15 Toddler Easter Basket Ideas (that aren’t candy!)

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Skip the sugar rush and the plastic junk in your toddler Easter basket. We rarely give Malcolm candy/chocolate in our house. It’s a rare treat for him when he gets a few M&Ms or a bite of a cookie. Holidays like Easter & Halloween that have become very candy centric, we need to get a little more creative.

These toddler Easter basket ideas are aimed at younger toddlers and may not work for older kids. This list is what works for our little guy who has some developmental delays so even though he is 3 years old, he can’t walk or talk yet. The toys we do get for him are usually aimed for 12-18 month olds as that is what he finds stimulating and can play well with for the moment, so adapt them to your own child as needed.

Some of these are more practical, some are more fun. Obviously he won’t get everything on this list- this is more of an inspiration list. We also don’t want to spend too much money or fill our house with plastic trinkets that just fill up the landfill. We find a lot of these things at the dollar store or grocery store, but these links are for Amazon for your convenience. Some of these are small enough to fit into a regular Easter egg, and some are bigger so we just hide or wrap them. So here are the ideas we use to fill the Easter basket and have a fun hunt!

For More Easter Ideas check out: Easter Basket Ideas for Adults, Easter Bunny Wreath, Easter Cocktails, Paper Easter Eggs, 3D Paper Easter Bunny, Mini Egg Fudge, Mini Egg Macarons, 3D Easter Sugar Cookies, Mini Egg Banana Bread

Toddler Easter Basket Ideas:

Dino Egg Bath Bombs and Hooded Towel
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2. Bubbles, Bubble Gun, or Big Bubble Wand
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3. Play Doh, Play Foam, Modelling Sand, Water Beads or Slime
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4. Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Books/Markers or Water Paint Colouring Books
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5. Chalk – I like these ones for toddlers because they are easier to grab and use
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6. Squishy Balls, Stringy Balls, Squeeze Balls, Stretchy Sticks
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7. Glow Sticks – If you want to do a glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt simply crack a glow stick into each egg. Or have a super fun glow in the dark bath!
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8. Easter T shirt, Pjs, or socks (if you have a girl, hair accessories or headbands would also be cute!)
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9. Easter themed Books
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10. Temporary Tattoos
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11. Toys – He usually gets one bigger toy or stuffy
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12. Sand Toys- We don’t have many beaches around here, but our little guy loves sand boxes!
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13. Musical Instruments- We got this set for Christmas and we LOVE it, he reaches for it all the time and it’s the perfect developmental level for Malcolm. He is able to grab and shake most of them and is just learning to blow the whistles!
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14. Magnets, Velcro & Bristles – Malcolm has some “buckle & zipper” toys, but he can’t quite understand them yet- these grab and stick and pull apart activities would be really good for him
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15. SPLURGE: Pop up tunnel and ball pit!
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Other practical ideas that may work for your toddler include: Fun Band-aids, Water bottle, New Toothbrush, Face Masks (for COVID reasons), Underwear, Puzzle, School Supplies, Healthy Snacks like trail mix, or Money (Loonies & Twoonies are fun to find!).

Comment Below what goes in your toddler’s Easter basket!

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