Saturday, March 15, 2008

What to put in the Easter basket

What are you putting in your child's Easter basket? I haven't really thought about it, but with all the girl scout cookies in our house right now, we need to cut down on the sugar.

Web MD has some Easter basket basics that are "healthier" options. I put an assortment of suggestions I found on the internet:

  • Yogurt-covered pretzels
  • Play-doh
  • Dried Fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Stickers
  • Coloring book
  • Bubbles
  • flashlights
  • yo-yos
  • McDonald's gift certificates
  • gel pens
  • construction paper
  • glitter
  • nail polish
  • frisbees
  • card decks
  • fancy-edged scissors
  • sunglasses
  • jump rope
  • My husband says to put carrot sticks in the basket because that's what rabbits eat. Hah! Our son would probably cry.

    What are your suggestions for a low-sugar Easter basket?

    -NewsAnchorMom Jen


    8 comments:

    Diane Vespa said...

    Webkinz have some new Easter themed animals like a pink and white cat... and my boy wants some Pokemon cards and figurines. Michaels across from Barnes and Noble in Peoria has all their Easter craft activities for 40% off...and my Mom always buys them sticker books! We go really light on the candy... just a few chocolate eggs and a big chocolate bunny!

    Maria said...

    Last year, The Boy was about 3-4 months old, so I put two toys in his basket. This year, I am going to put some board books, and if I can find some acceptable ones, some markers/paper. Other than an occasional treat of Nutella toast, I don't really feed him any "junk" or highly processed foods.

    Rixblix said...

    We don't do any candy. Grandmas and Grandpa take more than good care of that! We have a silly family tradition of putting toothbrushes, bandaids, goofy socks and underwear in their baskets and Christmas stockings. It's a family thing that makes us all laugh - what kid WOULDN'T want to tell his friends that the Easter Bunny brought him underwear? We also hide plastic eggs with change in them and the boys race to count the coins when they've all be collected. And finally, books, books and more books.

    tls1995 said...

    We have a specific list of items that must always be in our baskets.
    •Kite
    •Bubbles
    •Toothbrush
    •Bunny
    •Lamb
    •Chick
    •Religious item (i.e. cross, rosary, bible story book, saint medal, ect)

    The bunny, chick and lamb do not have to be a stuffed toy. Just something with them on it. For example last year my daughter got a straw with a bunny on it, a rubber ducky and a necklace with a lamb on it.

    As for the yummy's. We always make colored eggs the night before and leave them for the bunny to put in the baskets. Usually 2-3 each. Since my daughter can't have regular chocolate we stick with a few jelly beans, a small white chocolate bunny and some robin eggs. Of course we hide some regular chocolate marshmallow eggs in the grown-up's baskets.

    newsanchormom.com said...

    Ok-I am off to the story tomorrow to pick out some of your suggestions! I am so glad I posted this story! Thank you tons!
    Jen

    Anonymous said...

    Eggs you find lying on the ground, that's what i put in my easter basket. Maybe some fake grass to spice things up a little. This isn't christmas, this is the day Jesus arose from the dead.

    Jennifer said...

    I like to do theme baskets. I think this year my daughter's will be reading related, a couple of books, a new book light, a bookmark. My son's will be general teen boy - axe body spray, altoids mints, that sort of stuff.. They will also get one chocolate bunny and a bit of candy in hidden eggs.

    Anonymous said...

    We got a new toothbrush in our baskets every year... it's a tradition I have continued with my son.

     
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