Whether you prefer candy, toys, or other goodies in your children’s Easter baskets, it’s easy to go non-toxic! We’ve rounded up some amazing suggestions to consider as you prepare for Easter on Sunday, April 16.
Choosing Your Easter Basket
Every Easter basket starts with just that - the basket! Look for a reusable basket made from wood or wicker that you can re-use every year. These are more environmentally-friendly than a plastic basket and they will last for years. If your little one is old enough, they can even help pick out their basket at the store. If you want something more durable, try a colorful metal bucket instead! When your child outgrows it, you can reuse it as a garden planter.
- Rather than disposable plastic grass to fill the Easter basket, choose biodegradable raffia palm ribbon or shredded paper. You could also give your child a small blanket as an Easter gift, and use the blanket to line their basket.
- Look for biodegradable plant-based plastic Easter eggs, like these Eco Eggs.
Some toddlers love to munch on their fruits and veggies just as much as they like jelly beans and candy bars! Mix things up and provide homemade, fresh, or healthy snacks in addition to the sugary goodies. When you do hit the candy aisle, a simple switch to organic candy is an easy-peasy way to make a healthier Easter basket. They taste just as good and your kids won’t know the difference.
- YumEarth provides all types of candy without the funky ingredients you prefer to avoid in your non-toxic lifestyle.
- You don’t have to go far to find healthier candies. Even Target carries options, like these Black Forest Organic jelly beans and bunnies.
- Bitsy’s Brainfood has a variety of crackers, cookies, and treats made from healthier ingredients. They come in kid-friendly shapes and are a great choice for Easter treats.
- Of course, Annie’s offers bunny-shaped treats year round, so scoop them up for your Easter baskets for a healthier treat that’s fun and festive. They offer a variety of snacks from crackers and pretzels to fruit snacks and cookies so they’ll be a hit for the whole family!
Non-Toxic Easter Crafts
Easter baskets aren’t just for candy! Load your little one’s gift basket up with non-toxic art supplies or do an Easter craft as a family.
- Check out Eco-Kids for a variety of kid-friendly non-toxic craft supplies, including an all-natural egg coloring and grass growing kit. They also have crayons, sculpting dough, and more, perfect for toddlers to play with and make adorable Easter crafts.
- You can use Eco-Kids finger paint to decorate homemade Easter cards for family and friends!
- Using a non-toxic paint mix, you can also make cute art projects with your child’s footprint. Follow this tutorial from One Krieger Chick to create a footprint bunny or footprint carrot.
- If you have paper bags from grocery shopping, turn them into a quick and easy non-toxic Easter craft and make masks. This tutorial from Oh Happy Day will show you how.
Eco-Friendly Easter Toys
What’s Easter without a stuffed bunny? Even if you don’t do a stuffed animal, we have some suggestions for cute non-toxic Easter toys perfect for your baby or toddler.
- Easter makes you think of cute, snuggly bunnies and ducklings, and this wooden Duck Color Wheeler from Land of Nod is perfect for babies working on their motor skills. It makes a great addition to your little one’s non-toxic Easter basket.
- Nova Natural’s Organic Cuddle Bunny is made from organic cotton and is the perfect snuggle buddy for your toddler.
Ready for Easter?
Are you all set with your little one’s non-toxic Easter basket? Let us know what non-toxic treats you plan to include.