Fun Easter basket filler ideas that are not candy

Looking for Easter basket filler ideas for your children’s baskets?


Look no further! I have some ideas that are unique and interesting, and that your children will surely love!


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Easter is quickly approaching and you may be stuck and wondering what you should put in your child’s or children’s Easter baskets…well don’t fret. I’ve come up with some good, fun Easter basket filler ideas that are NOT candy and that have a bit of Montessori element to them!

Traditionally, Easter baskets were filled mostly of candy…chocolate, jelly beans, and a few random toys that parents could find. Nowadays, you can really put together some great Easter baskets, that doesn’t necessarily have to include tons of candy.



Ideas that are not candy

Let’s face it, I’m pretty sure your children will get enough candy for Easter. So why not add some items in their Easter basket that can be used and provide hours of fun even after Easter is over?! This is why I came up with this list of ideas that are NOT candy, to provide you some alternatives to that giant, chocolate Easter bunny!


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Candy is temporary…

Don’t get me wrong, when my girls were younger, they always enjoyed indulging in all the yummy Easter candy. But candy is temporary and that sugar rush only lasts so long! The items below that I suggest are meant to provide experiences as a family; which fortunately will last longer than the hour sugar rush from some Easter candy.


Fun Easter basket filler ideas that are not candy!

These are just some of my favorite items that I was able to come up with to help you with ideas to fill your children’s Easter baskets. My girls are both too old for Easter baskets, but I have a few nieces that I will be making baskets for, so I decided to share some of the fun ideas I found with you as well! Enjoy!


1. Crafts

Craft kits are a great way for children to express their creativity skills while making something fun! These kits provide an open ended activity that allows children to create their special masterpiece!



2. Books

Books are always a great idea, no matter the occasion! Provide your child a great at home library to help your child become a lover of books, literacy and an avid reader!



3. Card games

Card games are not only fun, but can be educational and teach skills like turn taking, patience, and good sportsmanship. These are great for the whole family!




4. Personalized items

Personalized name puzzles are a great and unique way for children to strengthen their cognitive skills while learning the letters of their name and how to spell it! The personalization of the puzzles make this even more special than other puzzles! Or, check out the personalized name crayons too, they are just as fun as name puzzles!



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5. Coloring books

Coloring books provide endless hours of fun for any child (or adult)! Like reading books, you can’t go wrong with coloring books, as children love to color! Coloring is good for fine motor skill development, eye hand coordination and focus.



6. Games

Games are great family fun! Children can learn important skills like following directions and rules, ordinal numbers ( who goes, first, second, etc.), and how to work collectively!




7. Manipulatives

Manipulatives are such a fun way for children to use their imagination and create almost anything they would like! These allow children various textures and forms to manipulate and engage in open free play!


8. Tees

Get in the Easter spirit with any one of these cute tees! These are all so cute and festive, you may want to grab one for yourself and everyone else in your family and make it a family Easter affair!



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What to take from this

In the end, no one knows your child better than you do, so use these Easter basket filler ideas as a starting point. I tried to provide some fun and different Easter basket filler ideas with this list, to hopefully give you some help on choosing things that you may not have thought of! The most important thing is to keep it fun and choose items that your children will enjoy!



Do you have any faves from the list? What other things do you typically put in your children’s Easter basket? Share all your fun ideas in the comments for other parents!


Happy Easter basket filling!

Anitra J.



  1. These are great ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  2. I have a little one with multiple food allergies, so I’m always coming up with alternatives for holiday treats. Thanks!

  3. Amber says:

    I love these ideas. I’m not really in to giving my little one sugar so this is perfect. She’s a huge fan of books too!

  4. Great ideas! That bunny game looks super cute!

  5. Awesome ideas. I love the ones that help kiddos learn! The name puzzles are so cute!

  6. Thank you so much for this! I will definitely be using these ideas.

  7. love these ideas.. thanks a lot

  8. Love all these ideas! My teens would enjoy books, puzzles and games. What a great idea to minimize candy

  9. Oh! I love this! I always hate giving candy as we still have some from 2 Halloween’s ago! Great list! Although we had that playfoam stuff, and the feel of it was sooo weird my kids refused to use it!

  10. Kimmy says:

    These are some cute ideas!

  11. These are such great ideas! My daughter doesn’t like candy, so I have been trying to figure out what I’d put in there.

  12. I love this. I try to limit candy and always include a book in my kiddo’s baskets!

  13. I love all these fillers. Easter doesn’t have to be all about candy!

  14. Audrey says:

    Such cute ideas! I love the idea of the foam slime and coloring books!

  15. Prerna says:

    Amazing ideas.Thanks for sharing.

  16. What great ideas! I like the crafts, cards and books!

  17. Kelly says:

    I’ll be using some of these ideas for my niece’s Easter basket this year!

  18. These are all great non candy ideas! I’ll be using them this year!

  19. I love the idea of preparing an Easter basket with crafts and books! The kids always get so much chocolate at Easter anyway!

  20. These are all great ideas for a fun filled easter day! My nephews will love this!

  21. Wow! Parents can adapt these ideas to their children’s ages and interests, and include a mix of items that can be used and enjoyed beyond the Easter holiday. It’s great to see how Montessori principles can be integrated into everyday parenting and holiday traditions.

  22. These are all such great ideas! I love switching it up a bit and not making baskets just candy. It’s so much fun to get something like games and coloring books because the fun lasts a bit longer. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. Rose Ann Sales says:

    Wow! What a really great ideas you have here! Thanks for sharing this with us

  24. I love this idea! We already have too much candy during Halloween so having a non-candy Easter basket sounds great. I think my daughter would enjoy an Easter-themed activity book or some games.

  25. These are all great Easter basket ideas and yes, there are tons of items, and they don’t have to be candy.

  26. These are all great ideas! My kids would love books and card games

  27. Anita says:

    I love your idea of doing something other than candy for Easter baskets. Candy is fun in the moment, but the books and activities will have a more lasting effect.

  28. I absolutely love your Easter basket filler ideas! It’s so refreshing to see alternatives to the traditional candy-filled baskets. Your suggestions of incorporating Montessori elements like manipulatives and personalized items not only make for fun Easter treats but also promote learning and development. Your emphasis on knowing your child and choosing items that they will enjoy is spot on. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful and creative list of Easter basket ideas!

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