Easter Basket Fillers for Toddlers

The PERFECT Easter Basket “formula”, plus OVER 20 Easter basket themes for 2-5 year olds!

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Have no clue what you want to put in your kids’ Easter baskets this year? Check out these simple, themed Easter basket fillers for toddlers, preschoolers, and even young elementary-aged kids!

Keep reading to discover my Easter basket “formula” that takes the guess-work and stress out of making Easter baskets!

Toddler easter baskets

Where does the Easter Basket tradition come from?

Read a more in depth explanation here, but it’s believed by many that in the 1600s, as a part of the celebration of Eostre (a pagan fertility goddess), German protestants started telling their children that a hare (a pagan symbol of fertility) would bring colored eggs to well-behaved children.

Thus began the setting out of make-shift “nests” that turned into baskets and Peeps and all things that we now consider big parts of America’s commercial Easter!

Should we as Christians give Easter baskets to our Children?

Clearly, the Easter basket tradition is not a Christian tradition.

There are SO many things in our culture that started off as pagan traditions, but are now simply a part of our modern celebrations.

Unless your conscience prohibits it, I think it’s fine for us, as Christians, to give Easter baskets to our kids.

While I don’t think giving our kids Easter baskets is bad, I want to make sure to emphasize the TRUE meaning of Easter- Jesus’ death and resurrection- rather than simply defaulting to our culture’s commercial and secular celebrations of Easter.

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COMING SOON: Check out this post on how to make Christ the focus of your Easter celebration with young kids!

As Christians, we know that Easter isn’t about Eostre, or spring, or fertility, but is IS about NEW LIFE and RESURRECTION. The resurrection of Jesus Christ and the WAY he made for us when he rose again.

Message me if you’re interested in hearing about Jesus, or watch the video below to learn more about what Christians REALLY celebrate on Easter.

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What are the best baskets for toddler Easter baskets?

It does NOT matter what you use for Easter baskets for your kids!

You can grab a cheap one from the Dollar Store, or Wal-mart, or if you want, purchase a nicer one when your kids are little for them to use as long as you fill their Easter basket. haha!

Here are a few cute Easter baskets for toddlers:

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

Canvas Easter Basket

We happen to have ones similar to these that my mother bought when I was pregnant with my first. They’re sturdy and I think they’ll last a long time! Plus, they’re cute!

Easter Basket Ideas for Preschoolers

Personalized bunny basket

It’s not my style to personalize things, but I (shockingly) think Easter baskets are cute personalized!

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Fluffy Bunny Easter Basket

This one is SO cute and fluffy! My daughter would love it!

(Is it practical for hunting Easter eggs? Probably not, but LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS!! haha!)

Easter Basket Ideas for 3 year olds

Cotton Seersucker Bunny Ears Basket

I LOVE THIS ONE, TOO! Put ears on anything and I’m in love! Plus seersucker in the spring? Sold!

Once again, it doesn’t really matter what Easter basket you use, and your kids certainly won’t care!

However, sometimes it is fun to buy something cute like those baskets above! Especially if you want to be able to reuse it over and over again!

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What should you put in Easter baskets for toddlers or preschoolers?

NOW TO THE FUN PART: filling the Easter baskets!!!

HOW DOES ONE FILL AN EASTER BASKET FOR A TODDLER OR PRESCHOOLER?

There are a few ways to go about this, and none are “right”. YOU DO YOU.

However, since this is a blog post about filling Easter baskets, I’ll show you how I like to do it!

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The BEST Easter Basket “formula”

I don’t like a lot of excess “stuff” in my house, so I don’t want to fill a basket with random things my kids don’t really need. Instead, I’ll stick to a certain number of items for the basket, and each item has a “category”.

Here’s my formula for filling a 2-5 year old’s Easter basket:

  1. Book
  2. Toy or Clothing Item
  3. Consumable/ Activity
  4. Food/Candy

To make it extra fun, choose a “theme” for the basket!

Something they’re really into at the moment: like bugs, barn animals, or dinosaurs!

For extra fun and to get your mind rolling (or to do the work for you!), I’ve put together some themed toddler Easter basket ideas for you!

Most of these follow my “Easter basket formula”, but some do not. Feel free to veer from the formula for your Easter baskets, it’s just a starting place!

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“Spring is here!” Easter basket

I love Easter baskets with a “springy” theme!

This basket will have your toddler ready for spring in no time!

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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

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Rain jacket

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Rain boots

Bunny Rabbit Easter Basket

Bunnies have become a huge part of the commercial Easter celebration.

Use the prevalence of bunnies around this time of year to teach your toddler about real bunnies.

