to be placed outside, making sure the threat of frost has passed for your region.

Stickers

Don’t dismiss stickers as frivolous, as most children absolutely love them. Younger children enjoy the tactile sensation of peeling and placing them on paper. Playing with stickers also encourages fine motor coordination. Stickers give older children a chance to express themselves creatively.

The options for stickers are endless. You could go with favorite cartoon characters or colors. Put an educational twist on the gift by purchasing letter and number stickers. To ensure that stickers don’t end up on walls or other unsuitable places, pair the present with a scrapbook or paper.

Cinema Tickets

Children are often eager to watch movies in a cinema. Whether you are buying for an older child who likes action flicks, or a toddler who is still into cartoons, movie tickets are a can’t miss gift.

If you’re able to, take the child to the cinema. If that’s not practical, see the movie on your own. You can then talk about the film after you’ve both seen it.

Start a new tradition this year by filling up Easter baskets with non-food gifts. Chocolate only lasts a few days, while these gifts will provide endless entertainment.

Homemade Easter Cards

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This year, I thought it would be lovely for my toddler to create some Easter cards to send to her relatives. As she is not yet two years old, I wanted to create cards she could decorate by herself. The instructions for each of the three designs are written below, so please feel free to try them out with your toddler. All are simple to set up and quick to make.

Potato Print Easter Eggs

Cut two potatoes in half. Turn them over and carve little handles to make them easier for your toddler to pick up and hold.

Create different designs for each ‘egg’. To make the lines thicker, I first cut them with a knife, then went over them with the point of a potato peeler.

Once you have made your potato Easter egg designs, pour four different colours of paint onto paper plates, one for each different design. Fold a piece of A4 white card in half and let your toddler print the egg designs onto the card.

Tissue Paper Collage Easter Egg

This card is super simple to create. Begin by folding a piece of A4 paper in half and then draw an oval shape along the fold.

Cut it out and then unfold the paper to reveal your egg shape. We made two of these.

Next, tear various colours of tissue paper into little pieces and put into a paper bowl.

Allow your toddler to cover the egg shape in glue and then stick the multicolour tissue paper onto the egg.

Fold an A4 piece of white card in half and stick your Easter egg collage onto the front.

Baby Chick Easter Card

This card is very quick to make. Begin by folding a piece of yellow card in half. Take a large glass or a bowl and draw around it, ensuring that part of it overlaps the fold.

Cut out around the shape to create a circular card.

If your toddler is old enough (mine isn’t!) give them a pair of toddler scissors and allow them to make small cuts around the outside of the card to give the illusion of feathers. You may wish to do this step yourself.

Finally, your toddler can stick goggly eyes and an orange beak in the middle of the yellow circle. Alternatively, these could be drawn or painted. We used an orange piece of sticky foam for the beak.

my toddler managed to make these cards while her three-week-old brother was peacefully napping!

We hope you enjoy making these designs and would love to hear how you got on. Wishing you all a happy and restful Easter!