Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

For the first time in a long time I’m excited for Easter (no offense JC). Why? This year, my boys can actually participate more in the festivities.

Our community had a fun Easter Egg Hunt the other day and the boys loved discovering treats and prizes inside the eggs that they collected. Although, Ben's encounter with the Easter Bunny was not so fun for him. Look at that pout!


We will be doing our own egg hunt this weekend at our house too, so I've been busy selecting age-appropriate goodies for toddlers to fill their plastic eggs and baskets with. I've learned that you don't have to spend a lot either to make for a fun-filled basket. Here are some suggestions to consider...

Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Toddlers: 

  • VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels or Go! Go! Smart Animals are interactive cars that make for a great non-candy alternative for only $7.99 each. They are also perfectly sized for Easter baskets and little hands. For ages 1-5, these electronic toys play music, make sounds and light up. Little ones will also learn about different letters, animal sounds and more while engaging in important pretend play too. These cars also further respond to SmartPoint locations on larger Go! Go! playsets, but can also be used just by themselves. We love adding new cars to our collection, but will also take individual cars like these with us on road trips to keep the boys busy while driving. 
  • Parragon Books' Bunny Loves to Play ($4.19) - Read and wiggle the cute bunny puppet built in to this adorable story board book encouraging interactive play, hand-eye coordination, and language development for babies. For older tots there is also the beautifully illustrated picture book perfect for spring - The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever. Both books are available on Amazon Prime too.
  • Bubbles 
  • Crayons 
  • Coloring Books
  • Sidewalk Chalk 
  • Play-Doh
  • DVD (see below on how to make this a tradition) 
Easter Egg Prizes for Toddlers 
  • Cut up a sticker sheet and put individual stickers in the eggs 
  • Bouncy balls (the kind you can get at the grocery store gumball machines). 
  • FunnyFace Choo Choo Cherry dried cranberries. With with 50% less sugar these are a great alternative to traditional dried cranberries and jelly beans. 
  • Mini pretzels or crackers
  • If doing your hunt outside you could fill an egg with glitter for a surprise glitter explosion. 
  • Balloons, which you can then inflate
  • Easter colored socks
  • Mini bubbles
  • Play-Doh rolled up in a ball and out of the canister
  • Alphabet magnets
  • Toy cars
  • Temporary Tattoos 
  • Silly Bandz 
  • Mardi Gras bead-like necklaces to wear
  • Plastic whistles
  • Small hand stampers (I found some plastic Easter ones at Target)
When I was little, I loved that every year my mom, I mean Easter Bunny, would put a new musical VHS video in my basket. It became an on-going tradition each year as I’d wonder what the new musical I’d discover this time would be. We’d then enjoy the video on repeat for the rest of the year – Grease, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The King and I and Oliver! You could do this with Disney DVDs too or another chosen theme.


  1. These are all great ideas!! My youngest grandson enjoyed the few eggs we added to his basket better than the little toys, lol!


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