Most American holidays seem to be about one thing — the sweets. Don’t get me wrong — I am Swedish, and by definition love baking sweet treats for my loved ones. But, I don’t like feeling pressured to buy packaged and unhealthy candy for every holiday just to appease my little chicklings.
The thing is you don’t have to! There are a number of non-candy, sustainable Easter basket ideas that don’t include lots of sugar, GMOs, and food dyes. In addition to not wanting candy, I have been trying to focus on sustainable toys — toys made with toxic-free paints, without plastic but natural materials like wood and wool, and things that will inspire the imagination. It may sound daunting to look for plastic free options, but there really are some wonderful and cute ones out there!
Let your family members know that you are moving towards sustainable toys, and help them out by providing them with a list. What I have noticed is that European toys have stricter toxin standards, and are way ahead of the game. You can also find nearly anything on Etsy, so try searching it for what strikes your child’s fancy. You may have to stay out of Walmart and Target, and order online (but hey, that’s okay during spring 2020, right?).
Without further ado, here are 10 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas:
- Grapat Mandala pieces – these Spanish-made, small wooden imaginative play toys that fit inside of an egg (for 3 and older). These have quickly become the favorite toy in my home. Hands down — get these for your egg hunt!
- Wooden 3D puzzles – add some fun to the regular puzzle while going sustainable with wood. Check out Etsy, or the higher priced Grimms.
- Try a Melissa & Doug egg cutting set to encourage hand eye coordination, and again, a big plus for going with wood over plastic.
- I love these Montessori ouchless choppers for little cooks.
- Grab a rock painting kit for craft time (and mama’s coffee time).
- Check out the European wood animal market with Holztiger and Ostheimer – a chick and bunny are sure to provide endless, clean fun.
- Avoid plastic and go natural with some wool bunnies and carrots. In fact, search Etsy for any wool felted animal and you may fall in love, and bust your budget.
- Wood Easter eggs may be for you, mama, and not your little one, but I won’t say anything.
- Plant a living Easter basket – fill a basket mostly full wtih peat moss or shredded paper, and top with 1 inch of soil, and sprout some microgreens for a natural Easter basket – that you can actually eat!
- Consider making your own basket with dried grasses and reeds. It isn’t has hard as you may think! If that sounds too complicated, try making a paper basket.
I hope this gave you some quick ideas to limit the candy, as well as the plastic in your Easter baskets this year. Now more than ever, spend this time focusing on what’s most important — your family, being together, and your health, rather than materialism. I know we are all cooped up, so some exciting crafts, games, and puzzles wouldn’t hurt, though.