Seasons and holidays give children a sense of rhythm to life that is comforting to their ‘live in the moment’ mentalities. Seasonal celebrations also serve as landmarks for their memories. I like to incorporate the season and nature into our holidays. For Easter, I think of rediscovering the outdoors as the bugs start to emerge and the birds get busy. Both of these baskets have a nature theme to them and all of the products are generally eco-friendly/no-candy ideas. The first one is a bucket full of things to get little ones gardening and having fun in their own backyard!
Backyard Bucket Easter Basket
Twigz Kids Gardening Bucket – Steel – Green A Nice big bucket with a sturdy handle. Perfect for the base as your basket and also for kids to collect dirt and worms in the backyard.
Kid’s 3-Piece Garden Tool Set: Kid sized garden tools for digging in the dirt.
Melissa & Doug Mollie & Bollie Good Gripping Gloves: Kid sized garden gloves.
Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard (Backyard Bugs): A cute book all about earthworms!
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Bubble Blower: We got this one last year. It’s been a hit and I’m excited to get it out again this year!
Sunny Side Up Gardens Little Bunny Egg Carton Garden – Easter Plants Gardening Kids EGG-1: Everything you need to start a vegetable garden with kids! Includes heirloom seeds for green beans, yellow summer squash, sweet baby carrots, crunchy red radishes, baby watermelon and little leaf cucumbers and instructions. Start the seeds inside after Easter and transfer them to your garden in May. What an awesome project!
Outdoor Explorer Easter Basket
Okay onto the second basket. For this one, I wanted to branch out a little farther than the backyard. We recently moved to a neighborhood with a nature trail along a lake and I’ve been thinking about ways to enrich our walks.
Neatnix Round Stuff Bucket, Natural Canvas: Perfect tote for your little nature lover. Plenty of pockets to tuck in tools, sticks, and rocks.
Backyard Exploration Critter Case: For close observation of all those little bugs! This has been played with a lot in our house!
4″ x 4″ Sunprint Kit: Solar paper is a fun alternative to a flower press and a science lesson on light rays all in one!
Bumkins Reusable Snack Bag, Forest Friends, Large: Your little explorer is going to work up an appetite. We need a new snack bag in our house, I’ll be filling ours with bunny crackers and dried fruit and putting it in the Easter basket. A great alternative to candy.
Pond Life (A Golden Guide from St. Martin’s Press): A take along field guide for water explorers.
Coghlan’s Kids Pond Net: Every explorer needs a net!
ToySmith Deluxe Pocket Kite (colors vary): I think this is just the coolest thing– a kite to go. J is always asking if we can fly a kite — and we never have the kite with us. Problem solved!
I am going to have a hard time choosing between the themes! I may mix and match some, I can say for sure the sunprints kit and the pond net will be in our Easter baskets this year!