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Every year my mom gets baskets for my kids. This year she let me know she wouldn't be doing it. Normally I complain about how she fills my house with plasticky crap and way too much candy . . .now its in my control . .. and I'm kind of stumped. I want the kids to have a great Easter and be really excited about their baskets and egg hunt . . . . .but I want to put useful things in there that I would otherwise want to get them. Went to Target tonight to get some ideas . . . . wasn't bowling me over . . . . come on ladies . . .bring me your ideas . .. .here are a few ideas I had . .<br><br>
1. bright colored watering cans (they love to "water" everything)<br><br>
2. garden fairy<br><br>
3. shovels (again - they love digging in the yard and our shovel is bent)<br><br>
4. sidewalk chalk<br><br>
5. underwear (3 year olds are potty learning)<br><br>
6. PJs (need cooler PJs for spring/summer)<br><br>
and I want to do an "egg hunt" -- but HATE the candy overload. My idea was plastic eggs (so they look big) with 1 jelly bean in each?<br><br>
Bring me your good ideas . .. I just can't get excited about mine. . .
 

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Children's socks and hairbows fit nicely inside the large plastic eggs. We also put things like stickers and erasers inside them. I also like to give new toothbrushes and little books for the baskets. And for a "treat" I like to make carrot cake. While this isn't something that is super-healthy or can be put in an egg, I feel the carrots, raisins, and cream cheese make it healthier than just a chocolate bunny or jellybeans.
 

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We do egg hunts but with no candy.<br><br>
-Stickers<br>
-Temp Tattoos<br>
-Coins<br>
-Cheddar bunnies (whole foods version of goldfish crackers)<br>
-Joe's Os (TJ's version of Cheerios)<br>
-Raisins<br><br>
I've done for baskets:<br>
-Fruit<br>
-Books<br>
-play dough<br>
-bubbles<br>
-DVD of a favorite show or movie<br>
-Toothbrush<br>
-Balls<br>
-Deck of cards<br>
-Puzzles<br>
-Toy cars
 

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I got two kid sized gardening sets from oriental trading company. I also am going to get some flower and vegetable seeds and fancy sun visors along with gloves. We were planning on planting a flower bed this spring and I know my kids will love having "kid sized" gardening implements.<br><br><a href="http://www.orientaltrading.com/application?namespace=browse&origin=searchMain.jsp&event=link.itemDetails&demandPrefix=12&sku=63/5&mode=Searching&erec=1&D=garden&Ne=90000&Ntt=garden&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&N=377324&sd=Super+Fun+Garden+Set" target="_blank">http://www.orientaltrading.com/appli...Fun+Garden+Set</a><br><br>
Here is a link to the garden set - they are $8.99 and come in a little carry-all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What's wrong with dyed hard boiled eggs for egg hunts? We usually do a big ex-pat egg hunt with some German friends, and everyone brings hard boiled eggs. We pick up a dozen or so of these Kindersorpresa eggs they sell here, which are just a chocolate shell with a little toy inside that you have to put together. So, we try to make it so each kid has one chocolate egg to find, and they all hunt the dyed eggs. AFter all, the hunt is the fun! And, all these kids have a blast even at the end peeling and eating their hard boiled eggs.<br><br>
As for the basket ... lots of good ideas! stickers, erasers, hair bows, maybe a little stuffed animal?
 

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Craft supplies like pom poms, large beads, pipe cleaners curled up, can go in eggs.<br><br>
Growing up, we always hunted hard boiled eggs but ds' first egg hunt when he was three was plastic eggs, so he finds the hard boiled ones disappointing. And he doesn't like crafts much so I can't use my craft supplies idea, lol. He does like glitter glue so that would be a good thing to put in a basket if we weren't already stocked up.
 

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Our Easter baskets have contained:<br>
Mud boots<br>
hair ties<br>
earrings for dd<br>
legos for ds<br>
sunglasses<br>
new swimsuits (if needed)<br>
sand toys<br>
stickers<br>
books about Easter/Spring<br>
tooth brushes<br>
bubbles<br>
jumpropes<br>
coloring books<br>
clay<br>
playdough<br>
stencils<br>
paints<br><br>
we try to do a theme each year... for candy/junk the get<br>
orgnaic jelly beans from teh HF store. And sajaaks vegan chcolate bunnies (1 each) In the eggs we put the jelly beans and some dried fruit and a few coins.
 

