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Here comes Peter Cottontail

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Katie Krebs, Pediatric Registered Dietitian

The classic song talks about bringing every girl and boy a basketful of Easter joy — jelly beans, colored eggs and chocolate bunnies. However, Easter baskets don’t have to be filled with candy. Here are some ideas that are fun — without the sugar.

Garden tool box: Provide tools to play in the dirt!

  • Vegetable seed packets
  • Gardening gloves and sun hat
  • Garden tools
  • Watering can
  • Garden stepping stone kit

Art satchel: Encourage creativity and imagination with art supplies.

  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Stickers
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Paper and canvas

Chef basket: Teach your child about cooking.

  • Apron
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters

Duffle bag: Support your child’s love of a sport or favorite team.

  • Team shirt
  • Hat
  • Socks
  • Water bottle
  • Sports equipment

Simple pleasures bin: Unplug and go outside to play.

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubbles
  • Frisbee
  • Jump rope
  • Balls

Beach tote: Get ready for summer or a spring break trip.

  • Beach towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Swim suit
  • Sand bucket and shovel