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Adeline’s Second Easter Basket: Ideas for Toddlers 12-18 Months

I received these books for free as part of my participation in Zondervan’s Z Blog Squad. All opinions are my own.

Well, I’m a bit ahead of the game here, but Easter is officially less than a month away and if you’re as Type A as I am then you’re already in planning mode! OK confession, I’m super Type A and have already finished Adeline’s Easter basket. I’m definitely a procrastinator in other areas of life, but with Adeline I always feel the need to get the ball rolling ahead of time and take advantage of free time to knock these things out. Mainly out of the need to get it off my mental to-do list. One less thing to think about, mamas! And to my defense, I totally thought Easter was way sooner than it actually is, since last year it was in March. (Why does Easter change so much every year? Like why can’t we just pick a date like Christmas??) Anyways, I thought I’d go ahead and share what the Easter Bunny is bringing Adeline – maybe it will give you some ideas!

I’m reusing her basket from last year, mostly because it was hella expensive. (I’m lookin’ at you PB Kids!) And she’ll never know. And it’s super cute, so there’s that. I also found our plastic eggs and her bunny ears from last year – winning! Three cheers for being a holiday decor pack rat and keeping everything!

My theme this year for her basket is centering around practical things, and little goodies I know she will enjoy. Even though if we’re really being honest, I know I totally went overboard. Guilty. But, everything was super cheap and affordable. There’s just something so addicting about shopping for festive toddler treats! I CAN’T HELP MYSELF!

I’m trying hard to not fall into the trap of buying knick knacks just to buy them and have them take up space in her room. So, I thought things like coloring books, crayons, books, bubbles, snacks, etc. were smart options. Annnnnd maybe a stuffed animal or two because Adeline is a stuffed animal HOARDER, and I don’t hate it. I know her little heart won’t always love them like she does now, so for now I’m spoiling her!

Here’s what Peter Rabbit is planning on delivering:

easter basket for toddlers

  • Easter puppy dog stuffed animal {Kroger}
  • Jelly Cat mini lamb {HeyDay, downtown Franklin, TN}
  • 2 Easter straw sippy cups {Target} – anyone else’s toddler OBSESSED with straws?!
  • 2 rubber duckies {Kroger} – fresh bath toys are always a good idea!

easter basket idea for toddler girls

  • Easter coloring book {Walmart}
  • Toddler crayons {Walmart)
  • Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies to fill plastic eggs {Target}
  • Bubble wand (Walmart)

  • 2 Easter themed books {Zondervan – available at various retailers} – we picked out The Berenstein Bears Bless Our Pets and Ready, Set, Find Easter.

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Pets book is adorable! I grew up reading my older brother’s BB’s books, and always LOVED them. This one in particular is all about a special pet blessing service at the Bears’ church. The whole community brings their pets and the preacher says a special prayer over them, and reads a scripture before chaos ensues. It’s pretty comical, and cute, and I can’t wait for Adeline to point at all of the different animals featured!

Ready, Set, Find Easter is a bit more serious. This one actually follows the Easter story, as Jesus makes his way into Jerusalem, and the Easter story as we all know it, plays out. It’s lighthearted, easy to comprehend, and each page has several items for kids to locate. Adeline is at the age where she’s starting to recognize objects by name and be able to point to them, so this book is going to be a perfect way to introduce the reason for the season.

easter books for Adeline

Other ideas might include: Easter jammies, duckling accessories, a new outside toy, monogrammed Jelly Cat bunny, toddler house slippers, arts and crafts supplies, a toddler Bible, or simply just a fun Easter egg hunt with some tasty treats!

Putting together Adeline’s Easter basket may seem excessive or materialistic, but I never want her to forget why we celebrate Easter in the first place.

Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them,“We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” – Matthew 20:17-19

With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all. -Acts 4:33

We are already excited for this year’s Easter Sunday family celebration. We’re planning on joining Adam’s family and getting all the kiddos together for a giant Easter egg hunt! I’m anxious to find Adeline the perfect smocked dress, and I have a feeling it won’t stay pristine for very long. I have grandiose dreams of her Easter portrait, complete with bunny ears, but with the speed she’s moving these days her portrait may just be an iPhone boomerang. Ha!

easter basket ideas

What are your Easter plans? Lunch with family? What would you add to your little’s basket? Do you do fun baskets for your spouse or S/O? 

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    montessoriishmom
    March 23, 2017 at 6:44 am

    That basket is SO cute!! I think I’m just going to get my little guy a children’s Bible (he’s only 6 months, so will have no clue), and maybe some bunny ears now that you mention it! I’ll definitely do more of a full basket next year though.
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      Sweet Miles
      March 24, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      I think that’s a perfect idea!

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    Heather @Lunging Through Life
    March 23, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Looks like we are on the same page. I have a lot of the same stuff, but did find a gardening set sort of thing with buckets to play outside with so I picked that up. I need to get her basket down from the attic and make sure it’s still ok because all the baskets are gone in the stores!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Gardening toys is another great idea!! Maybe once we move and have a better backyard I can get Adeline into gardening 😉

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    March 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I too was Bernstein Bears obsessed as a kid! I bought Jack one of the BB Easter books last year. 🙂 I plan to include bubbles as well!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      They’re the best! I haven’t read them in years and childhood memories came flooding back!

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    Annie
    March 24, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I am so excited to make up our sons basket! Last year since he was so little I kind of failed on cute holiday gifts. This year I have my eyes peeled for any and all cute Easter treats! I love the cheddar bunny ideas for her eggs, I’ve been wondering what I’d put inside them!
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      Sweet Miles
      March 24, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      It’s so fun!! Last year was fun too, but now she can actually dig through and be excited!

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    Melissa
    March 28, 2017 at 5:27 am

    So so sweet! This is perfect! I was almost going to order the same exact basket for Claire, but shipping from Pottery Barn is redonk to Hawaii – ugh! I got her the same bunny cup though. So cute!
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