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Toddler Easter Gifts
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Any occasion is a perfect excuse to grow your little one's library. A sensory board book is a great option for a younger toddler, and a classic springtime tale like "Make Way for Ducklings" or "The Velveteen Rabbit" would be a hit with your preschooler.
Warm Weather Outfit
Since toddlers grow so quickly, summer outfits that fit last year will probably not fit again. Tucking in a pair of shorts, a shirt or a cute dress is a nice addition to the Easter basket. Plus, if the weather is nice enough, your child can wear the new outfit for an Easter egg hunt in the afternoon.
Bubbles and Pinwheels
Spring ushers in more time outside, and your child will enjoy passing hours with bubbles. You can tuck in a bottle of classic bubbles or try novelty versions, such as scented or colored bubbles. Include a variety of bubble wand sizes. A pinwheel is a colorful addition to the basket and another magical item to toddlers. They seem to pop up everywhere in stores in the spring.
Toddlers and preschoolers love making music, so you can include a plastic trumpet, maracas or even a set of harmonicas in the Easter basket. Strike up an Easter parade through the house. Your little one will love being the star of the show.
As with bubbles, you can never go wrong with stickers for toddlers. Find a few sheets of stickers with your child's favorite characters at the dollar store, and while you're there, grab a set of scented markers, fun-shape crayons or finger paints to add to the basket. Your small investment will pay you back in a lot of art time at the kitchen table and content kids during your next restaurant meal.
Bath Time Toys
Most kids love bath time, and most moms are constantly trying to disinfect (or toss) well-loved bath toys. Give your little one a new toy to make the next bath time something special. If your child loves bubble baths, grab a new scent of soap to put in the basket, or even add a new towel, washcloth or puff.
You don't have to fill plastic eggs with candy. You can fill them with Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks or even blueberries for a healthy alternative. Most toddlers just love opening the eggs and finding something inside, so don't stress out if you aren't adding candy or food to yours. You can also fill eggs with tattoos, sticker sheets, small pom-poms that they can use for crafts or even quarters for the piggy bank.
The Big Gift
The "big gift" in addition to an Easter basket is certainly optional, and if you don't include it, your preschooler will never know the difference. But if you are looking for the chance to purchase something special, like a tricycle or bike, a sand/water table or another outdoor toy that your child has been eyeing, the holiday provides a perfect reason to go for it.