Easter Ideas for Toddlers: Easter Baskets and Fun Crafts

With winter behind us, Easter is a warm welcome, greeting us with vibrant flowers, sunny days, and valuable family time. Thanks to the gorgeous pastel colors often associated with Easter and fun activities, Easter is a great excuse to engage in fun crafts and activities with your preschooler. So mix up the egg dye, bring out your egg-shaped cookie cutters, and get ready to partake in our fun Easter ideas for toddlers. In this post, our Raleigh, NC childcare developers are sharing the best ways you can celebrate the upcoming holiday with your little ones. 

When is Easter 2023? 

This year, Easter will be celebrated a bit earlier than usual - April 9th, 2023.

This is because Easter is set to occur on the first Sunday following the full moon of the spring equinox. Since Easter Sunday is based on a Lunar month which is just 29.5 days, the date it occurs each year varies. Now that we’ve covered when Easter is this year, let’s dive into the fun part of the blog post - fun Easter activities! 

Two toddler enjoy decorating Easter eggs together, a fun Easter idea for toddlers.

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

Easter baskets are a great way to bring joy and fun to toddlers during the Easter season. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when picking out an Easter basket. Here are some great items you can fill an Easter basket with that will put a smile on a toddler’s face. 

  • Faux Easter grass is typically the base for most Easter baskets as it creates the illusion of a meadow which is perfect for Easter time. 
  • Stuffed animals, including bunnies and chicks. Although not an animal, a plush Easter egg would also be a wonderful addition to any Easter basket. 
  • Stickers - we haven’t met a child who doesn’t absolutely love stickers.
  • A chocolate bunny. This has grown to be an Easter staple that is not only tasty but pretty.
  • Plastic eggs filled with chocolate or coins.
  • Your toddler’s (or loved one’s) favorite candy, such as peanut butter cups, robin eggs, and peeps.  
  • Easter books you can read with your child.
  • A small puzzle you can complete with your toddler. 
Easter basket ideas for toddlers include baskets pictured here, such as candy-filled baskets, egg-filled baskets, and more.

These Easter basket ideas for toddlers not only forgo the store’s markup price but also allows you to build a basket that has everything your kid loves and nothing they don't. Plus, when your toddler knows the basket was built especially for them, it’s a heartwarming touch they’ll remember for years to come. 

Easter Activities for Kids

Whether you want to bask in the outdoors with your child (weather permitting) or you want to enjoy indoor activities, these Easter activities for kids will have the whole family engaged and put a smile on everyone’s face. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for photos and videos that will last a lifetime.  The following Easter ideas for toddlers are sure to be fun-filled.

Sponge Painting using Easter-Shaped Sponges 

Children love to paint, and this is the perfect opportunity to allow your toddler to create an Easter piece you can display on the refrigerator.  

Backyard Easter Egg Hunt

Everyone, adults included, love a good Easter egg hunt. Oftentimes, we find that adults end up looking for Easter eggs too when it comes to the end and there are still a few eggs missing and no one can remember where they were hidden at! 

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

If the weather isn’t suitable for an outdoor Easter egg hunt, you can host one inside - we promise it will still be a lot of fun. You can still hide plastic Easter eggs filled with money or candy around the house, and the children will love finding them just as much as they would outside. After all, a prize is a prize! 

Even if you do have an Easter egg hunt outside, who says you can’t have an indoor scavenger hunt too? The easiest way to do this is by filling Easter eggs with unique clues that will enhance your child’s problem-solving skills and lead them closer and closer to the prize - their custom Easter basket. This is a great way to start Easter Sunday! 

Easter Coloring Pages

 These free printable Easter coloring pages are a fun activity your toddler can enjoy any time during the day. All you need to do is print out these free coloring pages at home or at a print shop near you, such as Staples, grab some vibrant crayons, and let your child start coloring. 

Dying Easter eggs

You can’t go wrong by purchasing a simplistic Easter egg dying kit and dunking boiled eggs in pastel or vibrant colors with your toddler.

This age-old tradition is a trusty go-to Easter idea for toddlers that is sure to win over a smile. To enhance the design, your child can add stickers to the eggs. Or, simply leave the eggs as is and fill them in a basket of your choice to display around the house. Just don't leave them out in the open for too long!

Easter Crafts for Preschoolers

Creating an Easter bunny out of a paper plate is a simple Easter craft children of any age can create with just a little guidance. For this craft, simply start with a paper plate to mimic the bunny’s face, use pipe cleaners to create the bunny’s whiskers, stick on adhesive googly eyes, and glue on the ears by cutting out oval-shaped pieces of pink and white construction paper. Lastly, glue on a craft pom in between the two sets of whiskers and draw on the mouth by mimicking a cursive “w.” Viola! It’s as simple as that. 

While there are various different Easter crafts you can make with your child, it’s important to prioritize fun crafts over aesthetically pleasing ones. After all, this holiday should be fun-filled! 

Family-Friendly Easter Activities Near Raleigh 

Additional Easter ideas for toddlers include meeting others in the nearby community. The Raleigh community comes together during the holidays and enjoys celebrating with friends and family. To meet other parents and children who can play with your toddler, here are some upcoming activities near Raleigh that your child is sure to enjoy.

Meet the Easter bunny for free at Abbotts Creek. On Thursday, March 30th, your toddler can meet the Easter bunny! Just claim a timeslot between 9:30-11:30 am and you’re all set. 

The first egg hunt at Greystone Recreation Center is open to children ages 1-5 years old. There will also be crafts, games, and an open playground. Due to space restrictions, please register in advance. Join them on March 31st from 10-11 am. 

The Great Eggstravaganza at Brier Creek Community Center will have arts, crafts, games, and snacks the whole family will enjoy. Join them on March 31st from 6-8 pm. 

Attend an unforgettable Easter Egg Hunt in a Pool at Goldfish Swim School on April 7th at 7 pm. Once the egg hunt has concluded, your child is free to swim with other children in the pool. 

The CFL Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8th is fun and free! Reserve your spot and join them from 1-3 pm. 

Easter Extracurricular Activities for Toddlers

Easter ideas for toddlers are plentiful at our 5-star Raleigh, NC preschool and child development center.

Primary Beginnings will be offering various Easter activities, Easter crafts, and social activities for your child at the beginning of April. Keep an eye out for your April calendar for more information and details on these upcoming events. Your child is sure to enjoy the upcoming activities we have in store!

Our extracurricular activities are curated to promote higher self-esteem and improved academic performance. Participating in extracurricular activities helps children develop social skills, physical coordination, and problem-solving abilities while having fun. Extracurricular activities are also an opportunity for young children to explore different interests. A few activities we offer include music, art, sports, and yoga classes for toddlers. By participating in age-appropriate extracurricular activities, preschoolers can gain valuable life skills that will help them succeed both now and in the future. Plus, it’s one of the best ways for your child to play with other children who share similar interests. 

Wishing You a Safe & Happy Easter from Our Preschool in Raleigh

Whether you choose to spend Easter inside, outside, or a mixture of both, we hope that you and your child have a fun-filled day with our Easter ideas for toddlers! If you’re interested in visiting a 5-star child care center in Raleigh, contact us today at   919-790-6888 or fill out our contact form to schedule a tour! We have three convenient preschools in Raleigh: Spring Forest Road, North Hills Drive, and Falls of Neuse Road. We look forward to meeting you and your child!