It's hard to believe Easter is right around the corner! For the past two years, I have been on a major purge of ALL the things. For a person who loves to shop and surround myself with beautiful and high quality items, it has taken me on a journey to find the right balance of things which "spark joy" without turning into clutter that tries to steal my happiness! For me, things must be high quality, beautiful, AND functional. One of the biggest lessons I've learned over these past few years is that with children's toys, more is not better! In fact, when I invested time, carefully paring down Holiday's belongings into high value, beautiful, and functional items, I found that she played SO MUCH MORE than when there were too many things to choose from. When we were left with the best and then I carefully organized and displayed them in a way that allows for easy play, a lot more play and imagination happen.
In view of my purging journey, I cannot, in all good conscience, offer you a list of items which will steal your joy come summer! Instead, I felt it necessary to offer you more practical and thoughtful ideas to add Easter joy to your springtime traditions. I hope you find a thing or two you and your little ones will love as much as we do!
This year's list is set up a little different. There are pictures of a lot, but not all of the items. Click links below each picture to see all the items!
Spring & Summer Wardrobe
Easter obviously coincides with the change of seasons. As the warmer days start approaching, many of us will be switching over closets and drawers for spring and summertime wear. If you'll be buying warm weather gear for your little ones, anyway, why not fill their Easter baskets with items that are both fun AND practical?! Here are some ideas!
Replenish Spring & Summer Toys
Spring is a great time to clean out broken bubble wants, random pieces of sidewalk chalk and sun-bleached pool toys. Throw out the old and start the season with fresh and fun supplies which happen to make GREAT Easter basket fillers!
Finding Dory Shell Race Diving Game
The BEST Personalized Beach Towel (these beach towels are blanket soft wash after wash)
Replenish Art Supplies
I feel like this one is only practical if you take time to get rid of the old stuff! Fresh art supplies really do inspire creativity. The rainy spring season and long summer days will be here before we know it and art is a great boredom buster!
Eeboo Watercolor Paper Pad
Backyard Nature Explorers
We all want to encourage our kids to spend more time outdoors. A great way to accomplish this is to help them fall in love with nature! Here are some of our favorite nature gear items that make amazing Easter basket surprises!
Seedles: Grow the Rainbow Sets (These are amazing! Be sure to choose your correct region)
Silbey Backyard Bird Guides (Choose your region of North American to find birds native to your backyard!)
Our Favorite Spring Reads
To quote one of my very favorite characters, Dorcas Lane from Larkrise to Candleford, books are my one weakness! As a homeschool mom, I am surrounded in children's literature 24/7. I teach as many subjects as possible using wonderful, beautiful, and lyrical children's books. I used to think that we had enough books and that Holiday was too old for picture books once she was fluently reading chapter books. I could NOT have been more wrong. Cultivating a wonderful home library has been one of the best investments we've ever made. At age 7 and a voracious reader, Holiday is still absolutely delighted by worthwhile picture books. Most are written with the intent of a parent reading to a child, so the language is sophisticated and beneficial.
Tasha Tudor's A Tale for Easter (one of my favorite children's illustrators)
Eloise Wilkin Stories: A Little Golden Book Collection (Also a favorite illustrator- this is my absolute favorite collection of Little Golden Book stories, especially for your littlest ones)
When God Made You by Jane Meyer (different book, same title as one above)
Egermeier's Bible Story Book (I like this one for kids who are reading chapter books fluently on their own)
The Jesus Storybook Bible (My favorite Bible for little ones)
A Few Extra Gift Ideas
Wellie Wishers UNO (Hopefully these come back in stock. $5 and super cute)