Somewhere along the way every holiday became about eating massive amounts of chocolate and candy, and this resourceful mommy is trying to take a stand and bring a little moderation to my children’s candy intake! Step one was confiscating all but 5 pieces of candy each at the end of Trick-or-Treat night last year.
No, I’m not a candy scrooge! I allowed the kids to trade in their bags full of uneaten candy in exchange for a cutely wrapped toy, and we donated the candy to the Sunday School.
For many families, Easter is right up there with Halloween when it comes to sweets: jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, chocolate cream eggs…..yum!
But perhaps a better idea is to put a couple of jelly-bean filled eggs in a basket along with a nice toy or two. At our house the Easter bunny leaves a trail of cotton balls everywhere he goes, so you can even hide the toys around your house!
Here are my top picks for this year’s Easter bunny special deliveries…
Purchasing a really fun Easter basket that can be re-used in the future saves you time and money in the long run!
Transformers Bumblebee Plush Basket: $9.99 Available only at Target
This basket is every little guy’s dream! No flowers and bows for your Transformers fan. Get him the Bumblebee Transformer Easter basket!
Play-Doh Spring Character 2-pack: $1.99 Available everywhere now
This chick pair or a bunny and chick set each come with two ounces of Play-doh and have fun stampers on their feet!
Littlest Pet Shop Collectible Pets: $4.99 Available at most retailers and http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/
These special edition Littlest Pet Shop Collectible Pets include an angel fish, lion, flamingo, and sea horse. Keep your eyes open for more Collectible Pets to be available through the year! Each pet is sold separately.
My Little Pony Ponyville: Celebrate Spring with Cheerilee and Toola-Roola: $5.99 Available now
Cheerilee and Toola-Roola are ready for fun with their bunny and butterfly friends! Dress them up for a day of play with the clip-on purse, skirt, and mix-and-match hairstyles. With lots of fun accessories, these little ladies make any Easter basket fun.
My Little Pony Ponyville: Easter Eggs! $10.99 Available now
Imagine an egg hunt through your home for brightly colored plastic eggs filled with….ponies! Each egg has a different Ponyville pony inside. Each set includes Cheerilee, Scootaloo, Sweetie Belle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, and Starsong ponies.
Play-Doh Spring Eggs: $3.99 Available now
This set of one dozen pastel eggs – including one golden one! – comes filled with Play-Doh! The egg color matches the color of the Play-Doh inside. I bought these for my children’s pre-school egg hunts as an alternative to candy-filled eggs and the kids were thrilled!
Fun Easter Gifts:
For children who have moved beyond egg hunts and baskets filled with small treats, these fun gifts make a great Easter surprise!
FurReal Friends Teacup Bunny: $19.99 Available now
Little fashionistas will love to take their pet on-the-go with the FurReal Friends Teacup Bunny – an adorable, furry friend that realistically responds to touch. The Teacup Bunny comes complete with a colorful spring themed bag! My daughter loves her FurReal Friends dog and purse, so I’m sure the bunny will be a hit with little girls everywhere.
Kota & Pals Hatchlings: $14.99-$16.99 Available at most major retailers or www.HasbroToyShop.com
These little Hatchlings dinosaurs are absolutely adorable and great for every dinosaur lover! The baby T-Rex, Pterodactyl, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops (each sold separately) respond to your child’s touch with a variety of movements and sounds. My son loves to “feed” his baby T-Rex and take him everywhere!
Mr. Potato Head Spud Bunny: $5.99 Available at most major retailers and http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/sbroToyShop.com
I have to admit that I never had a Mr. Potato Head when I was a child, so this little guy has a special place in my heart. Still available at an incredibly low price, this spring version of everyone’s favorite potato comes with bunny slippers, a bunny nose, and ears…along with his standard arms and eyes, of course.
My Little Pony Spring Assortment: Rainbow Dash: $5.99 Available now
My daughter plays with all of my old My Little Pony toys as well as some of these most recent additions. This particular pony is celebrating spring with her rainbow mane and tail and her festive bunny ears!
NERF Peyton Manning Vortex Mega Howler: $9.99 Available now
Enjoy your Easter meal and then head outside to throw this high flying three-fin tail football that makes a cool whistling sound as it flies through the air!
Tranformers Animated Figures – Entertainment Pack: $22.00 Available now
This entertainment pack includes two deluxe-sized figures – twin brothers Jetfire and Jetstorm – who combine to create Safeguard! These brothers are the only Autobots who can fly and are the youngest Elite Guard members of all time. Jetfire and Jetstorm will be showcased in the new episodes of the animated series debuting this spring.
My Picks for Mom!
This beautiful hand made beaded ring from Roundhouse Designs has been on my wish list since I first saw it in February. Easter bunny…..please??
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