Cheap Easter Basket Ideas (That are Still Meaningful!)

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Cheap Easter Baskets

 

One of my favorite Easter traditions that I just love doing each year is unEaster baskets. (If you’ve never heard of this fun and meaningful tradition, you can read more about it here.)

Whether you do unEaster baskets or a traditional Easter basket, one thing is for sure, the cost of the items in the basket can add up really fast! Especially if you have multiple children!

For multiple reasons, this year the budget is low for Easter gifts. Like, really low, pretty much no budget! Since maybe you are in a similar place I wanted to share some of what I have come up with as creative ways to still have something meaningful in those Easter baskets while not spending much.

10+ Cheap Easter Basket Ideas

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#1 Home Made Treats

Skip the more expensive fancy Easter candies and bake your kiddos their favorite treats! Right now my oldest is loving homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies and my toddler is all about anything with sprinkles on it! They will be super excited to see their favorite cookies in their Easter baskets.

Another fun idea would be to tuck in some granola or breakfast bars for something to munch on before heading off to church!

#2 Mom or Dad Date Coupon

This doesn’t need to be for a fancy event either – kids just crave that one-on-one time with mama or daddy! I’m thinking of putting in a few coupons for my oldest to do an art project together and my toddler loves baking with mom! Some other ideas are a park date, snuggling up with a good book, an at-home movie night, or a cheap outing like a donut date!

Such an easy, no-cost addition to your cheap Easter basket!

#3 Wash Cloth Bunny

I saw this cute little bunny on Facebook originally and thought it would be a really inexpensive addition to an Easter basket! You could pair it with some kid’s soap (hey, gotta buy soap anyway right?) or a homemade bath bomb.

#4 Origami Creatures

My oldest has just started getting into origami, so I know he would really enjoy an Easter basket decorated with some fun Easter themed origami (try Art for Kids Hub for easy video instructions). Tuck in some inexpensive origami paper and an “origami date” coupon to make it a complete package!

#5 Handmade Gift

Depending on the type of craft medium, handmade gifts can sometimes be really expensive. However, I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of collecting a large stash of unused craft materials!

Use up some of your stash to make a fun handmade gift for your kiddo!

I’m thinking of making a simple costume with some left over fabric. Get creative and resourceful with what you already have laying around!

#6 Scavenger Hunt

What kid doesn’t love following clues to find a surprise!? Do a quick google search for “kid’s scavenger hunt” or make up your own personal clues. Print it out and tuck the first clue in their Easter basket!

Or, use these fun Easter story themed clues from the Happy Home Fairy and go on a scavenger hunt for the basket itself! So fun!

#7 Homemade Play Dough

Are you sensing a theme of going homemade? It’s such a simple way to keep things cheap! And you can’t go wrong with Play Dough made from pantry items you already have on hand! Package it in plastic Easter eggs to make it extra fun!

Here is a simple recipe like we’ve made before!

#8 Do a Budget Borrow

One way to make a little extra room in the budget is to steal from another budget category by including something you were already going to need to purchase anyway.

I am planning on purchasing my son one of these awesome missionary biographies to read together, but I’m going to include it in the budget under his school supplies. Sneaky!

Some other ideas could be: other school or art supplies, personal hygiene supplies (yay for new toothbrushes!), rain boots, or garden seeds.

Doing this doesn’t necessarily make for a cheap Easter basket, but can make it easier to fit it in the budget.

#9 Buy Used

A while back I scored some awesome picture books super cheap at a library sale and I’m wishing now I would have saved some of them aside for Easter baskets! I might still pop into my favorite thrift store to see if they have a few nice books (usually only like $0.50!).

Whether it’s the thrift store, garage sale, Facebook BST groups, or hand-me-downs – used gifts are totally great! 

#10 Experiment Kits

What it is about “science experiments” that kids adore? My son is always asking to do experiments!

How easy would it be to package up some of the ingredients for simple kitchen science experiments? Print out the instructions and tape them to your “kit” and it’s a mess making kiddos dream! 🙂

#11 Bible Journal

A while back I purchased a really nice, spiral bound sketchbook for only a few dollars at Walmart for my oldest to use as his Bible journal. A notebook, sketchbook, or journal to use along with Bible reading would be a great addition to a cheap Easter basket.

