5 Easy Easter Baskets for Toddlers

easy easter baskets

We love Pinterest.  We love it with all of our hearts.  But it generally makes us feel pretty inadequate, because while we all wish we were the DIY parents who hand sew felt bunnies and make homemade wholesome treats for an Easter basket… most of us aren’t.  We say all the time that Pinterest is aspirational, but weeSpring is practical.  So here are five practical (and candy-free) Easter baskets for toddlers that’ll take you roughly two minutes (and two days of shipping time) to make happen — and will delight them just as much as a super-crafty-homemade basket:

Easy Easter Basket

1) For your little foodie, make a grocery basket.  Melissa and Doug make one pre-assembled, or you can just find a regular wire basket and fill it with play food.

toddler easter basket

2) For the budding Matisse, make an art supply basket.  Start with a brightly colored pail, and add in crayons (P’kolino’s triangle crayons are the most popular on weeSpring), a roll of paper, and if you’re feeling adventurous, some finger paint.

toddler easter ideas

3) For your little builder, make an Easter toolbox.  Four key steps for this one: open cellophane, remove tools, insert Easter grass, and replace tools.

musical easter basket

4) If your toddler’s got great rhythm (or none at all), make a musical Easter basket. Super easy version is the B. Parum Pum Pum Drum, which (like the toolkit) just requires you to add some Easter grass, or you can go slightly more DIY with the basket of your choice and Melissa and Doug’s band in a box.

bunny book basket

5) For the tiny bibliophile, make a bunny book basket. Start with whichever of these aren’t already in your library: Runaway Bunny, Pat the Bunny, That’s Not My Bunny, I Am a Bunny, Guess How Much I Love You, and Knuffle Bunny.

Add some green paper shred to your cart, and you’re ready to roll. Or hop (you know, like the Easter bunny).

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Ally Downey

Ally Downey is the founder and CEO of weeSpring. She's also the author of Here's the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood. You can follow her on Twitter at @allysondowney.

6 Responses

  1. Kim says:

    PLEASE! PLEASE! Do Not even imply by your photo that a live rabbit be part of an Easter Basket!!

    A rabbit is a living pet, and a 10-year commitment. Every year HUNDREDS of rabbits are abandoned after Easter.

    Please. Change your picture and don’t go anywhere near encouraging a Rabbit as a basket filler.

    Thank you.

  2. april says:

    Did you even read the 5 items that they listed or did you only look at the picture?

  3. Jax says:

    April, I don’t think that person is a moron so don’t jump to that conclusion so quickly. The picture itself might give people the wrong idea was the point, and what a wrong idea it would be.

  4. Ashley says:

    I received a live rabbit in my Easter basket when I was 5 years old. I was delighted. He died 12 years later in the back yard under the porch. He was old.

  5. Erin says:

    Oh for goodness sake, why do people take everything so seriously? It’s just a picture! If this simple (and adorable, by the way) picture leads some parent out there to believe that it would be a good idea to give their toddler a LIVE rabbit, there’s absolutely nothing anyone can do to cure that level of ignorance. Thanks for the cute ideas!

  6. Brooke says:

    Thanks to that photo I purchased 5 rabbits for my 19 month old son’s Easter basket.

    The rabbits will live in the boxes that diapers come in and can eat the crumbs my son leaves when he eats.

    When my son grows tired of the rabbits, the survivors will be dropped of at a local farm aka the field behind Walmart.

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