Easter is less than a week away, and if you’re anything like me you’re
way ahead of schedule wondering how you’ll find the time to get everything done. Chocolate bunnies, chocolate ducks, sugar-filled eggs, jellybeans, and the like are on the top of many people’s grocery lists. A few years ago, as I started gathering the supplies needed to make the perfect Easter baskets to make my kids jump for joy, I was confronted with a pretty big conundrum: How do I create Easter treats that’ll both satisfy my kids expectations and keep me from worrying about their health?
It’s a holiday, so I don’t want to deprive them of the pleasure that comes with seeing a giant basket full of goodies that’s all for them. However, I’m still a mom. And as a mom, the idea of them chowing down on non-stop sugar for hours on end has me, I think reasonably, concerned.
So what’s the solution? Every year I try to make a balanced choice when it comes to filling their baskets. I do include candy, but only their favorites and not an overwhelming amount. I like to fill out the rest of the basket with things other than candy. Here are some alternatives to sugary treats:
With Easter comes spring, and by now your kids are ready to kick off their winter boots and head outside for warmer-weather fun. Items such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk, baseball and soccer gear, bug collector sets and gardening toys are a welcome surprise to young boys and girls who are eager to run around in the higher temperatures.
Books and Movies
What parents don’t love an opportunity to encourage their kids to read? You can use this time to get your kids a couple books that are related to Easter, spring or even those that you knew and loved when you were a kid. One of the greatest gifts I gave my son in recent years was the book of Guinness World Records. It was a last-minute purchase that I hadn’t given much thought to, but once he got a hold of it he couldn’t put it down. When I asked him what he was most looking forward to in this year’s basket, he was quick to respond with the latest edition of the Guinness book.
These are a great way to keep your kids busy on rainy spring days. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word searches, and coloring books help keep your kids busy while also helping them learn. Mad Libs books aren’t only a great way to teach your children about grammar, parts of speech, and sentence structure, but they’re also seriously funny. That moment when you read the finished Mad Libs aloud together always leaves everyone doubled over in laughter. It’s a pretty great way to spend some family time together, if you ask me.
Stickers and Creative Gear
Another option that’ll help keep the kids busy on rainy days is to stock up on creative supplies such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, drawing paper, stickers and glue. This also helps to keep your kids’ eyes off the TV and helps them focus on an activity that makes them think and develops their creativity.
Healthy But Fun Snacks
One of the great things about the Internet is that it’s chock full of interesting ideas that you can do at home. If you’re a fan of the social media website Pinterest, then you’re probably aware of the many interesting and unique food and crafting ideas that can be found there. From a cute, delicious Easter breakfast treat to a unique way of bundling up cheddar bunnies to look like carrots, to a fruit salad housed in a watermelon carved to look like an Easter basket (yeah, it’s for real), there are so many cute ideas that you can use when dressing up the basket or as an activity with your kids.
There you go, some simple alternatives that are sure to make your kids happy come Easter morning – and keep you from worrying about their health. If you have more thoughts to share with everyone, please do in the comments section below! I’d love to learn some new ideas from you all.