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Apr 07, 2017 OHIOHEALTH
Easter Basket Alternatives to Candy: 4 Kinds of Treats That Fill Baskets with Fun

Help the Easter bunny deliver a basket you’ll feel good about and your kids will love.

When Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, his baskets don’t have to be jammed with the fake grass, sugar and saturated fats they’re traditionally known for. Load them with fun instead! Of course, you don’t have to say no to candy altogether; a sprinkling of chocolate and jelly bean fillers is sweet treat enough. Mix and match it up from the following ideas — your kids will love how the Easter bunny knows how to have fun!

Get Outside!

If healthy Easter baskets are what you’re after, go all in and get your kids moving, too. Fill baskets with all kinds of reasons to get outside and be active.

  • Frisbees
  • Balls of all sorts
  • Jump ropes
  • Kites
  • Swim goggles and toys
  • Squirt guns
  • Bubbles

Let Creativity Loose

Nourish your kids’ creative side with treats that feed the artist in them.

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Rubber stamps
  • Stickers
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons and markers (bath versions are fun, too)
  • Gel pens
  • Finger paints
  • Play-Doh
  • Mini Etch-a-Sketch
  • Silly putty

Have Fun Together

Instead of filling them with sugar, fill their time with fun activities they can do on their own or with others. Build relationships and memories that last and mean more than jelly beans and chocolate bunnies ever could.

  • Cooking items, such as cookbooks, cookie cutters, kid-sized utensils and an apron
  • Flash cards
  • Board and card games
  • Books
  • Gardening starters, such as seeds, pots, soil and small tools
  • Movies
  • Tickets to events

Let Them Feel Pampered

Who doesn’t love a little pampering? Whether it’s a fun indulgence or an unexpected privilege, little treats can bring big smiles.

  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss
  • Hair accessories
  • Bubble bath
  • Toothbrushes
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Fun Band-Aids
  • Crazy socks
  • Flip flops
  • Coupons for more screen time, later curfew, kid’s choice for dinner, or no chores

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