This is part III of my Easter basket series for 2014! If you’re interested in ideas for ages 3-5 (both boys and girls), check out the links at the very bottom of this post.
*Note: Go with all larger eggs for this age. Most items that will fit in the smaller eggs are probably choking hazards, unless you’re going with some of the food options I have at the bottom of this post. Even so, the larger eggs seem to be easier for toddler hands to handle.
- Fun Socks
- Little People characters and cars
- Washcloths (the ones that grow in water)
- Plastic watch
- Baltic Amber teething necklace or bracelet
- Chunky crayons
- $1 bill
- Gumline teether (some of the most painful teeth come in during the toddler years)
- Bath toys
- Fizzy tub color tablets
- Bath bubbles
- Sun hat
- Sippy cups
- Sectioned plates, bowls, toddler-friendly eating utensils
- Potty training? Cute underwear!
- Traveling snack cups
- Crayola Color Wonder supplies (markers, finger paint, etc)
- Stuffed animal
- Chunky puzzle
- Flash cards (this is a crucial age for learning. Look for color and shape cards for this age group)
- Wind-up baby chick
- Mini magnetic doodler
At this age, if you do any candy, stick to something like a chocolate bunny or peeps and avoid small items like jelly beans. Use caution with the closer-to-one age.
Candy-Free Treat Options
- Fruit leathers
- Annie’s cheddar bunny crackers
- Gerber toddler snacks
- Mini goldfish crackers
Zoey’s very first Easter basket was when she was 13 months old. We only did a few things, none of which were filled eggs. Eggs came at age 2. Her basket included: her Easter dress, 2 Veggie Tales DVDs, noise-making stuffed animal and her first chocolate bunny (small). That’s it. We kept it really simple that year.
Some Things to Note
- Don’t want basket grass all over your house? Me neither. I tend to use Zoey’s Easter dress as her basket filler in the bottom, or I load the bottom with all the eggs and pile the larger items on top.
- Think outside the basket! So far, every year we have used cute reusable cube bins for Zoey’s “basket”. She has a traditional Easter basket she reuses every year for egg hunts, but we always get something practical that she can use all year long for toy storage so we’re not collecting tons of Easter baskets over the years. Last year (age 3) we used a cute little owl bin that now houses all her My Little Pony’s. The year before that (age 2) we used a cute flowery bin from Target that now holds all her paint supplies. The year before THAT (age 1) was the only year we bought an actual basket.
- A theme to think about: The Great Outdoors. With warmer weather on the horizon, or already here, think about things they can play with outside, whether at home or at the park. Upcoming vacation? Now is a good time to gift items needed for the trip. I like for Zoey to have options for outside play as much as possible when it’s warmer out, so I always try to think of things to put in her basket that will get her excited about spring weather.
What are some other ideas for non-candy Easter basket fillers? Better yet, what is your favorite Easter candy?!
Check out the other links in this series: