Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids (That Aren't Candy)
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The anticipation of the Easter Bunny arriving and leaving behind an Easter basket can feel really exciting for your little ones. As a parent, the biggest concern you most likely have about premade Easter baskets is the amount of candy. While the occasional sweet treat is just fine, you may not want your child to have several pieces of candy. Most kiddos are going to want to gobble it up in a flash which can result in an uncomfortable "sugar rush" and a tummy ache. So, what can you do? Well, the best course of action is to make your own Easter basket. You will have total control of what goes inside, and you can get creative!
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We have put together a list of all sorts of goodies you can use as Easter basket fillers that your children can actually use! From sidewalk chalk and gift cards, to craft kits and bath toys, there are options for the whole family, not just the little ones. You can even put an age appropriate basket together for your tween! Take a look at all of our creative DIY Easter basket ideas, which are broken up into categories, making it easier to find just what you need. The best part is everything can be found on Amazon!
Best Outdoor Activity Easter Basket Fillers
- Little Kids Fubbles No-Spill Bubble Tumbler
- Jofan 18 Pack Easter Sidewalk Chalk Set
- Sackorange 4 Pack Jump Rope with Wood Handles for Kids
- Everich Toy Paddle Toss and Catch Ball Set
- Fun-Here Water Guns 9 Inch 6 Packs for Kids
- Click N Play 18 Piece Beach Sand Toy Set
- Toy Rocket Launcher for Kids
- YIFONTIN Beach Towel for Kids
Best Nature Activity Easter Basket Fillers
- Advanced Play Fairy Garden Kit Kids Gardening Set
- Paint & Plant Sunflower Growing Kit
- Nature Gift Store Live Butterfly Kit
- Kid Gardening Tools
- 2-Pack Make A Wind Chime Kits
- Beetle & Bee Build A Bird Bungalow
- Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder
Best Art Activity Easter Basket Fillers
- FunzBo Arts and Crafts Supplies for Kids
- ArtCreativity Assorted Easter Stickers for Kids
- Easter Coloring Book
- Crayola Crayons
- Watercolor Cake Set
- Paper Flower Template Kit
- VICOVI 1000+pcs Pony Beads Kit
Best Indoor Toys and Games Easter Basket Fillers
- Amy&Benton 120PCS Carnival Prizes
- Melissa & Doug Burrow Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal
- Rubik's Cube 3 x 3 Puzzle Game
- TENZI Dice Party Game
- Regal Games Classic Card Games
- LEGO Easter Bunny
Best Pampering Easter Basket Fillers
- Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce
- Airdom Dinosaur Bath Bombs for Kids
- Townley Girl Frozen Non-Toxic 18 Piece Peel Off Nail Polish Set
- New Hair Chalk Comb Temporary Bright Hair Color Dye
- Crocs Kids' Classic Flip Flop
- Lip Smacker Original Flavors
- Spa LifeSpring and Easter Chicks and Bunnies Holiday Facial Mask 10 pack
Best Sensory Easter Basket Fillers
- 4 Pack Easter Fidget Toys Pack
- 24 Pack Mini can Slime
- Play-Doh Easter Basket Toys 25-Piece Bundle
- Koosh Ball
- Super Z Outlet Liquid Motion Bubbler
- MarvelBeads 50,000 Water Beads [Non-Toxic]
Best Unique Easter Basket Fillers
- Candy Land Kids Bandages, 100 ct
- bubba Flo Water Bottle
- Reusable Silicone Straws for Toddlers and Kids, 12 ct
- Greenzla Kids Bamboo Toothbrushes (6 Pack)
- Apple Gift Card
- Ann Clark Cookie Cutters 3-Piece Easter Fun Cookie Cutter Set
Easter Outdoor Activities
Not only are these bubble tumblers spillproof, but they are also non-toxic and free of harmful dyes. Bubbles are a great way to get the kiddos outside for a quick and fun activity. These are a great price and super adorable!
"Whoever invented these is truly brilliant. They work so well that my son no longer wants to blow bubbles for hours and hours because he can no longer just dump out the liquid and make me get him poor. Great stuff. 10/10"
Sidewalk chalk is always such a great activity on a sunny day. What sets these apart is that they are Easter-themed! You get a couple of chicks, bunnies, and the rest are shaped like Easter eggs. They are easy to use, made of high-quality material, and completely safe for your kiddos to use.
"Can I just say" what a beautiful product?" The picture does not do it justice, Well packaged and arrived in a timely fashion. This will be my best Easter gift to date. Looking forward to Easter. I will buy again next Easter."
Jump rope is a fun and creative way to encourage your children to get outside and move their bodies. The length of these jump ropes is perfect for littles 5 years old and up. Plus, the handles are made of comfortable, splinter-free wood shaped and painted to look like animals. How cute!
"Super cute jump rope! It is the perfect size for my 5 yr old but I could also jump rope with it! A great beginner's rope. The weight of the jump rope was not too light! A great buy!"
This is a great game for your kids to play together. The paddles are made of good quality material and are built to last. They come in several different colors and the whole family can play.
"We've owned a few different versions of this game. Most of the time the balls don't last longer than a single beach season. This set though by EVERICH seems to be a lot more durable and has successfully survived a full summer and has more gas still in the tank."
These non-toxic water guns are the perfect summer toy. They shoot water up to 20 ft and are small enough to fit your child's hands comfortably. Plus, they are great for pool parties or beach trips.
"My children love these as they are so easy to use and easy to fill up."
These sand toys are perfect for a day at the beach. This set comes with 18 pieces, which means there's plenty to do and plenty to share. It also comes with a mesh bag which is great for rounding up all the toys at the end of a fun day.
"I got these for our 2-year-old granddaughter to play with at the beach on our boat. Came in a great mesh tote, she felt important carrying this to the boat, and helped divert a tantrum by giving her a job! Nice variety. Kept her busy. They float too. Easy to clean up and stow in the boat too."
Watching these little rockets fly high can make for hours of outdoor fun. The rockets are made of foam, which means they are safe and won't hurt someone during landing. It even comes with a stand that folds easily when it's time to pack up.
"I bought these as a Christmas gift for my 7 yr old grandson. He loves them. They do fly rather far just as described, so make sure to have a big open space. The launcher is heavy-duty, so this should last."
While a beach towel isn't an activity, it is essential for water play. These are super soft terry which also means they are very absorbent. There are several patterns to choose from too including dinosaurs, unicorns, and flamingos.
"My 24 month old loves this towel for her swim classes, and I have received a lot of compliments about it. It's so easy to just put it over her head at the side of the pool and she can walk into the locker rooms herself without dripping everywhere. We have used it for a few months now and it's holding up well!"
Easter-Themed Nature Activities
How fun would an enchanted Fairy Garden be? Imaginative play is sure to explode with this fun activity. it includes everything you need to get started including magical seed mix and soil.
"My daughter LOVES this fairy garden. She has been taking care of it and I am impressed with how fast the growth has been. Hours of playtime outside with fairies."
You get supplies to make the planter your own as well as the seeds and soil needed to grow 3 varieties of sunflowers. From decorating to planting, this is a fun beginning gardening kit for little ones interested in flowers and how they grow.
"Bought this kit for my grandchildren during the Coronavirus stay-at-home time.
They think it is a fun activity and are enjoying watching the flowers grow. Nice for springtime!"
What an exciting and engaging science activity this could be! Start with tiny caterpillars and watch them transform. Kids can enjoy releasing their butterflies into the garden.
"Our family loved this! We were sent 7 caterpillars, 6 of which lived to be released as butterflies. All of the materials are of great quality, and they arrived quickly. The directions are so easy to follow, even explaining some of the behavior you might see! It comes with a coupon to order more, and we certainly will. I would not hesitate to buy one as a gift or to suggest it to a friend. "
This adorable gardening set not only encourages outside playtime, but also is a great way to learn about the importance of growing and taking care of a garden. It comes with all the starting tools your little one will need, making it a wonderful Easter gift.
"Gifted these to my girls. The quality of each piece is really great, especially for the price. Would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for tools for their kids to help get involved in gardening."
This windchime activity kit will let your little one get creative, and enjoy the melodic tinkling when they are placed outside. It even comes with plain terracotta pots and paint, allowing your kiddos to make them unique.
