Cut down on the sugar your kids get with these non-candy (but so fun!) Easter basket ideas.
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32 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
Easter baskets for kids are so fun to put together, but they can pack a serious sugar high. Here are some great ideas for non-candy Easter egg fillers and basket items to get your kids active outside and engage their creative brains.
Easter Basket Ideas for Outdoor Play
If the weather is good, enjoy your Easter Sunday outside. Or if it’s still cold (most likely where I live!) build anticipation for warmer days.
- Sidewalk chalk. This egg- and chick-shaped sidewalk chalk is perfect for Easter.
- Rain boots. They come in so many cute styles for all kids and are fun to wear, especially on warm and rainy days.
- Kite. A big kite is always fun, but a smaller, cheaper kite is also fun for outside play on Easter.
- Water Bottle. Give each kid their own water bottle in their favorite color.
- Frisbee. Try a soft frisbee for little kids and full-size disc for older kids. There are many outdoor toys available right now that your kids can use to play with each other.
- Badminton Set. This is an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy! If you already have a set, we can help you make Cornhole boards. (Add just the bean bags to the Easter basket.)
- Jump rope. This rainbow jump rope would be perfect for Easter!
For more outdoor play fun you can build, see our tutorials for DIY Yardzee Dice Game and Giant Pallet-Wood Dominoes
Easter Basket Ideas for Swimming Fun
Maybe it’s already warm where you live or just get your kids excited about family trips to the pool or beach with a couple of swimming-themed Easter basket gifts!
- New swimwear. You’ll probably need to buy new ones for your growing kids every year anyway, so why not include kids’ swimwear in their Easter basket to make them a little more special?
- Pool and beach toys. You could even use a sand bucket as the Easter basket!
- Sunglasses. Look for a protective pair that your kid can wear all spring and summer. Sunglasses are a great Easter basket idea for teens, too! My teenagers love their glasses from Goodr.
- Hat. A cute beach hat or a fun baseball cap would fit well in an Easter basket!
- Sunscreen. If it’s their special sunscreen and only for them, they’ll be more inclined to wear it!
- Towels. Your kids will love a personalized beach towel!
- Water gun. Tiny water guns or a bigger, powerful water gun are both fun Easter basket ideas.
- Water shoes. Great for natural water swimming holes or just the backyard or local swimming pool, protect their feet with kids’ water shoes.
- Flip flops. Everyone needs at least a pair!
Try out these water fun ideas for kids!
Arts and Crafts Easter Basket Ideas
Flex your kids’ artistic muscles by including arts and crafts in their Easter basket! This is also a great opportunity to restock any art tools that you might be running out of.
- Stickers. Animal and floral stickers are perfect for spring. This Easter Sticker Book is pretty awesome.
- Play clay. Little ones will love creating and re-creating with colorful Play-doh and older kids might enjoy modeling clay for creating something more permanent.
- Stamps. Check out this self-inking, customizable stamp your kids will love!
- Art Organizer Bag. Keep their art items tidy and accessible with this adorable art bag.
- Crayons. If you’re up for some DIY, make these cute Easter crayons! You’ll need a silicone mold and lots of broken crayons.
Get help keeping all their artwork organized and protected: 10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids’ Artwork
Easter Basket Ideas for the Garden
- Seeds. Give your kids some fruit or vegetable seeds to plant in your garden or in their own pot at home. Or you could give them some flower seeds to plant in your yard to improve your curb appeal.
- Gardening tools: shears, gloves, spade, fork, etc. Young kids will love these tools and play happily in the dirt, while older kids can use them to plant and take care of the seeds that you give them.
- Pots. You could give them a couple of small pots and some paint (to decorate the pots) along with some dirt and seeds for a complete gardening gift that they’ll love finding in their Easter basket.
Other ways to grow cool stuff:
- Chia pet. A great introduction to the wonders of growing a plant, chia pets come in so many shapes you’re sure to find a great one!
- Mini Garden. This dinosaur version would be so fun as would a DIY fairy garden!
Don’t miss: 25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids
Other Ideas for the Easter Basket
Here are some extra non-candy ideas for the Easter basket!
- Kids cookbook and an apron. For the budding cook! This Big, Fun Cookbook is highly rated and a handmade apron will last a long time!
- Cookies in a jar. Include all the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe. Our Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies would be perfect. (Hey, cookies aren’t candy….. 🙂
- Board game or card game. Spot It! is great for all ages and it’s perfectly sized for an Easter basket! Uno Flip has been great for big and little kids can enjoy together.
- Mad Libs. Try Easter Eggstravaganza for older kids or Have a Silly Easter for younger kids.
- Kid’s Tent. Try our new-sew one-hour DIY version!
- Flashlight. Include batteries in their new flashlights so they can start using them right away. My kids love their headlamps.
- Books. Add a great bedtime book to go along with a flashlight. Or check out Scholastic’s Booklists by Age for help choosing something perfect for each of your kids.
- Money. The gift that always fits. Fold your dollars into bunnies for even more fun.
For more Easter and Spring ideas and tips, check out
- Top 10 Easter Crafts Kids Will Love
- Egg Dyeing Basics – 5 Tips for Your Best Easter Eggs Ever
- How to Make Deviled Eggs
- 23 Spring Porch Inspirations
- Printable Spring Cleaning Yard Work Chore Bingo
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Originally published 03.18.2015 // Updated 02.26.2021