educational Easter Basket Ideas for toddlers

From bunnies to bubbles, we’ve got you covered with unique easter basket ideas for toddlers that are not just fun but are meant to engage their senses while encouraging their development.

Hi, I’m Alexa! A nature and sensory teacher for toddlers and a passionate learning-through-play advocate. And while I love Easter baskets I bring you some ideas today to make the best of the toys you get.

Easter basket ideas for toddlers

I selected a variety of toys to help you educate and entertain your child. Use these toys in the car instead of giving them a tablet, use them at the restaurant while you wait for the food, and use them at home to encourage independent play.

So are you ready? From bunnies to bubbles, we’ve got you covered with unique easter basket ideas for toddlers that are not just fun but are meant to engage their senses while encouraging their development.

Easter Basket Ideas for toddlers
This post is all about Easter Basket Ideas for toddlers.

At this stage, toddlers are rapidly growing and exploring the world around them. The toys and items you select should align with their developmental milestones, ensuring they are both engaging and safe.

Before you choose Easter basket ideas for toddlers

Aim to get your child toys that enhance their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, language acquisition, and cognitive abilities through toys and activities.

Opt for toys that help their development
By selecting toys and activities that are suited to their age, you foster their growth and curiosity, setting a strong foundation for their future learning.

Safety first!

It is also essential to consider the safety aspect when choosing Easter basket gifts. Make sure all items are free from small parts that could pose a choking hazard and that they meet the necessary safety standards. This ensures that your child can play with their gifts without any risks.

So, let’s dive into some fantastic Easter basket ideas that are specifically designed for your toddler, combining entertainment, learning, and safety in one delightful package.

LEARNING Easter basket ideas for toddlers

Fine Motor Work Toys

Sensory play is crucial for your child’s overall development. Consider Easter-themed sensory playsets that offer different textures, shapes, and colors for your little one to explore.

Look for toys that work on color recognition, shape recognition, and counting using a hands-on approach. These playsets provide opportunities for tactile exploration, fine motor development, and sensory stimulation.

Sorting Toys to add to your Easter basket ideas for toddlers

Stacking and nesting toys are great for building your child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving abilities. Look for sets with different sizes, colors, and shapes that can be stacked or nested together. These toys help your child understand concepts like size, shape, and spatial awareness while keeping them engaged and entertained.

Puzzles For Cognitive Development

Puzzles and shape sorters not only keep them entertained but also enhance their problem-solving skills, hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and independent play.

Look for puzzles with large, chunky pieces and shape sorters with easy-to-grasp shapes. Choose Easter-themed options like these puzzles with cute bunny shapes that go from easy to hard.

Musical Instrument

Musical instruments are a great way to introduce your child to the world of music and rhythm. Egg shakers are popular in my classes and a must in every home.

These Haba-colored eggs are safe for those still putting things in their mouth. Includes 5 rainbow-colored wooden eggs each of which makes a different sound and works on developing the sense of hearing. These toys encourage your child to explore different sounds. A great skill to work on during this time is to get them ready for reading when they get to kindergarten.


Activity Books

Look for Easter-themed activity books that include coloring pages, mazes, and simple puzzles. These books provide hours of fun while enhancing your child’s cognitive abilities

Interactive Books

Prewriting Toys

These scribble tables are one of my favorite items to keep in the car at all times. They can work on creating squiggles, practice their letters, and be very creative with their drawings.

Interactive Activities with Stickers

These stickers allow you to create your easter characters by choosing which eyes, mouth and nose go with each one. It’s a great game for kids of all ages but I love it for toddlers because of its simplicity and size which makes them easier to handle for little fingers.

Reusable Sticker Activity Books

These books are great for traveling, at the restaurant, or when you are waiting to see the doctor. Reusable stickers work on language development along with fine motor skills and it’s a great addition to your basket!

By including books and interactive learning materials in your 18-month-old’s Easter basket, you’re nurturing their love for reading, language development, and cognitive skills. These materials provide endless learning opportunities.

Interactive Book

Books are a fantastic way to engage your toddler’s growing language and cognitive skills. Look for interactive books with colorful illustrations, touch-and-feel elements, and flaps to lift.

I also love books with great stories and learning concepts. In class, I always do color-mixing activities with the White Bunny 🐰 book. As the bunny dips himself in the buckets we mix the colors on paper the kids love it and is a great way to expand the activity.

Sensory and tactile toys for Easter baskets

Sensory toys are great toys to keep in your bag at all times. These bunnies are great for color recognition as well as to help manage stress and fine motor strength. They are cute for the basket and the suction cups make them a great addition for playtime at restaurants.


Suction Cup popups

These are also super cute and great additions to baskets of kids of all ages.

PLyadough Toy

Playdough and modeling clay: Playdough and modeling clay are excellent for promoting sensory exploration, fine motor skills, and creativity. Look for Easter-themed playdough sets that include pastel colors, bunny-shaped molds, or egg-shaped cutters. These toys allow your child to squeeze, mold, and shape their creations, fostering their imagination and tactile senses.

Scavenger Hunt Game for Toddlers

When going outdoors is not an option, a scavenger hunt is a great idea to do. I have a similar game (no longer available for purchase) and we love playing at home. The cards are easy to use by toddlers because of the imagery and when you hide them around the house, they use all their active energy and problem-solving skills.

Personalized Hand-woven Easter Basket

End with the basket you will fill out. Choose a large basket that can fit bulky toys and stuffed animals.

I love this customizable basket that is not only made with really good natural materials offering a Montessori approach but it also enhances letter recognition through their name label.

Soft Plush Toys

1. Soft plush toys: Soft and cuddly plush toys make for a perfect Easter surprise. Look for options that are safe for young children, such as those made from hypoallergenic materials and with securely stitched eyes and noses.

Opt for animal-themed plushies like bunnies, ducks, or lambs to keep with the Easter theme. These toys provide comfort, promote imaginative play, and can even become a beloved companion for your little one.

when my son was little and I was getting him used to his room for nap times I got him a bunny. His name was Maggie and every time he would nap I would put Maggie with him. It became his companion and made independent naps a lot easier.

And to finish, I always love a good outfit and this sweater is my favorite one this year!

Celebrate in style!

Girl Easter Sweater

Boy Easter T-Shirt

Creating a memorable Easter experience for your toddler is all about finding the perfect balance between fun and educational.

With our carefully curated selection of Easter basket ideas, you can provide your little ones with a delightful surprise that engages their senses and fosters their development.

From DIY baskets that showcase your creativity to personalized egg hunt kits that add an extra element of excitement, there are endless possibilities to make this Easter truly special. Remember, it’s not just about the chocolate and candy, but also about creating lasting memories and building important skills.

So, this Easter, think outside the box and give your toddler a basket filled with love, creativity, and learning. Watch their eyes light up with excitement as they discover the treasures hidden inside, and cherish the moments of laughter and delight that will make this Easter a truly unforgettable one Happy Easter!