How do you avoid a candy meltdown this Easter? easy… you avoid the sugar altogether and make candyless Easter baskets filled with trinkets, activities, and games to distract them! With a new mini at home, the last thing I want to do is spend hours making baskets for 3 little girls with different likes. I’m no Martha! so, I headed down to my local craft store and went straight to the clearance section. One of the perks of being a last minute shopper is that everything is on sale! plus topped with coupons you’re basically feeling more like Santa than the Easter bunny! Let’s get started. To make your candyless basket you’ll need:
- A basket or box. It really doesn’t matter especially if you’re using the same box or basket for your Easter egg hunt. In my case, I used a pre-decorated box.
- Green Grass. A.K.A green crinkled paper. They’re perfect to fill any empty areas in your basket.
- Toys – since this will be my baby girl’s first Easter I made her basket filled with VTech GO!Go! Smart Wheels Press & Race Vehicles. She can listen to sing-along songs, fun phrases, and sounds and learn a letter! she can press down on the top, release and watch them take off! I love that she can race her sisters too.
- Fruit – I added Halo’s mandarins along with #DIY silly eyes and pipe cleaners as ears. I think Halo’s are perfect for crafting, snacking and make for great basket fillers.
- Chalk Eggs – make outdoor games for kids even more incredible. There’s hopscotch, box out, connect the dots, lily pads and more! you can even get the adults in on the fun too.
- Homemade Playdough – is the best! my kids still go crazy for this stuff. It only takes a few minutes to make and you can create them in so many Easter colors for multiple kids. To make you’ll need:
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- food coloring
- Take it out of the bowl and knead it!
You can store your playdough in old playdoh containers or Ziploc bags will do and if you’re looking for fun Easter games to play for kids and adults I’ve compiled a list.
- Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
- Bunny Hop (using pillowcases or potato sacks)
- Egg Toss
- Guess How Many – have the kids try to guess how many eggs are in your basket!
- Plastic Easter Egg Towers Challenge – stack those plastic eggs to see who’s stack is bigger!
- Egg & Spoon Race
- Pin the Tail on the Bunny
- Balloon Pop Dance – fill balloons with dance moves, throw on your favorite jams, pop balloons and bust a move!
For more fun game ideas visit my Easter Pinterest Board at https://www.pinterest.com/3citygirlsnyc/easter