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Easter Basket Ideas

Draw ‘em In

Got a petite Picasso? Spark her creativity with all the goods needed to craft a masterpiece.

1. Fred & Friends Origami Placemats ($13; sears.com)

2. Fred & Friends Masterpiece Placemats ($10; perpetualkid.com)

3. Artsy Babies Wear Paint book ($7; amazon.com)

4. Britto Markers ($10; pkolino.com)

5. Britto Crayons ($7; pkolino.com)

6. Drizzle acrylic paint around the edge of a Valspar one-gallon empty Paint Can ($3; amazon.com). Fill with shredded construction paper.

7. Faber-Castell Triangular Handle Paintbrush Set ($7; creativityforkids.com)

8. Elmer the Patch-work Elephant Plush ($40; amazon.com)

9. Fill a Darice Clear Treat Cone Bag ($5 for 20 bags; amazon.com) with Jelly Belly jelly beans ($9 for a 16-oz tub; jellybelly.com). (Jelly beans are a choking hazard for kids under 4.)

10. Paint an egg with acrylic paint. Let dry. Drizzle another color over the first. Show off your eggs on this Ten Wall Tray ($2; samflaxny.com)

nature themed easter basket

Nature Lover

Wee greenies will flip for this earth-friendly basket.

1. Morpho Butterfly in a Jar ($20; perpetualkid.com)

2. Color eggs with the Eco-Eggs Coloring Kit ($16; wayfair.com), then transform them into critters using the free activity sheet.

3. Plan Toys Caterpillar Telescope ($23; wayfair.com)

4. Rainforest Wooden Stamp Set ($8; Learning Express, 407-677-8697)

5. Wooden Butterfly, Dragonfly, and Tulip ($1 each; Michaels)

6. Kiss That Frog toy ($10; landofnod.com)

7. DIY Easter basket: Test your crafting skills by weaving together strips of old newspaper. Short on time? Buy a Recycled Paper basket made from old books ($20; patchworklaboratory.etsy.com). Fill the basket with wheat grass (found at local health-food stores).

8. Anamalz Llama ($10; amazon.com)

9. Crayon Rocks ($7; mightynest.com)

10. Squirrel Sweatertoy ($28; sweatertoys.com)

11. Matchstick Gardens ($3; ahamodernliving.com)

 

Spaced out

They’ll be over the moon for this rocket and robots theme.

1. Use clay and foam balls from the Create a Solar System Mobile kit ($30; creativityforkids.com) to help your star build the universe of his dreams.

2. Your astronaut-in-training can blast off in this three-foot Kids on Roof Cardboard Rocket ($60; mightynest.com). Customize it yourself beforehand (we painted this one in bright colors), or let him go wild and decorate it himself.

3. Bake delish Easter treats in the Fred & Friends Yumbots Robot cupcake molds ($14; amazon.com). If you’re not a baker (we’ll never tell), place store-bought cupcakes inside instead.

4. Ty Beanie Baby Yo Gabba Gabba! Plex ($7; bbtoystore.com)

5. Let your mad scientist build his own Color Changing Robot Light. ($18; target.com)

6. Robot puzzle ($12; potterybarnkids.com)

7. Rapid Fire Robot ($40; nationalgeographic.com)

8. KamiBot String Doll Keychain ($10; kamibashi.com)

9. Robobox robot stencils ($9; perpetualkid.com)

10. Retro Slinky ($8; landofnod.com)

 

Magical Morning

Princesses will love this sparkly storybook surprise.

1. You Can Draw Fairies and Princesses book ($26; target.com)

2. Crystal Rock Candy Pops ($12 per dozen; orientaltrading.com)

3. Use a cookie cutter to create star-shaped sugar cookies and decorate with frosting and edible glitter.

4. Ty Beanie Boos Buddy Unicorn ($17; amazon.com)

5. DIY castle basket: Cut squares at the top of a collapsible cardboard box to make a tower effect. Paint and decorate as desired. (We used sponges to create the appearance of bricks.)

6. Find It Glitz and Glamour game ($20; toysrus.com)

7. Twinkle String Doll Keychain ($10; kamibashi.com)

8. Make glitter eggs! Brush glue on a hardboiled egg. Pour glitter into a bowl. With a spoon, sprinkle glitter over egg. Let dry.

9. Princess Versus Frog Tic Tac Toe game ($15; perpetualkid.com)

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