Junk Free Easter Baskets

The Easter Bunny Is On His Way

Hopefully, he’s planning to leave behind junk free Easter Baskets for the kiddo’s.  Easter is just around the corner although, didn’t we just finish Valentine’s Day?  And just before that, New Year’s and just before that Christmas?  Oh, and let’s not forget St. Patrick’s Day.  If you have kids, you’re riding that struggle bus with me, aren’t you?  Everywhere we turn, it’s another celebration with brightly colored candy, cookies, cupcakes, and any other treats you can think of.  If you’ve read my post about harmful food additives to avoid, you know I despise artificial food coloring.  You may not be able to control the school, church and various other community events but you can decide what YOUR Easter Bunny is bringing.

I hate to be “that debbie downer” mom but I can’t get my head around trading candy for trinkets either.  I know you could hit up Oriental Trading or the Dollar Store for all kinds of cheap trinkets to put in the eggs or baskets or for class parties but then what happens to those things?  They get played with or used for a day and then end up in a landfill somewhere.  I’m kinda sorta not ok with that either.  When my kids were younger, the eggs would be filled with things like graham crackers and cheddar bunny crackers.  The Rabbit has also been known to leave coins in the eggs.  How can you help the Rabbit leave behind junk free Easter Baskets?

I’m sharing all my secrets based on what the Rabbit leaves at our house.  My kids have actually been using the same Easter baskets they’ve had since they were babies so they are a bit tattered and torn but hey, they’re still functional and get the job done.  Yes, my daughter is 10 and has an Elmo basket.  Instead of the plastic grass, we use shredded filler paper (like for gift bags) and that’s held up pretty well over the years.  We were using the same plastic eggs we’ve been using for probably 10 years but last year, the Rabbit didn’t leave eggs behind for the kids to find, just a few treats in their baskets.  You gotta cut the cord at some time, right!?!  I remember growing up, even after I knew the secrets of the Rabbit, my Easter Basket still arrived every year.

healthier candy, stuffed bunny, chalk

For the aesthetics of the picture, I went with a basket I use for display.

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Junk Free Easter Baskets

“Healthier” Candy

If you have school-aged children, I doubt you can get away with non-candy Easter Baskets.  It was easy when they were young and even somewhat into pre-school but once they hit elementary school, there was no way the Rabbit wasn’t leaving some candy.  Instead of the brightly colored, chemical-filled candy, opt for something healthier, I mean it’s still candy so you do need to put the brakes on at some point.

My kids love these:

    • Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups and Mini Cups
    • Yum Earth Lollipops
    • Ocho Candy Eggs in Peanut Butter and Caramel
    • Surf Sweets Jelly Beans
    • Annie’s Gummy Bunnies

Non-Candy

Spring Break is here (depending on when Easter falls) and summer is just around the corner which means, it’s time for road trips and vacations.  Definitely, something to keep in mind when advising the Rabbit about what to leave behind for the kiddo’s.

  • Toxin Free Nail Polish
  • card games
  • jump rope
  • sidewalk chalk
  • bubbles
  • gift cards
  • funny socks
  • flip flops
  • sunglasses
  • Lego’s – small sets or mini figurines
  • books
  • stuffed animals
  • DVD’s
  • coloring books and markers/pencils/crayons
  • small travel games

Some of our favorites:

 

Holidays don’t have to be filled with high fructose corn syrup and artificial food coloring.  My kids want candy and sugar and all that jazz just like the next kid but there are better choices.  If you have a child who is sensitive to chemical dyes and preservatives, I’m sure you’re over the moon to find fantastic trades for the more mainstream candies.

My kids have never been much into dyeing eggs for Easter, I think we tried it once or twice but it never became a tradition.  There are some fabulous natural dyes as well as homemade dyes you can make from foods.  I’ve dedicated a Board on Pinterest to Easter, I’d love to help inspire your Easter.

My kids are 10 and 12 now.  I like to balance out the candy with some fun, practical things but let’s keep in mind, this isn’t a birthday or Christmas so there’s no need to go nuts.  I mean, seriously, how much can a rabbit realistically carry on his or her back?  July 4th will be here before you know it.  It’s pretty much Halloween already, at least if you work at Hobby Lobby.  I’m sure they already have their Halloween decorations in the warehouse.

 

What’s the Rabbit leaving behind at your house?  Hopefully not rabbit pellets 🙂

~ Heather

basket filled with organic candy, sidewalk chalk and stuffed bunny

 

 

 

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