Fun Easter Basket Traditions (from my book)
Written by on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Easter

As a little Easter gift from Me to You,

I’m sharing one of the ideas from a book I wrote, titled “Creative Family Traditions and Ideas”.

It’s a book full of my own personal, year round family traditions & several decorating ideas too! 

If you’d like to own the entire collection or give it as a gift, it’s available in my SHOP.

Click HERE to check it out. 

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EASTER BASKET FILLERS

I enjoyed the tradition of filling my children’s Easter baskets myself.  And I always kept in mind “Quality, rather than Quantity” when choosing chocolate, and “the great out­doors” when choosing toys.

First, I started buying only a small amount of “quality” chocolate because I found that, rather than a lot of the inexpensive discount store variety, was more appreciated by my children. Also, it worked out to be comparable in price. However, since I decided to “wind up their clocks” with a rare treat of a little sugar and caffeine, I also needed to find a way to channel that energy.

So next, I included a few outdoor toys in their basket. Some traditional favorites were a jump rope, big bottle of bubbles, frisbee, game ball, butterfly net and bug box, kite, slinky, etc. These types of toys encouraged them to play outside and run off the extra sugar-induced energy. Also while the kids played outdoors with their new toys, I was able to finally relax a little, or at least scoop up some of that (evil twin of tinsel)…. Easter grass. LOL

Finally, I always included a small symbol, which repre­sented the true meaning of the season (new life), in their basket; usually a small, stuffed baby bunny or chick.

As a finishing touch, I would wrap their basket in either Easter (design) wrapping paper or tissue. While the “norm” seems to be wrapping baskets in a transparent plastic wrap only, I prefer the wrapping paper or tissue method because it prevents visual snooping thus adding suspense. Wrapping the baskets this way will also give you a few pre­cious seconds to capture those all-too-fleeting moments with your camera.

Helpful Hints:

• If you like the look of shiny plastic wrap, simply add a layer of a transparent plastic over the wrapping paper or tissue.

• Baskets can be a little awkward to wrap, especially when you’re us­ing plastic wrap. A trick I’ve found is to overlap and tape the sides together before attempting to tie the bow around the gathered top portion. This keeps the paper and/or plastic wrap in place and frees up your hands; it also makes adding the ribbons and/or bow much easier.

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Easter Basket Tag

Invest in a permanent gift tag for your child’s Easter basket. There are many ways to do this:

• Find a store that specializes in inexpensive engraved items (check your favorite malls for a national chain store called Things Remembered or look through mail order catalogs such as Lillian Vernon. Look for a gold-tone or silver, Easter-shaped tag (i.e., egg, bunny, etc.) and have it engraved with your child’s name.

• Pick up a small, wooden Easter shape or ornament that can be painted and per­sonalized with a paint pen. This tag could, one day, become a trea­sured ornament on your grandchildren’s Easter Tree.

• My favorite idea for those of you with daughters is to purchase a solid gold or sterling silver charm. A jeweler usually includes engraving ser­vices for free or for a small fee. When your daughter is grown, she can add this special keepsake to her charm bracelet.

BASKET HIDING

If you choose to practice the popular tradition of hiding your child’s Easter basket (for the Easter Bunny of course), good hiding places are behind floor length draperies, doors, furniture or even in a bathtub or shower (be sure to close the shower door or curtain).  As children get older, however, unique hiding places are harder to come by.  A great solution to this is not to find better places to hide the baskets, but new ways to search for them.  Instead of the mad dash through the house, try the treasure hunt method. Make up clues ahead of time on small pieces of paper.  Three to four clues for each child should be plenty and each clue should lead to the hiding place of the next clue.  If your child is very young, you may want to draw or print out simple picture clues instead. Utilize the plastic eggs that pull apart in the middle as clue containers.  {My kids LOVED this!}

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Helpful Hints:
• If you have more than one child hunting, use a different color plastic egg for each child.
• Produce the clues on a computer if possible. That way, your child won’t recognize the Easter Bunny’s handwriting (if you know what I mean). 😉  Print out two copies; one for cutting apart the individual clues and placing them in the plastic eggs, and the other to use as a guide while hiding the eggs.  Now, while you are waiting for your child to fall sound asleep, plan where the first egg and clue will be left. It should be placed or suspended from somewhere near your child’s bed (a shelf, perhaps or from the ceiling above their bed using a strong tape) so they are sure to notice it, when they wake up on Easter morning. Before doing so, tape a note to this egg with the child’s name and the instructions:  OPEN ME FIRST. Whichever place you choose, you will need to determine the length of ribbon (or string) you will need.  Keep in mind, you don’t want the egg to hang too low or too close to your little sleepyhead because it might wake them up if they hit it  while tossing and turning in the middle of the night. Place one end of the ribbon (or string) inside the egg, add the first clue and snap the two pieces of egg back together. Then, on Easter morning, when your child wakes up, they will see the hanging egg and open it to find the first clue of their very own Easter basket hunt. It’s great FUN!  One small caution: I don’t recommend hanging ribbon, string, etc. nor placing plastic eggs where a very young child can reach them and possibly choke on any small parts. While they are young, simply bring the first egg to them, with their clue “picture” inside, when they wake up Easter morning. A good rule of thumb may be to wait until they can read before hanging or placing the egg unattended. However, each child is different, so please decide cautiously and accordingly.

EASTER_Basket Hiding_Boy Asleep     EASTER_Basket Hiding_Boy

I hope you find the time to create your own family traditions too and

if you have some fun Easter basket ideas you wouldn’t mind sharing,

please do… in the COMMENT section below this post.

HAPPY EASTER!

eileen_green

 

 



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