Easter is around the corner, and it is one of children’s favorite holidays- mostly for one reason alone- CANDY! What kid doesn’t love to wake up to a basket-full of candy or do an egg hunt and see how much candy he or she received! While I am not against candy, and certainly won’t judge anyone who does traditional Easter egg baskets, I strive to make Easter all about Jesus so that my kids learn to love HIM with all their heart and be excited about HIM more than anything else- even chocolate bunnies! Since children are naturally excited about candy- we have tried to find ways to keep this Easter basket tradition more low key and hype up Jesus as the most important reason for Easter.
I ran across a blog by Oh Amanda this year- a wonderful blog for Christian moms. Amanda has a great post about “un-Easter baskets” with wonderful ideas to lead your kids closer to Jesus through what you put in their basket- which is great for younger kids. She also has a blog entitled “Easy Scripture Ideas for Meaningful Easter Baskets,” where she attaches scripture related to each gift item. I became inspired after reading her blogs and decided to do the scripture idea this year to go with each gift, along with finding gifts that would grow my kids in their faith. Before this year, we have actually never done a traditional basket, and it’s actually worked really well just doing low key Easter egg hunts- but no specific traditions set in stone. My kids really don’t have any expectations, and they seem to just get excited about the holiday in general and really don’t even think about getting candy. This year I am going to give them their Easter baskets a few days before Easter, so that the special day can just be about celebrating the resurection and getting together with family, but they can still have fun getting the baskets ahead of time!
Whatever your traditions are, here are some fun gift ideas I put together for my own kids’ Easter baskets this year that will hopefully inspire you to think of creative ways to use Easter baskets to lead your kids closer to Jesus.
Click here to find some of the Christian resources I used for my kids’ Easter baskets under my elementary resources tab.