April is here, which means Easter is approaching and it is time to start planning those Easter baskets. Today I have gathered some of my favorite book and toy ideas to help you out in your search. Personally, I like to get creative with our Easter baskets and this year we are going to go with a gardening theme- I have included some of those ideas here for you. I would like to add that this post does include ideas for baby up to big kids, so please pay attention as to whether the toy is age appropriate.
Woven Easter Basket ~ I LOVE this basket from Target, it is what I am going to use for my boys. While I purchased the large basket, I love that it also has a small size for those little ones who are barely walking and are not quite big enough to handle the weight of a large basket during an Easter egg hunt.
Egg Decorator ~ I love this twist on decorating eggs, I cannot wait to try it with my boys, I think my oldest is going to love it!
Garden Basket for Girls and Boys ~ I love themed baskets and as I said this is the theme we are going with this year! My boys love to help me in the garden and they get so excited to see whatever it is we have planted sprout and grow. If you don’t have a garden you could easily purchase small pots to plant and store in a window sill.
Fairy Garden ~ If you like the gardening theme, this would be a cute idea for your little one. I thought this was precious.
Pete The Cat: Big Easter Adventure ~ Another family favorite!
Paw Patrol: Count on the Easter Pups ~ My youngest LOVES Paw Patrol, so this is a must!
Ditty Bird ~ This is a book of children’s songs with maracas, makes early learning fun!
The Jesus Storybook Bible ~ The best children’s Bible in my opinion. Love that it is story based, and that the stories are not too long but not overly simplified.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be ~ This book is BEAUTIFUL! The artwork alone makes it worth the purchase, but the message makes it a double bonus!
The Magic Tree House Series ~ I talked about this series here, and this is the first four books in the series. Both my 5 year-old son and I love this series, it captures their interest and sense of adventure but it is also educational.
Dr. Seuss Beginners Collection ~ I am all about consolidating, and I love that this has several of his books in a kit
TOMY Toomies Hide and Squeak Eggs ~ These are cute little eggs that teach color recognition and shapes, and have great reviews!
Wooden Pull Along Rabbit ~ Early walkers and toddlers love these, and I love this sweet bunny.
Water Reveal Word Card ~ Love anything that uses water to color, kids entertained and no mess = WIN, WIN! Love that this one focuses on the alphabet.
Fox ~ This toy is larger than you would expect and has fantastic reviews for those early sensory skills and teethers.
Stamps ~ Always love adding new ways to incorporate art, my kids love it too!
Do-A-Dot Paint ~ These are amazing for early painters!
Melissa and Doug Water Wow ~ Another coloring option using water, I especially loves these for travel.
Bath Bombs ~ My boys are OBSESSED with these! They do say they are organic, and I purposely get this one because of that and that it also has a toy inside. I would be aware of that for parents with very young children who may share a bath with an older sibling, the small toy could be a choking hazard – but as far as the older kiddos go… THEY LOVE IT!
Bathtime Building Blocks ~ These float in the bath, how cool is that!
Bathtime Alphabet ~ I added this one just in case you want to simply focus on the alphabet and the animals would be distracting for some learners.
Hatchimals ~ I do not have girls, but I have friends that do, and I hear that Hatchimals are all the rage! Loved that these had an Easter theme.
Play Doh Tools ~ The stamp that is included in this set kept my boys entertained for hours, which does not happen. If you have more than one kiddo I recommend buying more than one because they will both want that one toy, they love it that much!
Glove Bubbles ~What kid does not love bubbles?! I just found these and my boys had a lot of fun with them. It is a glove that you dip in bubbles and when you wave your hand in the air bubbles fly into the air. Now this is not high tech, it is simple, but they loved running and watching the bubbles fly out!
Mindware MagnaMix Letters ~ Friends this is such a cool gift! I just bought this for my son’s third birthday. It is a magnetic board that comes with several sheets that you can either match with letters and sounds or you can decorate. My son loved it and I love that it is a fun way to incorporate early learning of letters, animals and sounds. I also use it with my five year old as a way to spell out site words. I would recommend some kind of container like this to hold all of the magnets in.
Okay friends, there you have it! I hope this helps with your Easter shopping, I would love to hear if it does! Happy Wednesday!
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