Window clings and stickers are always a hit with my kids, and, BONUS, you can throw them away in a few days/weeks when they’re tired of them!

Add in a chocolate bunny, some Peeps, or these bunny crackers and you’re all set!

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“Hop, Bunny”

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Stuffed Bunny

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Bunny Stickers or Window Clings

Egg-y Easter Basket

Eggs and Easter baskets just go together!

You could also throw in some plastic eggs filled with small candies or snacks, as well as a Cadbury or Reese egg. YUMMOO!!!

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“Egg”

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Foam egg craft

Weather Easter basket

Your toddler’s Easter basket is the perfect way to teach them about something they’re interested in, or something you want them to know!

We recently purchased this book about weather and it’s AWESOME!! Pairing it with a “weather station” would be an awesome way to teach your toddler more about weather!

For candy for this basket, put in some marshmallows (clouds), and a Reese cup (sun). If your child can eat them safely, these blue jelly beans could stand in for rain!

(For the record, I’m SO not the mom who matches candy to the basket… but it’s fun for me to think of ideas for it, so here we are! haha! If you’re me, throw in some Reese cups into any basket and you’re golden! haha!)

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“All About Weather”

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Rainbow Stacker

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Weather Station

Bird-Watching Easter Basket

Get your kids outside by getting them interested in birds!

Learn to bird-watch together!

My 3 year old son LOVES binoculars; I bet he would LOVE THIS!

Pair this basket with some Peeps!

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“Bird-Watch: What will you find?”

non-candy easter basket ideas for toddlers

Binoculars

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Paint-your-own Birdhouse

Flowers Easter Basket

A flower basket is SUCH a fun spring theme for a toddler’s Easter basket!

These flower suckers go perfect with this basket!

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“From Seed to Plant”

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Realistic Flower Figurines

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Flower-planting kit

Butterflies Easter Basket

All toddlers I know love looking at caterpillars and butterflies!

Add in some gummy worms to stand in as caterpillars and your older toddler will love it!

(gummy candies can be choking hazards so use caution when giving them to your kids!)

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“From Caterpillar to Butterfly”

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Realistic Butterfly Figurines

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Butterfly Growing Kit

Bug-lover Easter Basket

These are for your bug-loving kids!

Y’ALL, when trying to find “bug candy” I found THESE!!! PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY GIVING REAL BUG SUCKERS TO THEIR CHILDREN…… WHAT????? HAHA! I know people eat bugs, but I’m NOT into that! I bet kids would think they were cool though!

THIS bug candy is more my speed, but you do what you want!

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“The Backyard Bug Book”

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Realistic Bug Figurines

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Bug-Catching Kit

Barnyard Easter Basket

Both of my toddlers LOVE their animal figurines, these Peek-A-Flap books, and the reusable puff stickers!

These together would make such a cute barnyard-themed Easter basket!

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Peek-A-Flap Moo

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Realistic Farm Animal Figurines

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Melissa and Doug Puffy Sticker Farm

Beach-ready Easter Basket

Last year I filled my kids’ Easter baskets with a few practical things I knew they would need for warm weather!

I LOVE the chin straps on these sun hats!

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“Ocean Life”

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Hooded Beach towel

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Sun hat

Outdoor Fun Easter basket

With spring coming, we are starting to be able to spend more hours outside!

Bubbles, bubble wands, and sidewalk chalk are ALWAYS a hit at our house! Pair those with a cute spring book like the one below- and you have yourself a super cute outdoor fun Easter basket for your toddlers!

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“And Then It’s Spring”

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Bubble wands and Bubbles

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Sidewalk Chalk

Gardening Easter Basket

THIS BOOK is just the BEST!

If your kid loves to play in the dirt, this Easter basket theme is where it’s at!

We found our small gardening tools at Aldi a few summers ago, but I bet you could find them at a lot of different places when spring begins!

Purchase a plant at a local store, or buy this kit, and get outdoors with your kids this spring!

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“Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt”

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Gardening Tools for kids

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“We Love Soccer”

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Toddler-sized Soccer Ball

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Soccer shirt

Numbers Easter Basket

Don’t stress about teaching your toddler or preschooler tons of academic concepts, but gentle exposure is a good thing!

We LOVE these Poke-A-Dot books! There are SO many cute ones to choose from! They’re really good at helping kids with one-to-one correspondence (a fancy education word that means pointing to one object at a time as they count). And my daughter LOVES the popping noise the books make!

These foam numbers and letters can be used in sensory bins or as bath toys! They’re super fun and versatile!

I LOVE this number tracing board! Your child can use their finger (or a wooden dowel) to trace each number, while putting an object in each hole to help them equate the numeral with the amount it represents!

