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Candy… I don’t know what it is about holidays, especially Easter, that makes candy a staple. And not even good candy. My kids eat candy and I’m in for a treat… and not in a good way.
Sure, a piece or two of candy here and there never hurt anyone. Everything in moderation, right? But excessive amounts on top of a busy day and I’m ready to send them back to their mom…
Oh, wait, I am their mom…. Well, that certainly puts a damper on things, huh?
So, while we always give our farm girls a basket for Easter, I don’t load it up with candy. In fact, I leave the candy to the grandparents and tell them to keep it to a bare minimum. So, a chocolate bunny is good. A five pound chocolate bunny is not. And no peeps because for whatever reason this country is obsessed with artificial colors, flavors, and about a million other ingredients that are sure to make my kids go batty in eight seconds flat.
Small portions of chocolate good. All that other junk they market? Not. But, I digress.
Since we leave the candy to the grandparents we need something to put in their baskets. I’m all about not wasting things and finding worthless plastic toys they will break, forget, or break (wait, did I already say that?) before the day is over is wasteful. We don’t do a lot of plastic to begin with, in fact, I plan to use some of these practical, plastic free Easter egg ideas from my friend over at A Modern Homestead, but of course it’s still in our lives. I just try to minimize it and one of the best places to do so is with kids toys.
I’m not going to fill their baskets up with junk candy or cheap, plastic, useless toys. So what do I fill their baskets with?
How about practical, useful, fun things that they can actually use? My two older farm girls love to do the same things that mommy and daddy do around the farm. They love to help around in the garden, with the chickens, in the kitchen, you name it. They like to be smaller versions of us (which is totally cool and inspiring!). So, why not get them practical items that will help them be those miniature versions?
Practical Easter Basket Ideas for the Homestead
Since we have littlest farm girl in the outside world now, she will also get a small basket this year, so I’ll include a few ideas for the itty bitty in your life as well.
For the farm kid
Start with a galvanized bucket, which is so much better than one of those silly, overpriced baskets. I mean, what homestead has too many buckets? None. So, grab you a bucket, a gallon is usually what we use but you could do bigger or smaller depending on what you want to throw in it.
Grab some of your farm critters straw (if you have one, if you don’t, no judging!). I like to use straw because it has other practical uses, it isn’t plastic, and it can be mulched into the compost when we’re finished.
Fill the bucket with the straw and place a few of these items inside:
- A Handheld Shovel
- A Handheld Cultivator
- A Handheld Hoe
- Some fresh seeds of their favorite flower or vegetable
- A Garden Apron
- Some Garden Gloves
- A bit of garden soil or seed starting mix
- A plant they can transplant to the garden
For the farm baby
Hey, the little one wants in on the fun, too! Sine our youngest isn’t quite 2 months, gardening is out except for mommy wearing her! Some practical ideas for the farm baby are:
- A Cloth Diaper (we use flats, but a nice all in one would be great to have for nighttime)
- A new Sleep Sack (I swear by these things) here’s one without the swaddle for older babies
- A board book
- Teething necklace
- Gripe water
- A package of pacifiers
- Small infant toy (like this one)
- A summer romper
- A summer hat
See? Easter doesn’t have to be full of candy and junk, plastic toys! You can get things for your homestead kid that are practical and fun! My kids love getting out in the garden and playing in the dirt, so why not give them the tools to do it? You could even take that bucket you put their new tools in and let them plant a flower in it and put it on the front porch or on your desk or wherever! I bet they would love it.
If you’re looking for even more natural Easter basket ideas for your homestead kids, check out this post from my friend over at Boots and Hooves Homestead!