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Great Alternatives for a Healthier Easter Basket

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April 21 is Easter Sunday.  Like so many households, we will be awakened early by excited children anxious to see what awaits them in their Easter baskets.  And like so many parents, we hate to load those baskets with too much sugar.  I am a firm believer of “everything in moderation.”  I’m not about to suggest that my kids won’t get some candy Easter morning.  But I am happy to find some healthier alternatives to keep them happy and entertained. 

Easter Egg Options

Who says the plastic eggs for those Easter egg hunts have to be filled with candy?  Amazon offers some perfect alternatives, from dinosaurs to unicorns.  And the best part?  They are already filled, so no rushing to do that the evening before the big hunt!

Small Toys and Novelties

Amazon has plenty of little basket fillers that are sure to please kids of all ages.  Who doesn’t love Play-Doh or the ever popular slime? Bring back the nostalgia of the 90’s with a few slap bracelets, or make bath-time more fun with Sesame Street tub colors.

Puzzles and Games

We have a three year old and an eleven year old to buy for, so it’s not always easy to find things that will please both of them.  Puzzles and Mad Libs are a great alternative to candy for the older kids on your list. And this Mad Libs is even Easter themed!

Outdoor Activities

Easter represents new life and brings with it the hope of warmer weather.  What better way to celebrate that than with outdoor toys?  You can encourage your young gardeners with tools, books, and their very own flower garden.  Any gift that encourages outside play in the fresh air is a win in our household.

There’s nothing wrong with a big chocolate bunny, some jellybeans, and a few Cadbury eggs (my personal favorite!).  But there are plenty of fun, stimulating, healthier alternatives to the traditional candy baskets.  What are your favorite non-candy treats to include in Easter baskets?  Share your ideas in the comments!

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