by Laurie Schacht - Toy Insider Mom
When I think of Easter, the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate—chocolate bunnies, that is! My dad used to give us the Russel Stover brand, as they were a favorite for both my parents and grandparents. I was always so excited to see that little chocolatey bunny in my Easter basket, with its big ears and candy eyes. It was a family tradition.
There are a lot of delicious candy choices, so it can be easy to give kids a year's worth of sugar in one little Easter basket. While a little bit of candy is fine, overindulgence is not. So what do you fill the Easter basket with?
How about trying a new tradition, alongside your kids' favorite chocolate treats? There are plenty of Easter-basket-sized toys out there on the market that fit into every budget. It's so easy to find items for under $20 that your kids will love. The items below are toys, activities, and plush that your kids will love to add to their larger collections. You can also fill baskets with books, coloring books, and even DVDs and CDs. With so many great options to choose from, you may even find it tough to fit the candy in!
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Vehicles, from VTech
With the new Go! Go! Smart Wheels, kids ages 1-and-up can cruise into the learning zone. These electronic play vehicles are perfectly sized for little hands and entertain children with a light-up button that activates music and sounds. Little ones can also learn about different letters and vehicle names through pretend play. A new ATV, convertible, bulldozer, airplane, and dump truck join the line-up that already includes a car, van, truck, ambulance, fire truck, police car, tow truck, helicopter, cement mixer, tractor, and two race cars. At just $7.99, these cute little cars are an adorable and smart addition to any kid's vehicle play collection.
Bunny Ears and Boingers, from DEMDACO
DEMDACO's decorative headband with bunny ears features a trendy sparkly fabric bow that is adorable for little bunnies of all ages. The soft bunny boinger has a spring-themed stain ribbon. Boingers are sound-activated characters that "boing" when they are thrown, and provide cute companions for all the kids in your family. At just $9.00 each, DEMDACO provides cute spring products that will keep the fun going even beyond Easter morning.
My Studio Girl 3D Magic Dough, from University Games
These air-dry modeling kits for kids ages 8-and-up come with easy-to-follow instructions so kids can build their own sculptures that dry solid with no baking required. Each kit allows kids to create a 2.5-inch figure. The kits include everything that is needed to make cute keepsakes, such as a dog, ladybugs, a cat, a nesting owl, a hippo, and a cat on a mat with fun accessories. The 3D Magic Dough is perfectly measured to make each component of each little animal. All of this fun included at the low price point of $4.99 will allow you to fill up your kids' baskets with hours of fun!
Elektrokidz, from WowWee
Elektrokidz are the first ever music-inspired figurines whose hair dance to the beat of the music you are listening to. There are six unique Elektrokidz in six unique finishes, including black matte and shiny gold. Each of the Elektrokidz comes with their own stylized shades and its own special hair movement that sways to the beat. Since no two Elektrokidz hair dances the same way, kids ages 6-and-up can collect them all. Each Elektrokid is $19.99, so while kids are collecting, mom and dad aren't breaking the bank.
Easter, of course, is all about the eggs. What better way to celebrate than with a good old-fashioned egg dunk and then opening even more eggs filled with play possibilities!
GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, from GoldieBlox
GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank is a storybook with a construction kit. In this story, Goldie and her friends devise a plan to get her dog Nacho clean in time for the carnival. Kids ages 4-and-up read the story and build along to solve the problem of the dirty dog. This kit helps kids build special skills, engineering principles such as hinges and levers, reading skills, and confidence in problem solving. GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank comes equipped with three design idea starters, and is also compatible with the other GoldieBlox toys for unlimited building possibilities. The kit includes a storybook, an animal figurine, a bouncy ball, all the pieces needed to construct the tank, and two targets.
Hexbug Nano V2 Easter Eggs, from Innovation First
The Hexbug Nano Easter Egg is dressed and ready to hop right into kids' Easter baskets. Each Nano is packaged in a cute little Easter egg and is outfitted with a pair of mini, removable pink bunny ears. The Hexbug Nano V2 Easter Eggs are available in an assortment of colors, including blue, yellow, green, pink, and purple. Kids ages 3-and-up will love these cute little crawling friends.
Glitzi Globes Surprise Egg, from Moose Toys
Kids ages 5-and-up can start their gorgeous Glitzi collection with the new Glitzi Globes Surprise Egg. The egg comes with everything you need to create one complete Glitter Globe, so kids can make'em and then shake ‘em up!
Zelfs Surprise Egg, from Moose Toys
When the sun goes away, these lil' Zelfs are ready to come out and play! Each quirky lil' Zelf comes in a surprise egg and has a matte, glitter, or pearl finish. With 36 to collect in all, girls ages 5-and-up will love to display their Zelfs in the eggs or using them as pencil toppers to show off their crazy, colorful hair.
The Trash Pack Series 6 2-Pack, from Moose Toys
The Series 6 Rotten Egg Trashies is the most egg-citing series yet. Each Rotten Egg contains two new series 6 characters and a collector's guide for easy reference of all the new Trashies, including Eggstinct Trash, Scrambled Animals, Hardboiled Trash, Eggs-cavated Trash, and more. Rotten Egg Trashies are perfectly putrid additions to any Easter basket for boy ages 5-and-up!
Skylanders Characters, from Activision
We all know that kids love Skylanders and Activision has released a wide variety of products that are perfect for your child's Easter basket this year. Fryno, Punk Shock, and Springtime Trigger Happy will be available in special limited-edition Spring Edition packaging while supplies last. Springtime Trigger Happy is one of the most unique Skylanders of the bunch, featuring a completely new spring-themed design that comes to life in the game. Kids ages 6-and-up will love these new spring variations on some of their favorite friends!
So ditch the bags upon bags of candy and switch up your Easter basket traditions a little bit. Mix the sweet with the fun by adding these great toys for kids of all ages and parents of all budgets!
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