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Easter for a 15-Month Old

Just curious if you moms have any innovative ideas about what could be done to make Easter exciting for my toddler. I want him to enjoy the holiday without loading him up with sugar. :) Thanks!

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! for the great ideas. They were really, so helpful. I never thought of putting cherrios or goldfish in the eggs. I appreciate all the responses. Hopefully I can find everything last minute!

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My son was 11 months at easter and I also did not want a ton a sugar. (gramas do enough of that) For his basket I bought spring shapes grahm crackers ( we got bug ones) and Easter marshmallows. I know this is still some sugar but a better choice than chocolate eggs. Also I would try to buy a spring or Easter board book. Maybe a new snuggly stuffed duck or rabbit. As he gets older new sunglasses, a sun or baseball hat, bubbles, a movie, a baseball glove and ball(they make felt and velcro sets, a character beach towel. I always try to put it in something interesting that is more of a gift than just the basket. I have used a plastic dump truck, wheel barrow, sand pails, and last year actually used a plastic kiddie pool. He is now 4. hope this helps with some ideas.

I had twin girls who were around 15 months at Easter as well. I filled their eggs with Cheerios and those Gerber fruit and veggie puffs. Then I had them find their eggs, just like their big brother. They still made noise when you shook them, but they were filled with things appropriate for them. Good luck and have a wonderful Easter!

N.

You can put a couple of sweets but what I did for my nephews at that age I also put some toys in there bath toys
and maybe some bubblies with supervision.Maybe some new sippy cups

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Hi there, my son is also 15 months old (today actually) and we have his basket set. We got him Crayola Tadoodles crayons that are egg shaped that are easy for him to hold, a bag of colorful goldfish crackers (he likes the purple and green ones), construction paper to color on, one of the Fisher Price Amazing animals, and gerber fruit strips. We are also going to color eggs (mommy will daddy and Luca will watch) and hide a few big plastic eggs for him to 'find'. I know my parents are making him a basket as well with a stuffed bunny and some little people and a book. Last year we got him a 'baby bible' boardbook bible from Walmart. He sits in bed and reads it in the evenings so even though he doesn't know what it means yet he really likes it. Good luck!

This is our baby's first Easter, so we have the Gerber puffs and dried fruit, some chocolate-covered animal crackers, an Easter bib, bunny slippers, etc. Something good for a little boy might be one of those big plastic Tonka trucks or the Little People trucks (I think they go for maybe $8, give or take, at Target or WalMart and are made for toddlers) or an Easter coloring book with those Crayolas made for little hands (they are bulb shaped with just a little tip of crayon peeking out).

All these ideas are great, I usually put sunglasses in their baskets as well.

I agree with not wanting to load the kids up on sugar. I have a 3 1/2 year old and an 18 month old myself. We started the tradition of putting a brand new bathing suit in thier Easter baskets. Right now Bathing Suits are everywhere. You could try little travel toys for the car maybe a magnadoodle or a book. I try to get just a little candy that they can both have. Also this year we are going to fill Easter eggs with the Toddler Fruit Snacks for my 18 month old. My 3 1/2 year old will get regular fruit snacks. If you take them out of the package they will never know it isn't candy. I have not colored eggs with either of my kids. I think they are still too young. Maybe next year.

Good luck.

Easter egg hunts are always fun. You can put small healthy foods, toy cars, etc. in the eggs. I like to put small amounts of money in the eggs and then let them put the money in their piggy banks. Just make sure none of the things are a choking hazard and you and your son will have fun.

I have a 22 month old and last year, The "Easter Bunny" brought him a basket with a movie(Charolettes Web)with astuffed pig, a bath tub toy, and BOOKS. We gave a book on farm animals. This year I think we will do the movie again, and a book of the resurrection of Jesus. Also, we got the plastic Easter eggs and will put cheerios, teddy grahams, and other snacks in. He also loves to get stickers! OF course he will probably get a few M&M's :-)

Hi K.,

My name is T.. I am a 42 year-old mother of 2 ages 10 and 14. I have just about cut out the sweets for Easter. We are a Christian family and I don't really like the "Easter bunny" anyway. I buy my kids small spring time toys; kites, frisbees, floats for the pool, type of things. The grandparents always fill in the candy. I do usually buy each a small chocolate bunny. You have to have a little fun :-).
The kids have fun looking forward to some play time when the weather gets better.

