Tired of Easter baskets filled to the brim with sugary sweets that disappear faster than you can say “chocolate bunny”? We’re right there with you.

This year, why not trade in the sugar rush and random, forgotten knick-knacks (that always end up cluttering your home) with thoughtful treasures your little ones will cherish? From quality toys to engaging activities, creating a kids’ Easter is easier than you think.

No matter if you’re an expert crafter or a first-time DIY-er, we’ve broken down six easy steps on how to make an Easter basket for your kiddo that’s as meaningful as it is memorable.

Step 1: Choose a theme based on your child’s interests

Kids are almost as excited for Easter as they are for Christmas—meaning just about any gift will make them happy—but nothing will make them feel extra special than receiving an Easter basket tailored to the things they love most.

Are they obsessed with dinosaurs, fascinated by animals, or maybe they’re budding artists? Diving into their world of passions, hobbies, or favorite characters will help you fill their Easter basket with items that speak directly to their heart.

Step 2: Say no to junk and yes to quality items

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Quality over quantity is the name of the game when selecting items for your child’s Easter basket. Think printable coloring sheets, board books, stuffed animals, or an awesome magnetic tile set.

You can also opt for “toys that offer kids developmental benefits that’ll grow with them, rather than one that’ll end up at the bottom of a toy box,” says Kelli Masilun, Schleich toy expert and mom of three. Schleich’s exciting line of playsets, from farm animals to fantasy creatures, are not only well-crafted and durable, but they also help spark kids’ imagination.

By choosing these adored gifts, you’re not only ensuring a longer lifespan for the toys, but also promoting a more sustainable approach to gift-giving that focuses on lasting enjoyment.

Step 3: Balance fun with education

Who says Easter baskets can’t be both fun and educational? Look for items that spark creativity and learning, like a science experiment kit, building blocks, or a DIY art set.

Our favorite is Schleich’s adorable six-piece baby barnyard animals, which will keep them entertained while also expanding their growing minds. This charming bundle, featuring a piglet, donkey foal, dalmatian puppy, and a tiny lamb, to name a few, can help teach your little one about the world outside their door while inspiring compassion for animals through play.

Plus, “Schleich animal figures go everywhere a child goes, so learning and discovery can occur anywhere and everywhere,” Masilun adds.

Step 4: Get creative by putting your own spin on it

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Adding a personal touch to your child’s Easter basket can transform it into a cherished keepsake. Consider tossing in a handmade gift, such as a heartfelt card or a DIY craft that you and your child can create together.

You can also include items that are a reflection of your bond, like a special trinket. These little gestures will truly make a gift full of so much love and meaning that your child will treasure for years to come.

Step 5: Mix things up

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Don’t be afraid to mix things up and add variety to your child’s Easter basket. Throw in a new board game to challenge their minds, a notebook for on-the-go creativity, a favorite snack to indulge their taste buds, a practical item like a water bottle for outdoor adventures, or even socks (because who couldn’t use an extra pair?).

The key is to strike a balance and keep things fun and interesting, but also useful for your child’s daily life.

Step 6: Put it all together

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Once you’ve gathered all your goodies, it’s time to assemble the Easter basket. Get creative with the presentation, whether it’s a traditional basket, a colorful bucket, or even a themed box, the sky’s the limit! Just make sure everything is arranged thoughtfully and looks oh-so-inviting.

And there you have it—how to make an easter basket that’s bursting with fun, creativity, and meaning, minus all the junk! So go ahead, get crafting, and watch your little one’s face light up with joy come Easter.

Schleich is running fun-tastic deals now through Easter, with new offers available every week until March 31, 2024. Hop over to their website today for a free farm animal gift set with your purchase and check out their other awesome toy deals.

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