Easter always occurs on a Sunday. It celebrates Christ's defeat over death by rising from the grave. Many families take this time to create Easter baskets for their children. The baskets are given to the children Easter morning. There is no rule as to what to fill the Easter baskets with, but here are a few suggestions.
The first thing you need to place in your basket is a filler. Everything else rests on the filler. The most common filler is green Easter "grass." One bag of synthetic Easter grass can fill the bottom of three Easter baskets. If you want to use something that is recyclable, shred newspapers for the bottom of your baskets. You can use green spray paint to make it look grassy. You will want to use enough filler to cover a fourth to a third the basket.
Children will expect candy in their Easter basket. Even if you are not a big fan of sweets, you will want to add a few Easter staples. First, make sure you have a chocolate bunny. Purchase a hollow one if you don't want your child eating too much chocolate. Second, throw a few jelly beans in the basket. You can buy traditional jelly beans, spicy jelly beans, or even sugar-free jelly beans. Third, you need marshmallow Peeps in bunny or chick shapes-- whichever you think your child will like best. Finish your basket by adding a Cadbury egg. The filling in these eggs resembles a real egg. Children will be surprised when they eat it.
Toys can be a great distraction from all the candy. The toys will also last longer. Look for Easter coloring books and a pack of crayons. These coloring books can be religious and tell the Easter story, or they can be about the Easter bunny and dyed Easter eggs. Next, look for a stuffed bunny or chick to place in the basket. All children love to cuddle with a cute stuffed animal. Continue filling the basket with a set of bubbles. You might find some in pastel Easter colors. Finish the Easter basket by adding an Easter craft kit. You can find some at a craft store or order them online. These kits will give the children something to do. When they finish the craft, they have a little trinket to remember the holiday.
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