A Mindful Toddler Easter Basket

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Easter is right around the corner!

Last year my daughter was too young to even realize what was going on, so this year I’m excited to start the tradition of the Easter basket! Many of us grew up in homes where Easter baskets were filled with Nestle or Cadbury candies/ chocolate eggs/ sugary peep marshmallows..and although I did like Easter candy, I remember always bouncing off the walls, having a tummy ache, and with what we know about Nestle- we’ll save that for another blog post! So in an effort to do things a little differently and with sustainability in mind for my daughter, I’ve put together a list of items I’ve been gathering together for her basket this year.

The Basket

The Amsha Studio’s Market Basket. With tiny, medium and large options (small linked and shown here), these handwoven baskets are perfect for a lifetime of use. While our little Market Basket usually lives in our living room as a toy basket, we repurpose it around the holidays as an Easter basket and in place of a Halloween candy bag. We’re all about multi-use and functionality!

Chocolate

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups: A great alternative to Reeses, Justin’s peanut butter cups are made from organic chocolate and nut butters. They have almond, cashew and peanut butter to choose from.

Lake Champlain Easter Chocolates: Fair for Life certified, as well as USDA organic and with vegan options, Lake Champlain’s festive chocolates are a much better alternative to the cheap, chemical filled concoctions of Nestle. While they are a little more expensive, they are well worth the investment (plus, a few quality pieces of fine chocolate are more satisfying than a whole basket full of the commercial sugar-cut ‘chocolate’).

Toys

Red Barn Toys Easter Bunny Lacing Toy: A Montessori favorite, this little hand carved bunny is the perfect toy for toddlers. Lacing helps with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and the materials used to create this little bunny are all natural. No worries if this toy gets nibbled on!

Puzzles, books and other small toys: To fill up the rest of the basket, functional toys and seasonal books/ puzzles are great! These things are easy to find used but in good shape at thrift shops, or another option is to buy new from responsible toy brands like Green Toys or Plan Toys.

What other creative things can you think of to put in your child’s basket?

Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Hi! I’m Ashley, the founder of Sister House Collective. I’m a mindful mama, an independent creative director for developing brands and ethical merchandising strategist. On the blog, you’ll find writings about do-good brands, conscious living, motherhood and sustainability. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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