Happy Monday! It’s our first day back from Spring Break, and we are consequently doing what everyone else does on the first day back–dreaming about our next break. We have to hold out a little longer this year with Easter being so late, but that gives us more time to plan Easter fun and festivities and enjoy all the pastels and spring-themed beauties out there which include but are not limited to the following: Peeps in the grocery aisles, tulips at Trader Joe’s, the switch from red to ballet pink nail polish, straw hats, spring cleaning, Saltwater sandals and blooming trees. With those loves comes our Easter traditions, and my kids are counting down the days.
Easter baskets are right up there with Christmas stockings–something I take so much delight in filling with perfect little things I know my kids will love.
As always, I spent far too much time searching the Internet high and low for meaningful treasures my kids will love and share them in hopes your kids will love them too. With no further ado, the 2019 Easter Basket Filler List:
- Mystery Metallics – Lainey’s all into the artsy things, so word has it the Easter Bunny is stocking her basket with these gel crayons this year. They’re made with a waxy gel that looks white but magically turns into metallic colors when used on black paper (see #7). Or you can add a wet paintbrush to see them transform to watercolors.
- Magic Puffy Pens – Draw with these pens, let the ink dry and then add hairdryer heat to watch your writing magically puff out into 3-d art.
- Automoblox Mini Sedan – Have you seen these? Soooo cute! They’re made of beechwood, and kids can build and take apart the wheels and windows or switch out parts with other cars. And there are so many different ones you can collect.
- Old Navy Flip-flops – These are basket staples for us. Super inexpensive and available in so many cute spring cute prints.
- Heart-shaped Sunglasses – Spring fashion must-haves with sunnier days around the bend.
- Fox and Raccoon – Blame it on my dollhousing obsession and the critter families that have taken up residence in their new abode, but the detailed scenes in this book created by felt artist Leslie-Anne Green will simply delight kids. Kids love miniatures! Kids love critters! Kids love tiny animals wearing pants!
- Black Paper Sketchbook – Corresponds with #1 – a fun way to take art beyond basic white paper and paints.
- Magna Shapes – The colors of this abstract jigsaw puzzle are beautiful, and the best part? All the pieces are magnetic, making this great for travel.
- Kids Writing Stationery – I remember being obsessed with stationery as a kid and wanting my very own letter-writing set. These adorable fold-and-send cards are great for any age and encourage meaningful correspondence. And did you see what stamps the USPS is releasing this year that would be perfect for these? SESAME STREET!
- Bunny Essential Oil Diffuser – If you’ve joined the essential oil band wagon (I have), check out this adorable little spring scene diffuser perfect for kids’ rooms. More miniatures! A tiny toadstool! Itty bitty succulents, I cannot
- Bunny Plush – I, of course, received my doctorate in Festive Holiday Studies; but have I told you I minored in Plush Animals? I did. Many hours of research in the Plush Bunny Lab, so I know what’s out there. This scrappy little Jellycat bunny is the sweetest offerings in the bunny plush world.
- Peter Rabbit Puzzle (60 piece) – We love doing puzzles over holiday breaks and have figured out that 60-100 piece puzzles are our favorites–easy enough for all the kids to stay involved and challenging enough for that good thrill rush when you find connecting pieces. We took this puzzle on our spring break trip, and it’s so beautiful — soft linen finish and gorgeous pastel colors.
- Zara Sandals – Our Easter baskets always include a few necessities for spring/summer — new bathing suits, sandals and underwear. I’m smitten with these leather sandals for girls.
- Calico Critter Bunny Family – You know how we feel about Calico Critters around here. Mrs. Hedgehog has settled in her new home but hasn’t met any new friends yet. Wait ’til she meets her new neighbor, Mrs. Rabbit. Her favorite movie is You’ve Got Mail too, and her kids are the same ages at the hedgehogs. Match made in heaven. They’ll be carpooling to soccer in no time.
- Spot It Jr. – Spot It! is one of our favorite travel games. We throw it in restaurant bags and bring it on trips. This Jr. version has more kid-themed pictures — super cute!
- Fried Egg and Bacon Earrings – For little pierced ears – food jewelry is hot right now. How fun are these breakfast earrings?
- Bunny Vans – When Vans meet Spring. Soft and fuzzy, these Vans are so cute, your kid’s going to want to look at her feet all day. Watch where you’re walking!
- Wooden Tetris – I’ve had this on lists before, but I’m throwing it back on because that’s how much we love it. We have two and always use them as competitions between two people to see who finishes their puzzle first.
- Kendama Game – This has Dash’s name all over it and as driven as he is to conquer and, he’ll be busy for hours with this baby and won’t quit until he wins.
- Dog-Gonnit! Game – We love everything Mudpuppy makes, and this game is no exception. A virtual dog-caring experience fun for the entire family.
- Pass the Pigs! Game – Another family favorite for us (and another fun one to throw in a restaurant bag or purse because it’s so portable). I love playing games with my kids but hate when they ask me to play something new that takes thirty minutes of reading directions to figure out how to play. This game is so easy to learn, super self-explanatory. You earn points by the way the little pigs fall when you roll them.
- Kids Electric Toothbrush – Bonus for filling the Easter basket with something practical they’ll use every day. My kids all received these from their grandma for Christmas, and they love them. They hold a charge for a long time, and they are so much more apt to remember to brush on their own with fun electric toothbrushes.
- We Are the Gardeners – The highly anticipated children’s book from Joanna Gaines and her family, this spring-themed story is perfect for Easter and filled with the most beautiful illustrations.
- Kids Paint by Numbers – This flower still life paint-by-number is easy enough for kids to paint and pretty enough to frame and hang in the house when it’s finished. They’ll be so proud of their work!
- Animalium Activity Book – The corresponding activity book to the gorgeous Animalium book is filled with animal-themed facts and puzzles that will keep kids busy for hours.