Easter Basket and Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

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Easter basket ideas
Easter baskets just don't have to be for eggs! Try some of these fun and creative ideas!. Cyndi Monaghan

Does the Easter Bunny need a helping hand this year? While it's fun job, figuring out what types of candies and other treats to include in a child's Easter basket, it can sometimes be overwhelming -- there is just so much to choose from!

A great way to start when figuring out what to put in an Easter basket is to come up with a theme. If your child loves going to dancing school, put together a basket with dance-themed items. Got a kid who loves to make arts and crafts? Build on that. From favorite television and movie characters, to sports and books, the possibilities are endless!

If you aren't a theme person, and would prefer to place a mish-mosh of items in your child's Easter basket, that's fine too! What's most important is that your child is happy with his or her new bounty! Keep reading for a range of ideas, from books, to art supplies, to toys.

New Easter Fun from Crayola

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Sidewalk chalk makes a nice addition to any Easter basket.. Crayola

Arts and crafts giant Crayola has unveiled a whole line of products for spring, all under $5, and all great additions to any Easter basket. Fun products for preschoolers include:

  • Crayola Tie Dye Chalk ($2.99) -- produce different colors combinations every time
  • Crayola Neon Chalk ($2.99) -- super bright colors that are sure to catch the attention of the whole neighborhood
  • Crayola Glitter Chalk ($2.99) -- your preschooler can add a touch of sparkly style to anything she creates!
  • Crayola Multi-Color Chalk ($2.99) -- with one stroke your little one can draw four colors
  • Crayola Colorfoam ($3.99) -- fun foam writers let kids create foam creations anywhere. Fully washable with water.
  • Color Alive Action Coloring Pages -- coloring in a coloring book will never be the same after your kids try one of these new offerings. Each book comes with seven crayons, including a Magic Crayon that unlocks a special effect. Themes include Skylander, Barbie, Enchanted Garden, and Mythical Creatures.

Funny Bunny

Funny Bunny game
The Funny Bunny game has players racing to the carrot!. Ravensburger

Looking for a fun game to play on Easter as a family? Funny Bunny ($26) is a great board game that has players racing towards a carrot while helping preschoolers work on their counting skills and color recognition. 

Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Bunny Doll

Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Bunny Doll
While not specifically an Easter toy, the Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Bunny Doll makes for a great additon to any Easter basket.. Lalaloopsy

Lalaloopsy Babies Newborn Bunny Doll ($10) is small enough to fit in the palm of your preschooler's hand, but comes complete with her own personality. Each doll includes an adoption certificate, blanket, and a bottle.

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You
This year the classic book, "Guss How Much I Love You" turns 20.. Candlewick Press

Preschoolers and their families have been reading the classic book, Guess How Much I Love You for 20 years this year and to celebrate, the publisher, Candlewick Press, is offering a host of activities, coloring sheets and more. Featuring a sweet leading character in Little Nutbrown Hare, it's an adorable, appropriate addition to any Easter Basket.

As a special bonus, make and print free Guess How Much I Love You Easter cards.

Silly Putty

Crayola Silly Putty makes for a fun addition to any Easter basket.. Crayola

An instant classic when it was introduced in the 1950s, Silly Putty ($1.49) has been entertaining kids with its ability to bounce, mold, stretch, snap and more. Plus, it comes in an egg-shaped container, making it the perfect addition to any Easter basket.

Color Me Bunny

Alex Toys Color Me Bunny
Color Me Bunny from Alex toys would make a great addition to any Easter basket.. Alex Toys

Sure, chocolate bunnies are an Easter basket staple, but what about a bunny your little one can color himself? The Color Me Bunny ($21) from Alex Toys comes with four markers, but it is machine washable so your little one can have coloring fun over and over again.

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