Easter products are hard to miss when you stop by the store these days. From plastic grass to cream filled chocolate eggs, the stuff is everywhere. But if you eschew all that plastic crap and you don’t particularly want your kids to have all that processed sugar what do you? Well, to start you need to pass by those prepackaged Easter baskets and make your own. It’s easy!
Here are some ideas on what you can add to make your child’s Easter basket natural, eco friendly, and most important… fun and memorable.
Shredded paper – A few weeks before Easter have your kids do some watercolor painting each day. What kids wouldn’t want to paint everyday? Use some of their creations to shred and line their easter baskets with. They will be colorful and planet friendly.
Real Grass – Growing your own grass is not hard. Find a container that will just fit inside your Easter baskets and line it with a few inches of soil and a generous sprinkling of grass seeds. Just keep the conatiners under a sunny window and water daily. Once you have a few inches of grass you can tuck them inside the baskets and fill with treasures.
The Sweet Stuff :
Dried Fruit – Raisins, dates, apples slices, peaches, apricots, cherries, blueberries, and strawberries are some kid favorites.
Lara Bars – We love Key Lime Pie.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Brownie Bites – They are quite yummy!
Organic Fruit Strips – You can make your own in a dehydrator or buy some from Archer Farms.
Chocolate covered nuts.
Trader Joe’s Yogurt Star Cookies – My kids like these and they remind me of Circus Cookies but without many of the unsavory ingredients. These are actually colored with blueberry powder.
Non Food Treats and Treasures:
Homemade play dough
Small games or puzzles (like the ones from Haba)
Clothing – For little girls now may be time to sew up a cute pillowcase dress for spring/summer. Boys (and girls too) might enjoy a cape.
Tegu Blocks – In the the groovy new pastels colors. My kids LOVE these.
Gift passes to local play museums, amusement parks, movie theaters, or other fun places your kids like to go. This year we got indoor waterpark day passes for each of our kidlets. ;)
The possibilities are endless. What will go in your child’s Easter basket this year?
Monday, March 28th, 2011