"My daughter really enjoyed painting this windchime and putting it together! It's a great activity to keep kids busy!"
This is a great craft that you can assemble and decorate with your child. Birds are fascinating creatures and it's fun to watch them take interest in the birdhouse that you created. It comes with all the materials and instructions needed.
"A bit challenging to assemble for a toddler - but great parent/kid activity and kid decorating. Extremely sturdy - ours has been hanging for over 2 years - it is on its second spring and its second set of birds nesting - a great time watching the birds fly in and out - 100% worth the money."
Bird feeders are a great way to interact with wildlife in your backyard. This one is squirrel proof because we all know how much squirrels enjoy birdseed. Even though it's not a DIY item, it's still something fun for the kids to do.
"Though I Love the Squirrels, I wanted one of my bird feeders left alone. So My Blue Birds and all their friends could eat in peace. So far so good great feeder. No squirrel has bothered with it. Happy Birds =Happy Momma."
Easter Art Activities
This craft kit has everything you need to make all kinds of fun art projects. There's a variety of colors and materials. You can even create an Easter-themed craft for you all to make together as a family with their new kit. It's great for preschoolers and older children too!
"This has a great assortment of craft items. My preschooler (3 years old) and I were able to make so many projects with this! Very age-appropriate, very user friendly, and even the container can become a project!"
There are so many stickers in this set that you can even save some sheets for next year. These are perfect as an Easter basket filler or to fill Easter eggs for an Easter egg hunt!
"These are very nice stickers, and in a huge quantity for the money. We were able to give some not only to our granddaughter but to the little boy next door and several other children."
There's nothing more fun than a coloring book, and this particular one is Easter-themed! It has 30 different images. You can even gently tear out the pages and hang them up as a fun decoration.
"Good quality paper for markers, clean lines, lots of coloring objects without being too overwhelming for small children."
Pair a new coloring book with some crayons for your kiddos to get right to work.
For your creative ones who love a good art project, a new set of watercolors is perfect for making their own paintings. Parents will love that they’re non-toxic and totally washable.
If you have a little one who loves DIY projects, this kit for making paper flowers is a creative Easter gift. Full instructions and templates are included. Pretty sure your kids will be giving the grown-ups tutorials because these flowers are awesome!
Beading is back in style! Get your older kids and tweens ready to go with this all-inclusive kit. The beads can be used to make bracelets or as hair accessories!
"My 13-year-old daughter just got these and has already used most of them up to make five awesome friendship bracelets for her closest girlfriends, to give them when they all meet again at school."
Indoor Toys and Games for Easter
If you’re headed on an Easter egg hunt, skip the jelly beans and instead fill plastic eggs with tiny trinkets as you would find at a carnival. Toys that are too big for eggs still make great basket stuffers.
"This package contains everything a kid would want in a party bag. Even the outside packaging is well presented. I will order again and I will recommend it to family and friends. Thank you my daughter loves them."
Stuffed animals make great basket fillers and a nice and cuddly bunny would be a great Easter addition. This one by Melissa & Doug is safe for all ages.
"Bought for my niece, she loves it. It is very beautifully made, very very soft, and squishy. A little smaller than I was expecting but she loves it nonetheless and sits it on the table with her while she’s eating.'
A classic mind twister, a Rubix cube would fit nicely into a game-themed Easter basket. It's a fun and compact gift idea!
"This cube is official Rubik's. The colors are molded pieces and not stickers. The joints are flexible and allow for smooth rotations. I would buy it again if I needed another cube."
A dice party game for kids who love a little friendly competition.
Kids and grown-ups can participate in these six classic card games. Keep as a set of spread throughout a couple of different Easter baskets. Enjoy War, Go Fish, Old Maid, Slap Jack, Crazy 8s, and Monster Memory Match.
If you have a LEGO fan at home, this is is a great Easter basket stuffer! It comes with all the pieces needed for them to create their own Easter bunny.
"My 5-year-old grandson LOVED putting this together as part of our Easter preparations. It served as a great decorative piece at our table, as well! He is very "into" Legos, and this was great fun for him!"
Pampering Easter Basket Stuffers
A super fun way to make bath time exciting for little ones. Change the color of the water safely with these Crayola Bath Dropz.
