Gifts that promote creativity
This Easter, instead of giving
unhealthy candy that only lasts a few bites, consider
long-lasting gifts that inspire the imagination and provide
endless hours of enjoyment. Here are some creative gift-giving
ideas for your little recipient.
Explore artistic worlds
Foster some artistic spirit with a
basket filled with paint brushes, pastels, papers, molding clay
and other imaginative tools. Just be sure to buy supplies that
are age appropriate and safe for the recipient.
Encourage pretend play
Give kids toys that allow them to
express themselves, such as the Hopscotch Rabbit Family from
Calico Critters. It is one of many cute and lovable critter
families your child can collect this Easter. These award-winning
miniature animals promote wholesome family values and inspire
Begin a love for books
Let the adventures begin with
stories your little ones will want you to read them over and
over again. Look for seasonal books that share the stories of
the Easter holiday or those with a springtime theme.
Dress up for fun
Let their inner princess, super
hero and ballerina shine through by lining their basket with a
variety of colorful, fun outfits and accessories. Dress up play
encourages hours of imaginative play and can even allow the
parents to join in on the role playing excitement.
Build the mind
From oversized pieces suitable for
tiny tikes to complete, intricate sets for older kids, there are
many great building toys for children of all ages. Since they’re
loved by all, building block sets are a great choice for
families with boys and girls.
Create beautiful music
From mini xylophones to tambourines
and recorders, add some booming beats and expressive harmonies
to their day with musical instruments. Include a lesson book
with songs and they’ll be playing a tune in no time.
Discover outdoor play
Unglue them from their tablets,
smartphones and televisions, and encourage outdoor play for
stimulating physical activity. Tuck a basketball, kite or even a
jump rope inside those baskets and it’s game on.
Plant the seed
For the budding gardener, fill
those plastic eggs with seeds and give them gloves, shovels and
terra cotta pots to begin their own garden. They will learn a
valuable lesson about how plants are grown and some pointers on
Beads, baubles, yarn and other
craft goods allow children to create anything they put their
mind to. Visit the clearance section at your local craft store
to find a variety of materials young hands will love to work
Inspire theatrical performances
From birds to humans to dinosaurs,
puppets allow kids to put on a show wherever they are. Look for
those that engage in learning, such as puppets in the shape of
farm animals or even fruits and vegetables.
From exploring new worlds in a
picture book to learning to play a musical instrument, your
little ones will adore receiving these thoughtful and
brain-boosting gifts this Easter.
Making Easter memories
Many families use this special
holiday as an opportunity to create new traditions and teachable
moments for their youngsters. Here are some ways your family can
do the same:
Make discovering the basket part of
the fun with a treasure hunt using a series of hidden clues or a
Ask your children to join you in
preparing and delivering baskets to a senior living residence in
Theme your baskets for a family
activity, with each child receiving a critical piece of the
overall project. For example, one child receives a garden spade;
another gets packets full of seeds, and so on.
Baby wants a basket, too
Although the littlest members of
the family certainly won’t be sinking their teeth into gooey
chocolate bunnies, these ideas for creating a small basket of
age-appropriate items will let baby join older siblings in the
Rather than a traditional woven
basket, choose a snuggly plush container reflecting a favorite
character or an Easter-themed animal such as a bunny, chick or
You’re never too young for an
Easter present. Include your infant in the holiday festivities
by introducing them to a world of wonderment with Earlyears
toys, such as their award-winning Soft Baby Blocks or Baby Farm
Friends Bowling. These products are not only fun and colorful,
but they help your baby learn and develop every step of the way.
Look for gifts that celebrate the
season that can be used every day. This can include a hooded
bath towel in the character of a duck or bunny.
Avoid using plastic grass as
filler, which can pose a choking hazard. Instead opt for
shredded paper or tissue paper. Or get creative and line the
basket with useful items such as new washcloths or burp rags.
To round out baby’s basket,
consider the developmental stage and incorporate relevant items.
For example, if you’ll soon be saying farewell to bottles, use
Easter as an opportunity to get your baby excited about using a
brand new sippy cup.