My boys absolutely love Easter – well, the hunt anyway. I think it’s their natural inclination for hunting and gathering. They love to run all over the backyard to find Easter eggs, and compare who got the most eggs.
The only problem is that Easter baskets tend to be filled with plastic, low-quality toys and candy with enough food dye and preservatives to make kids go bonkers. I’ve been guilty of going the easy route before with pre-filled Easter baskets from the store. But as my kids get older, I’ve been using more reusable Easter products and here’s how you can too.
Reuse that Easter Basket
My oldest son has a plastic (yes, I know it’s plastic) bucket that we decorated with a foam Easter bunny face. He’s been using it for the last 5 years. Our youngest son has a felt Easter basket he’s been reusing for years too. They’ve used those baskets other times out of the year too to transport Legos, Matchbox cars – and even for Halloween trick or treating… not the the one with the bunny ears, rather my youngest son’s robot basket.
Swap Out Fake Grass for Natural Alternatives
Fill your Easter baskets with shredded paper, newspaper or fabric scraps.
Use Natural Dyes
I admit I’ve used Paas egg coloring kits in the past. But now I know about natural dyes. You can make them at home with ingredients like turmeric for yellow or beet powder for red, or you can buy a kit with natural dyes.
Give Crayons as Easter Treats
It’s so easy to recycle all those leftover bits of crayons in bunny molds (buy the mold from Target or other store) and make your own Easter crayons. Kids love doing this craft too.
Fill Easter Baskets with Plastic-Free Toys
There are so many eco-friendly options for Easter basket toys. Wooden toys, felt Easter bunnies and other figures, puzzles and more.
And what could be better than this?
Make a Healthy, Fun Easter Snack Instead of Giving Out Candy
Easter baskets these days are filled to the brim with candy. The sugar alone sends my kids into orbit, but it’s all the processed chemicals and artificial dyes that drive me nuts. Instead of giving out candy with food dyes, consider all-natural milk chocolate bars.
Or better yet, put fruit like Clementine oranges, baby apples or dried fruit in your kids’ Easter baskets. My 4 year old would love it – he eats so much fruit. You could also do mixed nuts or popcorn.
Check out more green ideas for Easter on my Pinterest board.
How do you plan to go greener for Easter this year? Share your ideas.