My daughter is far too young for candy, so I put together a list of fun things to do over Easter with your toddler. I added toys, books, and even so egg coloring ideas.
(Ages 18 months-4 years/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2015)
Preschoolers can take the fun on the go with these cute, vehicle-themed carrying cases. Featuring a van with Abby Cadabby & Elmo or a bus with Cookie Monster & Elmo, this assortment has space for three figures (additional figures sold separately), perfect for recreating preschoolers’ favorite scenes. Each playset sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
(Ages 2-4 years)
Take alphabet play on the go with the ELMO ABC CASE set! This portable Elmo-themed carrying case features a variety of Sesame Street character images and comes complete with 26 plastic letter pieces that snap into place. Who knew learning the alphabet could be so much fun! There is a Sesame Street Number Set just like this too.
(Ages 12 months & up)
It’s time to hit the road! The two-in-one portable toy allows preschoolers to explore how gears work, and cars move, making playtime fun for baby and easy for mom and dad. In car mode, this fun little vehicle has gears for wheels, allowing baby to roll it along the floor while watching the little passengers spin around inside. When the set is open, kids can begin to explore early engineering play by stacking the five removable gears up to the sky or arranging them around the car to examine how they all fit together. The set helps to promote the development of fine motor skills and allows kids to discover cause and effect when the gears they’ve placed begin to move and shift. When it’s time to pack up for another adventure, snap the gears securely inside the car, close it up, and toss it in a diaper bag for space-saving storage and transport.
The Happy Egg – When a little bird is inside an egg, it cannot walk, it cannot sing, and it cannot fly. All it can do is be sat on. But when the time is just right: Pop! — out it comes. And then a little bird can do almost anything! With the same insightful simplicity of their classic The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson celebrate the promise and confidence of little birds (and young children) everywhere.
Easter Egg Coloring – This is a simple fun activity for Easter. You can color the eggs and eat them or blow out the egg and save them for posterity. My toddler is pretty good with a paintbrush so we might use acrylic paint on them this year.
Ollie’s Easter Eggs – PreS-Gossie, Gertie, BooBoo, and Peedie each dye their Easter eggs red, blue, purple, and yellow, respectively. Gossie hides hers in the grass. Gertie hides her in a haystack. BooBoo hides hers in a pot filled with tulips. And Peddie hides his under a green turtle. A while later, the goslings are surprised when they find their eggs missing and go on a real Easter egg hunt. They see them wrapped in shiny green ribbon as Ollie proudly looks on. Small, creative details appear hidden on each page, such as a snail, a butterfly, a piece of green ribbon, a frog, and a spider. Ollie sports an adorable rabbit-ear cap. The crisp illustrations, done in pen, ink, and gouache, show the characters in action. For example, each time Ollie hides an egg, he has to use his beak, or webbed feet, while pushing very hard, which emphasizes his small size and weight, in relation to the egg.
Easter Egg Bath Bombs – If your kiddo is a bath fan, then these bath bombs are a fun late night activity for your toddler. It is so fun to see their faces when the bath bombs start fizzling. I made an easy DIY to make them yourself here.
Now that I have shared what I am putting in my toddler Easter basket let me know what you are putting in your gift basket.
Lego Easter Bunny– This is super fun to put together for your toddler. They really can’t play with it yet if they are in the habit of putting things in their mouth. My toddler doesn’t do that so she is fine with these Legos. If you think the legos are too small, check out this Mega Bloks Set that comes in festive for Easter in cute pastel colors.
Hide N Squeak Eggs – These eggs are not the ordinary eggs you find at the grocery! Crack open the shells to reveal six special chicks. Learn shapes by sorting each shell into its own carton spot. Six different face/shell combinations included. Press down gently on their heads to hear them cheep! Best of all, no batteries are needed!
For more Easter inspiration, follow along with my Easter Pinterest Board Here: