At Easter time, stores are filled with candy, chocolate bunnies in every size, and plastic eggs galore. It’s a recipe for sugar-overload, and I don’t even want to think about where all those cheap plastic eggs will wind up.
The environmentalist and mom in me secretly cringes at these aisles every time a holiday rolls around.
I’m not a stickler. I love a good treat. Thankfully, there are some awesome alternatives to the conventional sweets full of corn-syrup and other additives, including some pretty cool DIY options (edible and non-edible).
Here are a few ideas for natural, eco-friendly Easter baskets for children, as well as treats to hide around the house.
Eco-Friendly Easter Basket Ideas
Wooden toys are amazing and there are lots of cute ideas for Easter:
- I love these wooden eggs and they are a perfect addition to any toy kitchen.
- This Easter bunny wooden puzzle from Etsy is so fun
- This Wooden lacing bunny is an awesome learning toy
- How fun is this wooden mountain from Hope Learning Toys? We have it and it’s one of K’s favourites
- This little baby chick waldorf toy set is so cute.
Felted toys are a great, natural toy that kids of all ages can play with, and you can also make them yourself if you’re crafty. This year I’m going to be making a basket of eggs like these ones from Craft Passion, which will go well with the bunny K received last year. Check out my Pinterest Easter board for other simple, DIY Easter toys. If you prefer to buy some off Etsy, these are a few of my favourites:
- I am so in love with this felted fairy garden kit from Fairyfolk
- These felted bunny easter eggs are adorable!
- These wool felted eggs are perfect for Easter
Craft or Art Project and Supplies
I really like the idea of including art or craft projects in an Easter basket. I picked up a simple wooden birdhouse at Michaels recently that K can paint and decorate in whichever way he pleases. You could also include some art supplies like crayons or paints and brushes. Last year we included a set of beeswax crayons, which are still used very often and seem like they’ve barely gotten smaller!
Natural Candy and Organic Chocolate
For hiding around the house, Surf Sweets makes some great organic candy that is not only free of corn syrup, artificial flavours and colours, but is also made in a nut-free, vegetarian facility. Their jelly beans are especially delicious. There are also a ton of different organic chocolate companies to choose from, like Endangered Species, Cocoa Camino and Green & Blacks. You could also easily make your own little goodies like mini chocolate treats. Whole New Mom has an excellent post with a ton of options.
If you want to avoid any sweets, some good ideas to hide in plastic eggs, which we have done in the past, include Hot Wheels cars, Lego mini figures, finger puppets like this adorable organic set by MiYim, or small wooden trinkets. Last year I went to an unfinished furniture store and picked up a bunch of tiny wooden letters, which we hid in different eggs. They can be used for learning the alphabet or a child’s name, or just for fun.
Eco Plastic Eggs
As an alternative to the regular plastic eggs, these eco eggs are a great find. They’re made in the USA from plants, 100% renewable content, and are fully compostable after use. Fill these with healthier treats or fun little trinkets like wooden items.
For kids, books are always a hit and it’s great to get a new one on special occasions. I have a list of children’s books about Spring, which would go great with the Easter theme.
Homemade Play Dough
Play dough is always a big hit over here, and thankfully, homemade play dough is easy and fun to make. Some of my favourite ideas for Easter and Spring-themed play dough are The Imagination Tree’s carrot play dough, and their play dough surprise eggs also look so fun!
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