Hope this helps.

My twins are now five. What I have been doing for Easter for the past couple yrs, is to pile up ALL the healthier version goodies into what I think would be a good large serving. Then I divide it up and put it into the plastic eggs, which I hide.

Interestingly, they don't end up eating all the snacks at once, usually.

I put organic dried fruits: mangos, raisins, apples, cranberries, maybe a few organic chocolate chips, pieces of my own homemade Larabars, a couple natural "M&M's" etc. I hide a few little toys in there too, so they get more eggs. Just usually small things I already have laying around the house.

HTH,

Mary K.

I usually fill my kids baskets with "spring essentials" sandles, swim suits, umbrellas, kites etc. I added a small bag of candy last year and they totally threw it aside and were more excited about the other stuff.

Also, familyfun.com has some great craft ideas if you are looking for things to do with your little one.

try filling the plastic eggs with cheerios or other edible finger foods - just and much fun to find, and healthy too!

K.,
Yesterday at WalMart I found Russel Stover sugar free 4" hollow bunnies, sf choc. eggs and sf string licorice for grass. I have 3 children on sugar restrictions and tons of diabetics in the family. They can enjoy some candy along with the games as hunting eggs. We fill plastic eggs with candy every year but I usually have to go to a choc. store to find sf things. If you choose to go christian then they also have sf jelly beans that will corrispond with the christian bean story for the meanings of all the colors that relate them to christ. If your strickly Jesus driven then celebrating easter is made fun through learning how much Christ loves the little children. Let the church family help you with this one.
At his age he will not really understand the reason for easter. So just make it a hide and find game and keep it simple.
Good Luck,
C.H.

It depends on what you're wanting out of Easter for her. If you view Easter as just a fun "Bunny" holiday then there are always community Easter egg hunts and printable coloring pages online. If you view Easter as a celebration of what Christ did for us; then there are so many great books you can get at any Christian book store. We have one that talks about all the fun things at Easter like eggs, bunnies, chicks, candy, dresses etc., but then talks about the "best" thing about Easter, "Jesus". Introducing this at an early age is very easy and fun. They also have "ressurection" eggs w/ no candy inside at any Christian book store.

We have a tradition in our house.....the Easter Bunny HIDES the Easter baskets....so you can walk your toddler around saying "Where do you think that Easter Bunny hid that basket? it makes it a lot of fun for them.
We are doing a Easter Egg Hunt and having toddler games after the hunt....mini cornhole toss, race...where they all get stickers, prizes...etc....
Good luck..... :)

For my son's first Easter I bought him the Gerber Graduate fruit snacks, granola bars and the puffs, pudding and jello and a toy. He liked everything but the jello. :)

Color eggs, my toddlers both love hard boiled eggs. You can put them in a bowl and have him spoon the color over. If you are crafty you can make an Easter Bunny, get some fun colorful books, coloring books,Maybe some carrots to munch on. Also, you can buy croissont rolls, roll the dough and make it look like bunnies and then bake them.

We have always had our kids color Easter eggs, it does get messy, for the Easter Bunny to hide. They really enjoy it and they are 11 and 8 now. I hide the eggs around the house early in the morning, just make a chart where they are all put so he doesn't miss any. Also we hide the basket too. You could do a map for him to find them he might think that is pretty cool. In the basket they get one toy that is kinda inexpesive a ball or coloring book and crayons whatever he likes to do. They also get one book, when they were younger it was an Easter related book now they are chapter books. Then the usually a few jelly beans, small hollow chocolate bunny, and candy that dh likes because after one day everything gets put up.

Hope that gives you a few ideas. Happy Easter!

J.

When my daughter was that age she didn't understand the hunting for the Easter basket on Easter morning. So what I did was make a trail, a treasure hunt if you will, throughout the house with the Easter basket at the end! You could make a trail of plastic Easter Eggs with something OTHER than candy inside, or maybe a trail of baby carrots (left by the Easter Bunny of course) with a plastic egg every so often filled with just a few Jelly Beans or something eventually leading to the basket. Maybe some tuffs of bunny fur for the trail (small pieces of cotton balls torn off)This will make the event last longer and get him involved. Put minimal candy in the basket and put little gifts in it instead. Stickers, a silly book, a ball etc. Family will provide enough candy and sweets for him that day! You provide the fun and the memories! Don't forget to let him hide carrots and lettuce the night before and make sure it has bunny nibbles out of it by the next morning! Have fun! That's what its all about!

