Fill your children’s Easter baskets with fun and healthy toys and snacks that represent all things spring. The Examiner Parenting Panel has searched out and reviewed the latest quality Easter treats without the artificial sweets for a creative, healthy and inspiring Easter basket for children of all ages. We have found the best trending toys, classic toys, natural and organically sweetened treats along with a couple fun and functional gifts that are sure to make your kids happy and egg-cited!
Brambles Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal
Every traditional Easter basket needs a bunny! Sweet Brambles Bunny is a high-quality, realistic stuffed bunny that kids will love to play with for years. This little guy is soft and cuddly and created with attention to detail for $14.99 from Melissa & Doug.
StickerKid wall decals
StickerKid has a variety of fun, customizable labels and wall decals for kids. The Parenting Panel pick for Easter baskets is the adorable bird house decal that sings of spring! The decal is easy to apply and remove from doors and walls and looks beautiful. The bird house can be personalized with your child’s name and costs $29.95.
Ella’s Kids apple and cinnamon multigrain puffs
For sweet treats for toddlers, try some of the latest recipes from Ella’s Kitchen. They specialize in USDA organic foods for ages four months and older that are as tasty as they are healthy. They have elevated toddler food from applesauce and mushy peas to “Nibbly Fingers” made from mangoes and carrots to the Yum Yummy Milk + Vanilla toddler cookies. The Easter bunny prefers the Apples, Carrots and Parsnips recipe and the Examiner Parenting Panel fell hardest for the apple and cinnamon multigrain puffs. The naturally-sweetened goodies are also available in gluten-free and lactose-free selections and the colorful packaging will be sure to brighten your basket.
Earth’s Best organic food pouch
Earth’s Best Organic foods contain no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or added salts and offer a variety of food for children of all ages. The puree pouches are perfect for an Easter basket. They come in a resealable pouch and in a wide variety of unique flavors to develop babies palate. Traditional flavors include banana blueberry and apple peach oatmeal. There are also SUPER pouches that are packed full of super foods as well as a wonderful line of pouches called World. The World pouches offer savory combinations from around the world (chicken risotto and portabello mushroom from Italy, etc.) that will broaden children’s flavor profiles. They also offer healthy snacks including cereal bars and freeze dried veggies along with gluten free meals for kids.
Misty White Unicorn Stuffed Animal
For an Easter Basket filled with fantasy, Misty the White Unicorn will be the ideal centerpiece. She is well made with weighted sparkly hooves and beautiful details by Melissa & Doug for $14.99. She is incredibly soft and cuddly and perfect for children of all ages.
Happy Giddy Bowling Set
The Happy Giddy Bowling Set is brightly colored with six pins that look like caterpillars, just waiting to be played with. The game can be played indoors or out, helping children to develop gross motor skills regardless of the weather outside. It is designed for children 2 years and older and costs $19.99 from Melissa and Doug.
Custom Crayola personalized Easter boxes
The new Crayola My Way line allows you to personalize a box of 8 or 64 crayons or a custom art case. Customization options include your child’s name, image, theme, and even the colors of the crayons in the box! There are a variety of cute designs for Easter that are sure to make a memorable basket colorful and unique as well as other customizable boxes including birthdays, first day of school and holidays. The Crayola My Way boxes are the same quality as the sturdy traditional Crayola boxes with clear images, bright colors and even a built in sharpener on the 64 count box.
Play-Doh Town play system
Newly released for Spring 2016, the Play-Doh Town is a play system that includes a fun line of Play-Doh play sets that all work together for boundless play. Choose from the firehouse, fire truck, pet shop, police officer with his bike, a hairdresser, pizza boy, ice cream truck or road worker to start and grow your collection. Children’s imaginations will soar as they create their own personal town with their playsets and Play-Doh compound. Play-Doh town is recommended for children 3 years and older.
Slice & Sort Wooden Eggs
Slice & Sort Wooden Eggs are the perfect Easter eggs. They will last for years without ever going bad and are colorful……on the inside! The set of six eggs come with different yolk colors-red, orange, green, blue and purple and can be separated with the wooden knife included, mixed up and stuck back together again. Children can explore colors and fractions while developing fine motor skills and imagination. They are recommended for children 3 and older and cost $9.99.
FurReal Friends Luvimals collection
Flappers is a cute little chick in the FurReal Friends Luvimals collection who can sing in harmony with the other members. Just press the button on her back and listen to her serenade you! The Luvimals are small toys that can fit in your palm, making them easy for on-the-go entertainment. They cost $9.99 and take 2 button batteries. They are recommended for children 4 and up as they do have small parts that are a choking hazard.
Rock the Locks all-natural hair care
Rock the Locks is a non-aerosol line of natural hair products made without harsh chemicals by two moms looking for healthier options for their kids’ hair. The line includes “So Fresh and So Clean” Shampoo + Conditioner Spray, “Not So Knotty” Detangler, “Stylin’ and Profilin’”flex gel spray, “No Bizzy Frizzy” anti-frizz spray and “Curls Wanna Have Fun” Curl Boost Spray. The products smell fruity and are created with essential oils and organic ingredients leaving out sulfates and parabens. The packaging is fun and colorful, making it our number one pick for a “fun”ctional Easter basket gift.
Bella Butterfly Picnic Set
The Bella Butterfly Picnic Set is an adorable picnic basket that includes a dishwasher-safe place settings for four, including plates, cutlery and flower-shaped plates. The picnic basket can even substitute for a traditional Easter basket if you like! It is very sturdy and can easily hold up for trips to the beach or the zoo, etc. It is made of a heavy material that stands up on its own with mesh pockets inside that make it easy to organize and have plenty of room for snacks. The picnic set is recommended for ages 5 and up and costs $29.99.
Sega Toys Homestar Planetarium
The spring weather may not allow for outdoor stargazing but your family can still enjoy the experience with the new Homestar Planetarium by Sega Toys. The new planetarium uses the same technology as science museums to create 60,000 stars on your ceiling or wall at home. Takayuki Ohira holds the world record for creating technology to show the most stars with the Megastar Planetarium. Ohira wanted to bring that same universe into peoples’ homes, letting them finally see the countless stars that are masked by light pollution or that aren’t visible to the naked eye. The planetarium can be used as a night light with an auto shut off switch, to study the constellations and to create a love and respect for the universe. Watch close-you just might see a shooting star! The Homestar Planetarium costs $149 and is recommended for children 6 and older.