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Michaels has a wonderful $1 toy section! I just bought all our Easter basket stuff a couple days ago. I got:<br>
Puzzles<br>
Stickers<br>
Card games - they had crazy 8s, old maid, go fish etc..<br>
modeling clay<br>
Journals with their initials on them<br>
I also plan to get them each a night gown<br><br>
They also had the greatest little things for filling eggs. They had small wood painted egg ornaments and other little wooden figurines and trinkets which are the perfect size to fit in a plastic egg.<br><br>
They had little fuzzy chicks and bunnies which also would fit inside the plastic eggs.
 

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We do a plastic egg hunt filled with tiny "healthier" edibles plus a few jellybeans.<br><br>
For baskets this year I'm adding vegan chocolates that I'll make myself (way cheaper, and I can make cool shapes). I bought some cheapo plastic chocolate and lollipop molds at the craft store, and I've got dark & white vegan chocolate chips to melt and mold.<br><br>
Then I also have a little easter book, pastel toothbrushes shaped like crayons, and Playmobil egg toys that I bought on sale off Amazon last year after Easter was over.
 

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If you want to put things specific for each child in the eggs - like hair barettes for your dd, one trick is to assign a color of egg to each child - so one child hunts for all the blue eggs, etc.
 

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Yeah, but what if you all had a big egg decorating session and he was a little more "invested" in the eggs? Just a thought .... We also used to have money eggs. Some eggs would have an amount of $$ written on them, and there would be 25 cent eggs, and up to the big money egg, which was $5 I think. If you did money eggs, then your child could decide what to go get with it. (probably better for older kids tho.)
 

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Nope, still no good, lol. He hardly likes to even decorate them. This is not a crafty kid. And he is a perfectionist so he thinks most of the eggs the other kids decorate are ugly. He's probably also afraid they might crack and he might touch something mushy (yes even cooked eggs are too mushy). Yeah, he has some minor issues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Money eggs might make it more fun, though.<br><br>
And I like the PP's idea of color coded eggs. I hate having to buy more to ensure the likeliness of all the kids getting a potentially coveted item.
 

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The Easter bunny here brings a new pair of Crocs; A new little toy; Some spring clothes and sorry but.......LOTS of Cadbury mini eggs mostly to be eaten by me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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After a long hard cold winter, EB brings stuff to enjoy in the spring weather. In addition to stuff others have posted, our children have also received sunhats, yard toys like badminton or t-ball sets, maybe a new to us trike or scooter.<br><br>
This year, I was thinking everyone might get a new Kleen Kanteen.<br><br>
Crocs are a good idea, too.
 

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we hide dozens of plastic eggs over and over and over again. empty.<br><br>
for his basket:<br>
one good chocolate bunny.<br>
some dexterity toys<br>
pencils and a book or two.<br><br>
I think this year I'll do the money thing. He has a coin collecting book that we need to fill and would tie in well.<br><br>
I picked up eggs at the dollar store and at the thrift store so we have plenty! and there is a Golden Egg. which will be hid Very Well and have the 'best' prize.<br><br>
Felt eggs could be made, and I was thinking of bringing it in as a project for his preschool class. (though part of me shudders) pre-dyed wool roving, warm soapy water, lots of rubbing and smooshing, cold water rinse.<br>
best wishes,<br>
bryanna
 

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sunglasses<br>
watercolors/paintbrushes<br>
kite<br>
small flower press<br>
compass/ magnifying glass
 

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Books<br>
Small gardening tools<br>
Small boxes (not plastic) with Lindt chocolate in it<br>
Seed packets<br>
Travel sized rain poncho (non stinky)<br>
More books<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This year we got each girl a new Kite<br>
1 chocolate bunny each (Kayleigh gets her non-dairy "special bunny!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
a few jelly beans<br>
a new book each<br>
Bubbles<br>
coloring books and crayons<br>
and hair clips and headbands.
 

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For your 5 year old, I'd recommend some fun stationary. My girls could write notes to each other all day, and fun stationary seems to make it MUCH more fun. (My younger dd isn't really writing, but she still likes it)<br><br>
LOVE the mud boot idea!<br><br>
ZM
 
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