The last few years, instead of filling my kids’ Easter baskets with tacky plastic “grass” and cheap plastic toys, I’ve taken the time to make Easter more about the Good Stuff. This year we are traveling to Costa Rica for my husband’s 40th birthday and won’t be home for Easter, so I am not planting Easter grass, but here are the instructions in case you’d like to!
Here’s what’s on my shopping (and growing!) list this year. Please share your own ideas for natural, beautiful Easter baskets.
Real Easter Grass!
My mom always grew really grass in our Easter baskets when we were kids, and I assumed it was complicated and difficult, like so much of what she did for us as kids (see: making yogurt from scratch, never once buying a can of beans, and sewing the hair on our Waldorf dolls until 3:00 a.m. on Christmas morning).
Turns out, making an Easter basket with real grass isn’t difficult, and even we over-scheduled modern moms can pull it off relatively last minute.
Natural Easter Egg Dyes
When we were kids, my mom dyed our Easter eggs with, like, actual onion skins and cabbage. And my dad always blew out the eggs and did fancy Ukranian style decorations. I assume it goes without saying that this isn’t happening in my house.
Egg Easter Egg Game
Help kids learn colors in both English and Spanish with this nontoxic wooden matching game.
Organic Jelly Beans
While no one would call these a health food, Surf Sweets jelly beans are certainly better than Jelly Bellies, and they look so pretty nestled in the real grass.
My boys aren’t big on stuffed animals, but I usually do a plush toy of some kind in their Easter baskets. This adorable organic bunny lovey is my favorite.
Of course my mother always made chocolate (or perhaps it was carob) in the shape of a big bunny, using a stainless steel mold that seems to no longer be sold anywhere. These silicone molds are what I will use instead.
Babo’s organic skin- and hair-care products have a big bunny right on the bottles, and this bubble bath smells so fresh and spring-like, without the use of any synthetic fragrances. (Check out the rest of Babo’s products, too–from lotions to sunscreen to lip balm, they’ve all got that cute bunny on them!).
If you want to include a duck in your Easter baskets this year, these natural latex ducks are free of phthalates (which you’ll find in most “rubber” duckies.
Waldorf Easter Books
I love Gerda Mullers four season boards books, and the spring one is perfect for babies and preschoolers alike.
Wooden Easter Toys
This will be a challenge for my plastic-obsessed kids, but I like little wooden animals in an Easter baskets, and the Holtztiger ones are my favorite.
I’d really love to hear what you will be getting for your own children’s Easter baskets, so please comment below.