These are the best Easter basket ideas for preschoolers and toddlers with items they’ll really love! Find ideas for toddlers and preschoolers themed baskets, including treats, toys, outdoor activities and crafts. These are some of the most favorite Easter basket ideas for young children!
This article originally posted on March 30th, 2020 and has been updated and republished with a new date.
Easter Basket Ideas for Preschoolers and Toddlers
For toddlers and preschoolers, receiving their treat-filled basket on Easter Sunday is a holiday highlight! Receiving a basket of goodies and hunting for eggs is a classic Easter tradition.
When it comes to shopping for gifts for my preschooler, I purchase Easter basket items that she will enjoy for months to come. Fill the baskets with both fun and practical items that your kids can play with in the upcoming months.
I’ve included a wide range of price points for every budget in this Easter basket gift guide. This article has convenient shopping links to fun toys, practical gifts, and educational toys.
Online Shopping for Easter
If you usually put together your Easter baskets at the last minute (like I do!), you might want to rethink that method. Stores are selling out of items earlier. You don’t want to plan on shopping late and missing out on the top Easter basket essentials.
If you plan on creating Easter baskets for preschoolers or toddlers, you’ll want to be placing orders online asap. With shipping delays possible in spring, get your orders in soon to have the items ready for this Easter season.
What to Include In an Easter Basket for Young Children
Decide upon a budget to spend on Easter gifts, then pick and choose Easter basket stuffers from there. Aim to gift a few items, along with some sweet treats. What you put inside the basket will be determined by the size of the gifts and of course, the size of the basket itself!
Toddler and preschool aged kids’ baskets will be much different from what big kids would receive. This article will offer up some fun Easter basket ideas with tips on deciding which Easter gifts are best for little ones.
Other Easter Celebration Items to Order:
- Basket (see next section for ideas)
- Easter Grass
- Plastic Easter eggs
- Jelly beans or other Easter Candy
- Egg decorating kit
- Goodies to add inside plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt, like stickers.
Is the Easter bunny ready to shop? Hop to it! Look for the handy buying links in each section, to complete these creative Easter basket ideas.
Choosing the Best Basket for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Easy to Carry – Do your kids use their Easter basket for an Easter egg hunt? Find baskets that are sturdy, with a comfortable handle and can be easily carried by your child.
Size Matters – If you tend to choose large Easter basket stuffers, buy a bigger basket.
Storage – As cute as a traditional Easter baskets are (you know the wicker kind with a giant handle), remember this: You’ll need a place to store that basket the other 11 months of the year. Giant Easter baskets just don’t store very well!
If you’re tight on storage space, choose containers that are on the smaller side or that can break down easily into a storage bin.
Christian Themed Gifts for Easter Basket
Jesus is truly the reason for this season. Christians celebrate that He Is Risen with these Christian based Easter basket gifts.
Jewelry – Beautiful Cross and Heart Earrings from Jared are a blessed Easter treasure. These are ideal earrings for toddlers and preschoolers, in 14K gold with screw posts.
Chocolate – My Grandma bought me one every year, the Solid Milk Chocolate Cross from Russell Stover is a must!
Bible book – Give toddlers and preschoolers a beautiful book to celebrate Christ each day of the year, 365 Bible Stories and Prayers: Biblical Readings to Share All Through the Year.
Unicorn Easter Basket
Do you have a toddler or preschooler who is unicorn-obsessed? These unicorn goodies are fun and practical (and no nasty “unicorn poop” in sight!).
Stacking Toy – Toddlers will love this build-your-own LEGO DUPLO My First Unicorn. These chunky blocks and snap-on pieces are ideal for little hands.
Match Game – This Unicorn Puzzle and Match-Up Game is colorful and engaging. The compact size makes it good for on-the-go play.
Snack Bags – Take snacks on the road in these unicorn and rainbow Reusable Snack Bags from Bumkins. Fill with a few chocolate eggs for the occasion!
Balancing Toy – Build fine motor skills and fulfill their fantasies with this adorable Wooden Unicorn Balancing Set from Little Tikes.
Travel Themed Easter Basket
For little travelers, this themed Easter basket will take them around the globe without leaving their own backyard.
Game – Get the teddy bear ready for his vacation in the adorable Topper Takes a Trip. Toddlers and preschoolers will pack Topper’s suitcase for vacation based on one of the location cards.
Swim Wear – It’s beach weather somewhere, right? Get your kid ready for the next tropical adventure with a new Swimsuit and Pool Cover-Up from ShopDisney.
