I rediscovered this post recently and was instantly transported to Easters long ago… It’s been edited and updated to reflect some lessons I’ve learned over the years.
Our kids are all grown and (pretty much) flown now, but there was a time when they were little and Easter was a “sweet” time for them. As they grew, we replaced the sweet-filled baskets with some of these more-edifying goodies below, getting a bit more creative with the “baskets” year after year. As they became less interested in sugar-laden treats, the baskets would often be discarded, too. (I guess you could say we started thinking outside the box.) Over the years, our Easter “baskets” were bicycle helmets, tackle boxes, watering cans, organizational boxes, beach bags…you get the picture!
Whatever their interests were at the time served as our inspiration.
Eventually, however, we eschewed the whole kit-n-kaboodle to focus on Passover. But that’s a whole ‘nother story…
But even if your family has a long-standing tradition of Easter baskets, let me encourage you to try using some of these gift items below in lieu of some of the sweets. And, even more importantly, I encourage you to review the story, miracle, and gift of the Easter season with your young ones whenever you can.
Now, on to some great ideas for filling those baskets…whatever they look like!
paints and brushes
–>(Legos – these ones are on clearance, Lincoln Logs)
Nurture a Connection with Nature
packets of seeds
bird feeding kit
fishing poles and lures
bug identification chart
Encourage Family Time
Get ’em Moving
Sharpen Their Minds
fun, simple science experiments
annual pass to a local museum
Show ’em Some Old-Fashioned Fun
Promote Their Hobbies
yarn and crochet needles
cross stitch kits
Deepen Their Faith
bookmarks with a Scripture message
pocket-sized “Gratitude Journal“
Bible-themed hand puppets or figures (which also nourish their creativity!)
My ultimate prayer for you is that you and your children will cherish the gift of Jesus’ death and resurrection all year through.