Candy Free Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

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Easter is nearly a month away and so it’s time to start shopping!! Because my daughter does not eat much by mouth, her Easter basket will not be candy focused   She does love a lollipop for a few licks  and some M&Ms, but candy won’t be the main event in her basket.  If you’re new here, Addie has a feeding tube , an oral aversion, and short bowel syndrome so eating is tough for us   Maybe your child does not have any sort of GI issue, but you want some ideas other than candy.   

I shared one of these last year, and it was geared towards kids 1-3 and this year I picked new stuff for kids ages 3-5   I chose books, STEM toys, arts & crafts, outdoor toys, & more!! Full disclosure, Easter is sort of a mini Christmas at our house between the basket from us, from my mom, other family members! You guys can shop by clicking on any image and this post contains affiliate links.  By purchasing through our blog, we earn a small commission and this is one of the ways  I make an income for my family so I appreciate your support. 


While it’s good to build your Easter book collection during this time of year, the books just do not apply as much after the holiday.  So I usually give 1 Easter book and then others that are focused on spring or just something I’ve had my eye on. 

Planting a Rainbow is a beautiful book about colors, flowers, and planting a garden.  You need all Lois Ehlert in your life and I also love, Eating the Alphabet.

It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny is not an Easter but rather a bunny book about P.J. who wants to be somebody else.  The story is about his journey to figure out where he belongs.  It’s a Dr. Seuss beginner book which is a great book to read to your toddler but also good for when your little one is learning to read as the pictures are simple and support the words, and the text is simple.  I  love a lot of beginner books, but especially  Dr. Seuss ABC & 123.

Some Bugs rhyming text describes the qualities of numerous insects, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations. A colorful index at the back shows each type of bug, along with its name. The book has a sense of celebration, of appreciation and wonder for the bugs, making them seem special and interesting instead of icky and gross. 

Dragon Loves Tacos  This is a book we are just loving right now and it’s just silly.  You can lure a bunch of dragons to your party by serving buckets and buckets of tacos.  Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . you are in trouble. 


STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  STEM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. STEM toys focus more on critical thinking skills, provide more open ended play, and creativity. 

Lego Movie Duplo Set The LEGO MOVIE 2 trailer suggests that the visitors from Duplo planet are destructive, evil creatures, but the figures you build from this 53-piece set (10895) are awfully cute. The Duplo bricks are much larger than standard LEGO bricks, because they’re designed for very young LEGO builders (ages 1½ to 5). I also love this Duplo Truck and Excavator set, My Family Home, & Playground Set.

Marble Run Set Stimulate your kids’ creative problem solving skills as they figure how to assemble the pieces to form their own marble run build. The process of putting the pieces together hone in many important aspects like spatial awareness,imagination,motor skills,deep interest in science, engineering and technology subjects and patience.

Grow N Glow Terrarium Experience the wonder of nature with the Grow N' Glow Terrarium! This kit allows you to craft, plant, water and grow your own terrarium tabletop garden. The perfect STEAM activity that mixes science and art. Create your own eco-system and learn about botany and the life cycle of plants. Your habitat will begin to grow in as little as 3-4 days

Interlocking Plastic Disc Set They are easy for students as young as pre-school to use by themselves.  They are great for imaginative play, but another filler for sensory boxes!

Magnetic Blocks It builds Fine Motor Skills in toddlers and inspires imagination and an interest in science, engineering and design in Older Children. 

Arts & Crafts

DIY Bath Bomb Lab This kit comes with all you need to make bath bombs of different colors, sizes, and scents and even comes with lab accessories to make your little one feel like a real scientist.

Paint Sticks There are my new favorite art supply and it’s painting without the mess. It twists up and down like a glue stick, goes on smooth, does not need water, and dries in seconds. My daughter also has fine motor delays and this goes on without a ton of pressure.

DIY Slime Lab 8 fascinating varieties of slime & putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, DIY slime lab, liquid slime, color changing putty, snotty slime and bouncing putty.

Wikki Stix This open ended toy will last across the years and its PERFECT for a road trip. You can draw, bend, create, craft, and write with these sticky and bendy sticks.

Water Wow Activity Pad No-mess painting for kids! This includes eight reusable pages, a refillable water pen, and red lens. Simply use the pen to color in each scene—details and vibrant color appear with every stroke! Let the page dry to erase the pictures and color it in again and again. Reveal hidden pictures with the water pen, then use the red lens to explore even more in the detailed scenes!

Let’s Go Outside

Basketball Hoop Indoor and outdoor basketball hoop adjusts to six heights from 2.5 to 4 feet and base can be weighted with sand (not included) for stability.

Outdoor Exploration Kit This is perfect for your little explorer and contains binoculars, magnifying glass, butterfly net, clipboard, flashlight, compass, whistle, bug collector, tweezers, bug viewer, and even some fake bugs!

Plasma Car This car is amazing and we use it indoor and outdoor. Sit with both feet on the footrests, turn the steering wheel and away you go. Turn and navigate in small spaces indoors, and ride outdoors on sidewalks, pathways, and any other safe, smooth, flat surface.

Giant Bubble Wand This contains everything you need to create bubbles that are big, colorful and fun: a set of giant bubble maker, a pouch of Bubble Concentrate,

A few more

One of the other things we love to give as a gift, is an experience. Movie tickets, swim lessons, gift certificate to Sesame Place. Experiencing can have more lasting memories, or if it’s something like swim lessons it’s a gift that keeps giving week after week.