Easter is a special time in our house. While we do take time to reflect on the significance of the holiday, let’s be honest, the Easter basket hunt is a pretty exciting part of the festivities! So what does Peter Cotton Tail bring to our house?

My boys do have a few Easter sweet treats that they look forward to and I do think it’s important to allow these in moderation. The more I say no to treats, the more alluring they become. Allowing them to have the opportunity to indulge and practice self-regulation is an important life skill that takes trial and error to get right. That being said, I try to focus on non-candy things to add to my kid’s baskets.

When the kids were little, all it took was a container of bubbles, a bit of sidewalk chalk and plastic eggs to keep them happy. With kids that are a little older now, it can be a challenge to join in the fun without relying on candy.

A few things I’ve learned over the years:

  • It can be challenging to remember that Easter is not Christmas 2.0.
  • The hunt is often more exciting than what is in the basket. Use the basket as an opportunity to give your kid’s the things that they already need for the upcoming season.
  • It may be an actual crime that mini eggs taste as good as they do!

I took a poll on Facebook and Instagram to ask you what are some of your favourite go-to items for your kids. The response was great and I even gained a few new ideas!

Ages: 0-2

  • Keep it simple with empty plastic eggs and a basket – enough said.

Ages: 2-4

  • empty plastic eggs and a basket
  • side walk chalk
  • bubbles
  • crayons, markers
  • stickers
  • bug catcher
  • clothes – new sundress or shorts, sandals, sun hat or ball cap, swimming gear
  • snacks from Love Child Organics

Ages: 5+ 

  • sports equipment (ball & glove, bike helmet, skipping ropes, yo-yo, hacky sack) After a long winter, get                them excited to spend more time outside again!
  • books
  • clothes as above
  • sunglasses
  • seeds to plant – flower or vegetable, gardening gloves & shovels
  • sand pail & shovel
  • kite

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their great ideas with me on social media! Do you have other suggestions? I would love to hear them! Please leave them in the comments below…