Bath bombs are another fun way to spice up bath time. Try these Dinosaur Bath Bombs for a special Easter surprise.
If you have little girls who like experimenting with nail polish, this Frozen-themed kit of non-toxic peel-off polish is sure to be an Easter basket hit.
If you have kids that want to experiment with hair color, hair chalk is a great non-permanent way to play!
A new pair of cushy cozy flip flops will help your kids welcome in spring and summer.
Lipsmakers are back! This set has eight flavors, the perfect size to stuff inside of a Easter egg.
What says pampering more than these fun face masks? These are cute and Easter-themed, making them great gift ideas for your older kids' Easter baskets.
"Very happy with them. Great bargain for the number of masks included. "
Sensory Easter Basket Stuffers
Great for keeping little fingers busy, this fidget toy is quiet, reusable, soft, and surprisingly fun! Plus, these are Easter-themed and include bunnies, eggs, and a carrot!
"We got this gift for our autistic granddaughter. Her and her 2 yr. old brother showed lots of interest in pressing the nubs on the balls. The younger brother held onto his for a couple of hours but I'm sure his autistic sister will be spending time with these when the situation calls for it."
If you’re a household that embraces slime, then this 24 pack of mini slimes is for you! Give as an Easter gift, or split into multiple baskets for unlimited fun.
This play-doh bundle is a great Easter gift idea. You get several pastel colors and tools to make different egg shapes as well as bunny parts to add to the play-doh to make your own Easter bunny!
"Great product my daughter has fun playing with this with all her play-doh items! Great find."
My favorite sensory toy, the stretchy, stringy, squishy joy that comes with a koosh ball is unbeatable. This would make a great addition to a sensory basket. Amazon has a ton of options, we’ve linked a classic here.
For some visual stimulation, these Liquid Motion Bubblers are mesmerizing for kids of all ages.
This can be a messy one, but water beads are an ultimate sensory activity! Just add water, watch them grow and expand, and your kids will dive right into the squishy, sensory goodness.
Unique Easter Basket Gifts
It's normal for kids to get scrapes and cuts, so why not give them extra special bandaids? These are adorable Candy Land patterns and they are also antibacterial.
"My kids get ouchies here and there and a bandaid always solves the problem. This one has good adhesion and doesn’t leave marks once peeled off. The print is cute making it more fun during the crisis."
In my experience, you can never have enough water bottles. This one may seem like a simple design, but it gets the job done perfectly. Not only is it durable and spillproof, but it is also BPA-free, and odor/stain resistant. Plus there are a few color options, too!
"My kids use these water bottles for school. Never had any reports of leaks from either one of them. It's very easy to clean as well as to use. My 3-year-old is able to flip down the lock and open her own water bottle herself without any assistance..."
If your little ones enjoy using straws with their drinks, these reusable silicone ones are great. There are a couple of different colors, so your children can pick their favorite. The silicone is 100% safe and is also food grade and BPA free. Plus you also get a couple of brushes to make sure they get extra clean.
"I bought this to reduce plastic straw use and my two-year-old has a habit of chewing on straws. She likes that these don’t collapse when she chews on them and see easy to drink from. The little brushes that came with it are great for cleaning. I’m glad they included multiple cleaning brushes."
Not only are these toothbrushes eco-friendly, but they are carefully made for the tiniest teeth. The bristles are soft enough even for a little one who is teething, while the handle is made of strong bamboo.
"AMAZING TOOTHBRUSHES! My kids love brushing their teeth. They told some of their friends and now their whole class bought them. Wow!"
If you have an aspiring baker in your house, this would be a great idea for their Easter basket. It comes with 3 cookie cutters; a chick, a bunny, and a carrot. There is also a recipe book as well to give them some inspiration.
"Great quality cookie cutters, these will hold up a long time! Came a day later than estimated. Quality of product is great! I'll order this brand again."
Now you have plenty of ideas for your kids' Easter baskets-appropriate so you can skip the extra sugar but not on the fun! Each of these options caters to all types of kiddos' interests, so there is something for everyone of all ages!
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Stefanie is an experienced parenting writer and has published works in other publications such as Motherly.