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“Poke-A-Dot: 10 Little Monkeys”

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Foam Numbers (and letters)

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Number tracing board

Letters Easter Basket

Once again, we LOVE these Poke-a-Dot books!

My kids also really enjoy magnets of any kind, and I love these name puzzles for sweet, personalized Easter baskets!

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“Poke-A-Dot: An Alphabet Spy”

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Magnetic Wooden Alphabet

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Wooden Name Puzzle

Colors Easter Basket

This basket has an awesome book, sorting bears, and STICKERS! What more could you ask for!?

We LOVE these sorting bears for toddlers and preschoolers! Sorting is a great skill for young kids to master: have your toddler sort by size or color!

You can use them in the future to work on SO many things like patterns, counting, addition, SO MANY THINGS!

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“Poke-A-Dot: What’s Your Favorite Color?”

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Rainbow Counting/Sorting Bears

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Sticker Early Learning: Colors

Shapes Easter Basket

Get these Easter basket fillers if you want to introduce or review shapes with your toddler!

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“Shapes”

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Wooden Shape Puzzle

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Sticker Early Learning: Shapes

Little Chef Easter Basket

My kids love to help me in the kitchen!

If you want to get your child in the kitchen, fill their baskets with things for them to use in the kitchen with you!

Toddlers can do SO much more than we think they can! Mine love chopping, spreading, cracking eggs, stirring, pouring, and sprinkling all kinds of things!

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“Eating the Alphabet”

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Nylon Toddler Knives and cutting board

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Toddler Apron

Play-Doh Easter Basket

I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t like Play-Doh!

We LOVE these kits from Melissa and Doug to use with ours! Your toddler can practice cutting, rolling, and stamping the Play-Doh- these are all great hand-strengthening activities! Hand strength is important for writing!

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Play-Doh

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Melissa and Doug clay modeling kit

Dinosaur Easter Basket

My son (and his friends) LOVE dinosaurs!

We have and love all three of these!

Use the magnets on the fridge, or in the car on a cookie sheet!

Use the small figurines in a sensory bin, as counters, or just for play! There are so many possibilities with both of them!

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“O Say Can You Say Din-o-saur?”

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Dinosaur magnets

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Mini Dinosaur Figurines

Fireman Easter Basket

These fireman Easter basket fillers are sure to be a big win with any toddler!

We LOVE walking by the fire station (and sometimes, if we are lucky, a fireman or two will come out and give my kids their own fire helmets!).

Teach your child about firemen and what they do for us by putting these in your toddler’s Easter basket this year!

(You can adapt this Easter basket to any community helper your child is interested in!)

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“The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse”

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Fireman uniform and accessories

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Die-Cast fire truck

Bath-time Fun Easter Basket

My toddler hasn’t always loved bath time.

But now he does! HOORAY!

WE LOVE bath paint, bubble bath, AND any books by Mo Willems!

These Easter basket fillers would be SO fun for any child, and maybe even HELPFUL if they are struggling with bath time!

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“The Pigeon Needs a Bath”

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Bath paint

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Bubble Bath

Princess Easter Basket

Princesses.

Love them or hate them, they’re everywhere! Haha!

And, most little girls love them!

Pick one princess and theme your child’s Easter basket around her (Elsa or Moana, anyone?).

Or, like this basket, just have a general princess/dress-up themed Easter basket!

There are so many possibilities!

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“5-Minute Princess Stories”

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Princess accessories and/or Tutus for playing dress up

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Paint with Water: Princess

Construction-themed Easter Basket

This is my son all-day, every-day.

If it’s construction, building, excavators, dump trucks, cranes, fork lifts… he’s into it!

We LOVE this book series by Sally Sutton. GET THEM ALL!

And my son plays with his tool box every.single.day.

We also LOVE these puff stickers by Melissa and Doug (these are great car, doctor, church activities for when you need your kid to stay quiet and seated!).

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“Construction”

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Toddler Tool Set

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Vehicles Puff Sticker Activity Set

Final thoughts on Easter Baskets for Toddlers and Preschoolers

I hope these themed toddler and preschooler Easter baskets were helpful!

Hopefully they’ve given you some fun ideas as to what you could fill your kids’ Easter baskets with!

Remember, we give good gifts to our children because we are loved by a God who gives good gifts to us! Easter isn’t about these gifts, it’s about the Christ of Easter.

Lots of love,

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The PERFECT Easter Basket “formula”, plus OVER 20 Easter basket themes for 2-5 year olds!

Hey, it's Anna! I'm a teacher-turned-SAHM of two young kids. I love to research all things parenting and kid-related and share them on here.

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