Travel Entertainment – My toddler and preschooler loved taking WikkiStix along on road trips and plane rides. These mess-free, wax coated sculpting sticks can be used again and again to bend and create on the go.
The Gift of Vacation – The best gift for a traveling family? A trip planned for later in the year! I recommend my travel partner Get Away Today, who offers theme park tickets that are fully refundable. And if you ever need to reschedule or cancel a trip, their Peace of Mind plan has you covered.
Transportation Themed Easter Basket
Planes, trains, automobiles – you’ll have all your toddler’s favorite vehicles covered in this imaginative transportation Easter basket.
Personalized Train Cars – Add to their wooden train collection with a personalized Alphabet Letter Train Car from Maple Landmark (every letter and a variety of colors available). Buy the letters in your child’s name. Or purchase them all to spell the entire alphabet!
Road Trip Entertainment – Water Wow Books from Melissa and Doug are one of my preschooler’s favorites! Great for plane travel or long car trips, these books are mess-free entertainment.
Plane – A kid’s imagination will take to the sky with this Green Toys Airplane. Made for small hands, the plane features a spinning propeller and a two-wheeled landing gear.
Race Cars – The Deluxe Mini Cars Playset will make your kid’s heart go vrooom on Easter morning. Gift a few now and consider holding some of the set back to fill the stocking at Christmas time!
Arts and Crafts Themed Easter Basket
Even if you don’t go full-on arts and crafts in one basket, one or more of these items in your preschooler’s Easter basket would be egg-cellent!
Stickers – Create-a-Face Stickers are contained in a single pad for good clean fun. There’s even a Sesame Street option that young kids will love!
Paint Brush Cups – Love art time but not the mess? These Spill-Proof Paint Cups are perfect for artistic toddlers.
Crayons – It wouldn’t be an arts and crafts Easter basket without crayons! These Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons are great for budding artists. Pair these art supplies with a new coloring book in the Easter basket.
Craft Kit – Let preschoolers show off their creative side with a LEGO DOTS Jewelry Making Kit. There are many styles, including Disney, sports, unicorns, and this My Pets version.
Rainbow Clothing – Primary is my go-to place for kid’s clothing in bright colors! Super soft fabrics that last, in gender-neutral designs that kids love to wear. Cuddle up with soft pajamas from Primary, that include every color in the crayon box!
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Mickey and Minnie Mouse Easter Basket
You know I’m all about doing Disney with toddlers! These adorable Mickey and Minnie Easter basket treats make my theme-park loving heart sing (PS: Kids will love them too!).
Sunglasses – Mickey Mouse Sunglasses with a coordinating case are totally cool, especially with beach and theme park travel in your future plans!
Meal Time – How cute is this Minnie Mouse silicone divided dish from Bumkins? It suctions to the table for younger toddlers, separating the food for picky eaters!
No Mess Art – Need mess-free activities? We love Crayola Color Wonder Kits and this one features Mickey and the Roadster Racers.
Mystery Egg – Toddlers and preschoolers love a good surprise! And what could be more fun than opening a Disney Jr. Mickey Mystery Easter Egg. There are a total of 9 mystery toys inside!
Colorforms – The classic retro toy, sturdy mess-free Colorforms can stick again and again for play. My daughter received this Colorforms Mickey Mouse Play House in her Easter basket last year!
Learning Gifts for Easter Basket
Little ones LOVE to learn. Give the toddlers and preschoolers some awesome educational gifts in their Easter basket this year.
Toddler Sensory Toy – Encourage fine motor skills with this push and pop sensory toddler toy. Dimpl Digits by Fat Brain Toys can be used to learn numbers and colors as well. Flip the toy over and read the numbers from one to ten in Spanish.
Alphabet – This double-sided wooden Alphabet Tracing Board guides toddlers and preschoolers on both upper case and lower case letters. Use the included stick or a finger to trace into the grooves of the board for practice on alphabet skills.
Dot to Dot Books – Counting skills and fine motor skills are developed when little kids use these simple Dot to Dot Counting Books.
Flash Cards – You might think flash cards are no fun, but for little learners these First Words Flash Cards are perfect. Plus, they’re on a ring so it’s easier to keep track of the set!
Brain Quest – Hundreds of intriguing questions for inquisitive kiddos in the Brain Quest deck, specifically designed for preschoolers.
Princess Themed Easter Basket
Crown your preschooler with princess-worthy Easter treats this year, including crafts, toys and dress-up treats.
