This is the first year I'm putting together a proper Easter Basket for Vinnie... I was soo excited till I thought about what to actually put in it. Chocolate of course... and then what? I'm not big on just loading up with sugar and as a perpetual de-clutterer I didn't want loads of extra stuff lying around. So I decided to get creative and take some inspiration from around the blogosphere (make sure to read right to the bottom where I share some other great ideas from some of my fave blogs).
Our carrot was inspired by this one from Modern Parents Messy Kids - she uses homemade silly putty, but since one of the ingredients is hard to find over here (and potentially toxic) we went for an orange playdough instead. I used a disposable piping bag and tied the top shut with green ribbon, you can buy special 'treat cones' or improvise with some cello wrap!
We also have... Easter Cookie Cutters, perfect for playing along with the playdough, crayons, chalks, felt decorations.
I had planned to mix up some bubble solution and fill a plastic egg with it, but I realised at the last minute my eggs had teeny holes in each end - luckily I found some bunny bubbles in the supermarket, you could always pick up a regular tube of bubbles, tear off the label and decorate with a cute sticker.
I didn't manage to get them in shot, but each pail has a packet of carrot seeds in - I love the idea of keeping the magic of the season going long after the chocolate has been eaten!
I'm not entirely adverse to a bit of sugar-fuelling - so I came up with some silly ideas to fill our eggs...
Jelly Bean Easter Bunny 'Eggs', Marshmallow Bunny 'Tails' and chocolate covered raisins for (ahem) Easter Bunny 'Droppings' (don't judge me, I grew up with lots of brothers!!)
Need more ideas? Keep reading my friends...
Legos & Playmobil inspired by Bit of Momsense - a couple of those little kits, unassembled would fit into the bigger plastic eggs and keep the kiddos busy during the inevitable sugar crash!
Books - Rainy Day Mum has a great selection of Easter Book Recommendations to check out
Fill with coloured sand and poly pellets to make these Fancy Shaker Eggs from Mama Smiles
Craft Foam Stickers like these ones from The Imagination Tree
Homemade Moon Sand
Waterbeads like this post from Modern Parents Messy Kids
If you can find eggs with no holes in - fill with paint like we did in our Egg Crack Painting
If you're not into our carrot idea, fill a few little eggs with brightly coloured Homemade Playdough
Perfect for little hands, our Easter Discovery Eggs for babies and young toddlers. Also check out this great post from The Educator's Spin on It on Baby & Toddler Easter Baskets (especially love the finger food suggestion!)
DIY Watercolour Paints from Happy Hooligans
Felt/ Knitted Finger Puppets
Kid-Size Gardening Tools
Bubble Bath Paint from Meet the Dubiens
What are your kiddos going to find when they go hunting at the weekend?