You can put a couple of sweets but what I did for my nephews at that age I also put some toys in there bath toys
and maybe some bubblies with supervision.Maybe some new sippy cups

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For my son, we still hid plastic Easter eggs, but we put gold fish, cheerios, fruit chews, and other snacks in them. He loved looking for them (once he understood there were treats inside). Now that he's older, he loves trucks, so we put a toy truck in his Easter basket with the snacks.

Good luck!
P.

my little ones loves having egg hunts around the house!

My daughter was about that age for her first Easter that she'd actually remember. I made her a fun Easter basket filled with her favorite snacks (Gerber Graduates were among them), an Easter book, a new fun sippy cup, a small soft toy, gold fish crackers, fruit snacks, etc.
Hope those ideas help!

Hi K.!

What I try to do every year for my boys, ages 11 and 6, is make easter eggs. This has been a tradition ever since I was little, so it's fun for me to carry it on to my children. You may think your toddler is too young for this, but he will love doing it. It's safe and easy~as you probably already know. Also, you could buy him some learning toys and books. He will cherish these forever. An easter egg hunt is always fun, too. It will keep him busy for at least half an hour or so. I hope I was of some help to you. Have a Happy Easter!

P. G

Well my advice would be since he is an active one is to get him a mechanical toy,that is what I got for most of my grandchildren..You can go to the clearance Isle and get things reasonable too!

Well, the egg hunt is a good activity to work off any sugar, and maybe you can hide the eggs again...and again...and again...

We always put raisins, Teddy Grahams, etc. in our daughter's basket along with the candy. And we ration how much she can have in one day.

Good luck!

LOTS of plastic Easter eggs! My kids all love to hunt for Easter eggs, even if there isn't anything in them. You could put some surprises in a few of the eggs, too.

Every year we put together a basket of toys and puzzles, clothes, etc. Then we do another basket of natural snacks, chips and 1 small rabbit and maybe a couple of hard chocolate things. They kids enjoy it.

I had twin girls who were around 15 months at Easter as well. I filled their eggs with Cheerios and those Gerber fruit and veggie puffs. Then I had them find their eggs, just like their big brother. They still made noise when you shook them, but they were filled with things appropriate for them. Good luck and have a wonderful Easter!

N.

When my nephew was little, we would hide pastic eggs, but inside we would put easter stickers,little bags of animal crackers, gift certificates to plaecs to take him
that he really likes to go. For his basket we put animal crackers, jelly beans, juice boxes, books and sometimes an outfit and of course a toy like bubbles or sidewalk chalk.
He really seemed to enjoy it.Hope this helps you a little bit.
Have a great day!! and have fun with it, he's little and will enjoy anything you come up with!!!
Mom of 2 ages 5 and 10

We usually buy like puddings,applesauses, and jellos. We even buy fruit juices. We also fruit snacks.

Hi K.!

My son was almost 15 months last year for Easter. I didn't give him any candy! I bought large tye dyed eggs and filled them with his favorite things at the time: Little People and Matchbox cars! I also included a set of board books, animal crackers (in the box with the string so he could carry them around, which he absolutely LOVED), and a stuffed bunny.

He really liked opening and closing the eggs. I ended up keeping those things for months because he loved playing with them. He really had no clue, but I loved it.

Good luck!

My son was 11 months at easter and I also did not want a ton a sugar. (gramas do enough of that) For his basket I bought spring shapes grahm crackers ( we got bug ones) and Easter marshmallows. I know this is still some sugar but a better choice than chocolate eggs. Also I would try to buy a spring or Easter board book. Maybe a new snuggly stuffed duck or rabbit. As he gets older new sunglasses, a sun or baseball hat, bubbles, a movie, a baseball glove and ball(they make felt and velcro sets, a character beach towel. I always try to put it in something interesting that is more of a gift than just the basket. I have used a plastic dump truck, wheel barrow, sand pails, and last year actually used a plastic kiddie pool. He is now 4. hope this helps with some ideas.

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