This spring, we are celebrating HOPE. Though we are certainly not yet back to “normal,” whatever that looks like, we have all gone through a collective experience the last year that has us looking ahead with excitement and anticipation toward warmer temperatures, an increasingly safer public health environment, and with a new sense of HOPE for the coming months and year. For many families, assembling an Easter Basket of treats and goodies for your kids (no matter how old they are!) is a great way to symbolize that hope for rebirth, renewal, and growth.
Awesome Easter Basket Ideas!
There are plenty of options online to make a fantastic Easter Basket to make the holiday feel special for your kids, both from easy-to-order online sources and from local small businesses and brands. Want to amp it up even more? Check out our list of local Egg Hunts and other Easter Activities to see if you want to hope into an event this spring! Want to keep it close to home? Hide the baskets in your yard or around the house.
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Easter Basket Goodies for Pre-K Kiddos
- Lovey from Baby Jack & Co – We are particularly fond of the Milwaukee City Lovey (and they aren’t just for babies!)
- Crayola Modeling Clay
- 2-pack of Kids’ Headphones
- A creativity box from Wonder Box! Milwaukee-based brand with adorable play dough kits that will keep your kids focused and entertained while building their creativity.
- Sidewalk Chalk – Decorate your driveway or sidewalk to bring encouragement and smiles to all who pass
- Kwik Stix Paint Sticks – These quick-drying paint sticks are seriously so amazing and this set includes every color a kiddo could dream of!
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick – adorable read-aloud book perfect for springtime!
- Little Blue Truck’s Springtime – this book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
- Let’s Share Stories – Books about inclusion and the beauty of diversity by local author Shawnta Smith Sayner
- When God Made the World – One of the most gorgeous children’s books of the last year with impressive inclusivity and a wonderful message
- Water Beads for Sensory Play
- Play-Doh Variety Pack
- Kinetic Sand
- Glo Pals – Light-up blocks that illuminate when submerged in water! Try with bath-time to make it super-fun!
- Melissa and Doug Puzzles
- Transformer Rescue Bots Team
- Robot Action Figures for Learning Numbers
- Do a Dot Rainbow Dot Markers
- Washable Bath Paints and Crayons
- Finger Puppet Set
Looking to level up? Book a visit from the Easter Bunny himself PLUS your child’s favorite princess or a private play session with our friends at Fairytale Birthday Company!
Easter Bunny deliveries are also available from Little Sprouts Play Cafe and have a variety of options to choose from!
Easter Basket Goodies for Elementary Age Kiddos
- Books, books and more books! Buy locally from Boswell Books or Niche Book Bar!
- Garden Kit for Kids from Scales Family Farm
- Card Games – Some favorites for bigger kids are UNO, Exploding Kittens, Bears vs. Babies, and You’ve Got Crabs
- Harry Potter Origami Activity Book
- Easter Eggstravaganza Mad-Libs Book
- Awesome Science Experiments for Kids – over 100 experiments they can mess around with that you can call “Science Class”
- Giant Bubble Pouches – for kids to get outside and blow bubbles bigger than they are
- LEGO – These timeless building blocks are a great go-to for elementary kiddos that grown-ups have just as much fun with.
- Puzzles! Puzzles are really having a moment thanks to the increased time spent at home, so find one that you can work on together that is challenging and interesting to you both.
- Bop It! Game
- Jump Rope
- Erasable gel pens – combine with a journal and encourage kids to record memories of this unique time!
- FitBit Ace2 – Get that activity in with this fun fitness tracker for kids!
- Pez dispenses are a fun little keepsake!
- Candy – If sweet treats are your style, now is a great time to hook them up because you can steal them later.
- Kid’s Electric Toothbrush – Helps your kids develop healthy brushing habits and the timer makes it easy and fun
- NERF Aero Flyer – these things really soar!
- Raddish Kids Monthly Cooking Club Kits – monthly culinary fun delivered right to your doorstep!
- Kindle Kids Edition – This device has been a life-saver for keeping our big kids reading and exploring new books!
Easter Basket Goodies for Middle School Kiddos (and older!)
- Weighted Blanket – To help with the increased anxiety at times like this!
- Favorite popcorn mix from Milwaukee-based Lush Popcorn
- Noise Cancelling Headphones
- Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch – adorable game rated E (for everyone!) that can help kids connect with their friends when they can’t see them in person
- Journal + Fantastic Gel Pens
- Fun Animal Face Masks – Have a hilarious spa night with face masks that look like a panda, cheetah, unicorn, and more!
- Caboodles are back and we are HERE. FOR. IT.
- Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera
- Ginormous bag of M&Ms
- Got a gamer? Grab them a gift card for the Playstation Store, the Xbox Shop, or Nintendo eShop! They can use it for everything from game downloads to a new Fortnite skin.
- Gift Cards to Local Shops: The Waxwing, Sparrow Collective, MOD GEN
- Movie Tickets – because the movie theaters are opening back up and we ALL miss movies! Want to level up? Reserve a private theater at Silverspot Cinema or Marcus Theaters!
- Wisconsin Icons Water bottle from Brew City Brand
- Hydroflask for becoming a true Gen Z cool person
- LED Strip Lights to create the coolest, trendiest Gen Z room vibes
- Candles from Big White Yeti or Copper Wings Candle Co.
- Big Fat Notebooks : Available on Amazon, these books are a fun way for middle school age kids to build their learning in a subject matter of their choosing. Here’s the subjects available, most on Amazon Prime!