Blocks – This adorable pastel Disney Wooden Castle Blocks and Figures encourages imaginative play. Toddlers will develop fine motor skills to stack and build the castle.
LEGO – The LEGO Disney Anna & Elsa Storybook Adventures offers older preschoolers Frozen 2 fun (contained in a single box!)
Nail Polish – Glam up in style with age-appropriate manicure and pedicure non-toxic Piggy Paint Tiny Tiara Nail Polish and Sticker Art for kids.
Princess Dress – If costumes and dress up are a favorite pastime, add in a beautiful and itch-free outfit from Little Adventures Dress Ups. This Rapunzel Princess dress has no buttons or zippers, so toddlers and preschoolers can dress themselves.
Body Wash – Who needs bath toys? Scrub-a-dub with these precious Ariel and Jasmine Body Wash decanters.
Dinosaur Easter Basket
If you have a preschooler in the dinosaur-phase these hands-on Easter basket goodies are a mix of fun and learning.
Sticker Book – Sturdy puffy stickers can be used again and again inside the fold out book. There are other themes of Reusable 3D Sticker Books, including animals, oceans, vehicles, music and outer space.
Fossil Dino Egg – Preschoolers paleontologists can chip away at their own dino fossil in the Jumbo Dino Egg. There are 12 unique dinosaur models inside, along with educational learning cards.
K’NEX – Construct 30 different creatures in the K’NEX Dino Dudes Building Set using the included K’NEX parts and pieces, plus eyes, wings, tails, and wheels.
Sensory Sand – Go on a dinosaur dig at home with the Ultimate Dinosaur Sand Play Set. All the fun models and molds fit back inside the bin with snap-close lid.
Active Kid’s Easter Basket
Have a kid who is bouncing off the walls? Send ’em outside for fresh air and exercise with these cool active kid Easter basket fillers!
Outdoor toys are perfect for warm weather. Is spring rain pouring down on the outdoor fun? There’s an awesome indoor activity too!
Bouncy Ball – Get outside and play with this awesome Playground Ball by Champion Sports. The classic is soft and bouncy but durable for outdoor play.
Sidewalk Chalk – Regular sticks of sidewalk chalk are fun, but these Chalk Blast Balls are great for active youngsters. Let the kids run around on the sidewalk, creating colorful abstract art.
Play Catch – A game of toss between kids just got a whole lot easier with the Melissa and Doug Toss and Grip Catching Game. The balls self stick to the glove, so it’s fun for toddlers learning how to catch.
Hide and Seek – Play indoor hide & seek with Zoo on the Loose, a toddler and preschool game from Mindware, using adorable plush animals.
Super Hero Easter Basket
If your little adventurer can’t get enough super hero stuff, get your recruit ready with this awesome Easter basket.
Dress Up – Start off the look with a Super hero cape and mask set. Perfect for pretend play and developing a toddler’s imagination.
Action Figures – Embrace your Spider-Man senses and include a toy to spark the imagination, like these kid-friendly Spidey and His Amazing Friends Bendable Figures from shopDisney.
Water Bottle – Super heroes work hard! Encourage hydration with these sleek Water Bottle Sippers from Simple Modern.
T-Shirt – These classic cotton Super Hero T-Shirts are a great way for little kids to show their fandom. There are multiple packs, including other favorite characters like Captain America, Black Panther and Hulk.
Springtime Easter Basket
The classic Easter basket you grew up with, in a sweet springtime theme that celebrates baby animals and outdoor delights.
Classic Book – Based on Beatrix Potter’s original store, the Tale of Peter Rabbit Story features her beautiful artwork. This is in board book form, making it sturdy for youngsters to read alone
Chocolate Bunnies – A mini Milk Chocolate Bunny that’s not too big, perfect for toddler hands and a tiny tummy!
Gardening Set – Spring is all about the flowers and garden! Give them the tools to get into the dirt and dig around with this Hand Tool Set and Water Can.
Puzzle – This adorable Garden Bunnies floor puzzle is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, with 6 special shaped pieces.
Silly Putty – The fun, stretchy no-mess tactile putty from your childhood. I recall getting Easter Egg Silly Putty just like this in my Easter basket when I was a kid!
Peeps – Nothing like the classic Peeps to brighten up the Easter basket. More than just the marshmallow treats, the website also has lip balm, bubbles, bath bombs, scented plush and more. Peeps also come in a sugar-free variety now too, if you want to avoid sugary treats.
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Try out this free printable Disney scavenger hunt! Ideal for either in-the-house or hotel room while traveling.
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