#12 A Family Heirloom

What items do you have that might be gathering dust on your shelf, but would make a really meaningful gift for your child? Maybe the Bible you used as a kid? The stuffed animal you grew up snuggling? A special piece of jewelry?

Raid your storage (or maybe Grandma’s attic!) for something special you could pass down to your child.

Cheap Easter Baskets

I hope that gives you a good start to get your own ideas flowing for a cheap Easter basket!

Just don’t forget that what’s in that basket isn’t the real focus of Easter morning. Don’t be afraid to keep it really simple and focus on the resurrection!

Journey with Jesus to the Cross: A Lenten Bible Reading Plan for the Family

**Note: scroll down to the end of this post to find out how to get the FREE printable reading plan and calendar!**

Have you ever wondered why we make a big to-do about the countdown leading up to Christmas, but Easter tends to get a major lack of fanfare?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good Advent calendar. However, Easter Sunday is the cornerstone of our faith. Without the death and resurrection, the baby born in the manger is just another baby. Right?

This is why I LOVE Lent.

Although it is not as commonly celebrated among some denominations, the observation of Lent seems to be on the rise in recent years, which is awesome! While it is definitely not mandated to observe, Lent is a wonderfully beautiful way to spend the time leading up to Easter in reflection and anticipation.

But how do you incorporate a 40+ day holiday with kids?

When I was thinking through how I would like to introduce the season of Lent to my young children, I knew I wanted to do two things: first, make it about Jesus and second, keep it simple. 

If the goal of Lent is to direct your focus towards Jesus’ work on the cross, what a better way to do that than to follow Jesus on his own journey to the cross by reading his words each day?

40 days of meditating and reflecting on the wisdom, commands, rebukes, and comfort that Jesus spoke during his time on earth. 40 days of drawing closer to him through the reading, and the doing, of his words.

Now, if we were going to be successful at doing anything for 40+ days straight, it needed to be easy to follow and implement. I also wanted something that would give a visual to my kids of how many days we had left leading up to Easter. That is where the idea for a countdown calendar of some sort came from. Plus, each day has the verse already labeled on it, that way once you’re set up, you don’t have to do any more prep throughout the 40 days.

Setting up this devotional is easy!

First, print out the pages.

Then, cut out the pieces.

Finally, hang on the wall to create a path, placing the empty tomb at the end. Use the picture of Jesus to mark which piece of the path you are currently on.

The scriptures are listed in the general order of appearance in the Bible, but it doesn’t matter too much if a few get mixed around. Just try and start with the first one listed (Matthew 4:17) and use the pieces designated with the cross in the bottom right corner for Holy Week.

Since the 40 days of Lent do not include Sundays, there are five “Sunday pieces” with a large cross and “John 14:15” written underneath. Place these where the Sundays fall along your path and use them as a day to reflect back on what you read that week, brainstorming together ways you can actually live out the words Jesus spoke.


Excuse the mess! 🙂

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The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

Easter. Quite possibly the cutest holiday of them all.

Fluffy bunnies, baby chicks, little lambs.

Easter baskets, painted eggs, and lots of candy.

Definitely cute. Precious even!

The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

This, however, is where the problem lies. Because, if we are trying to focus on the true meaning of Easter, what do we find?

Betrayal.

Pain.

Sorrow.

Death.

Yes, on Easter Sunday we celebrate resurrection and new life. But to get there we must travel the heart wrenching path that leads you to the cross. 

The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

The last few years when Easter rolls around, I’ve found myself dragging my feet when it comes to covering the story with my son. Sure, we talk about the gospel routinely, but there is something about Easter and the nitty gritty aspects of the story that gives me pause.

You see…

We talk about Palm Sunday and I see myself among the crowds who don’t understand Jesus.

We talk about the disciples napping while Jesus prays and fleeing while he is bound and I am confronted with my own weakness. 

We talk about the crowds shouting for Jesus to be crucified and my own hard heart is exposed.

We talk about Jesus hanging from the cross and I am reminded that it is my own sin and rebellion that nailed him there. 

It is messy, painful, and humbling. Decidedly not cute.

The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

So, what is a parent to do? Skip over the pain and death altogether? Maybe fluff it up a bit? Save the hard truth for later…for when they are more… ready?

The problem with this plan is where the fluffy version of Easter may be light and happy, the way of the cross is the way of depth and meaning. Yes, it is the way of pain, but it is also the way of ultimate joy.

The suffering of the cross is the path to the joy of Resurrection Sunday. The empty tomb. Humanity redeemed.

It is a difficult path. But it is a path forged by our Savior.

So, I face my own sin and I lead my children down that same path.

They may not understand the full depth of the betrayal, the crowds, the thorny crown, and the forsaken Savior. But their small hearts are open wide and ready to know of this God who loved them so.

The Problem With Teaching Your Kids About Easter

Looking for resources on sharing the Easter story with your children? Try Resurrection Eggs or this round up of easy last minute ideas. I also loved this post from ohAmanda on talking to kids about the hard parts of the Easter story.

 

Four Last Minute Ways To Make Easter Meaningful

Four Last Minute Ways To Make Easter Meaningful

In my post on Resurrection Eggs, I shared that somehow Easter always sneaks up on me. I go in with grand intentions of doing all sorts of amazing activities starting at the beginning of Lent. However, every year I find myself scrambling at the last minute, trying to find a way to make Easter meaningful.

The good news is – Easter is already incredibly meaningful. The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ don’t need a lot of fancy hullabaloo to make them more noteworthy. Even if you find yourself scrambling at the last minute, all you need is something simple to keep the focus on Jesus.

Here are some of my favorite ideas I’ve found to make Easter meaningful

1. Resurrection Eggs!

I know that I’ve already shared about these, but I think it bears repeating. They are great. And SO EASY. We have had a super crazy week, but we’ve managed to do two of our eggs still. If you’re a little behind on getting started, no worries. It is super easy to just double up on the eggs each day. In fact, my son would love that – he is always begging to do another one anyway!

DIY Resurrection EggsPlusExstension

2. Printable Book and Flannelgraph

I found these super cute little printables and knew they’d be perfect for K. I think I’m going to print them out and let him have at them tomorrow. He will love coloring the little book and he’ll have a lot of fun playing pretend with the little flannelgraph guys.

4 Last Minute Ways to Make Easter Meaningful

3. UnEaster Baskets

This will be our second year of doing unEaster baskets. I first read about the idea from ohAmanda and immediately fell in love. Leigh Ann from Intentional By Grace has a great post on a similar idea, here.

It was an amazing experience last year and I can’t wait to do it again! I love using simple moments like these to share the gospel with my kiddos.

4. Easter Music Playlist

The week leading up to Easter, I love to play songs that especially highlight Christ’s death and resurrection. I love doing it as a way to keep my own heart focused on the season, but I have also noticed how much my son picks up from the music we listen to. Music is a great way for the whole family to direct their focus to Christ.

I like to use YouTube to create custom playlists for times like this. Here is one I made for Good Friday, but it is great for the whole week too!

Another Easter music tradition we have is going crazy to the Hallelujah Chorus! One year (before kids) we even stayed up all night and played it loud at midnight. I think that would be fun to do again when the kids are older.

What are your favorite Easter traditions?

Resurrection Eggs and Easter Countdown Calendar (Plus FREE Resurrection Eggs Printable!)

Somehow Easter always sneaks up on me.

Every year I go into the season with good intentions of going all out and making Easter really memorable and meaningful. Then, every year, a week or two before Easter I’m left thinking “Whaaaaat? Where did all the time go?!”

This year was no different. However, just because we weren’t able to focus on Lent this year or even countdown the month before Easter doesn’t mean we can’t make this important holiday memorable and meaningful.

This year the main way I’ve chosen to do that is through a simple tradition that I remember doing with my family as a kid – Resurrection Eggs. 

DIY Resurrection EggsPlusExstension

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Resurrection Eggs are a really simple idea. Fill twelve Easter eggs with twelve different objects that each symbolize a part of the Easter story. Every day on the twelve days leading up to Easter, open one of the eggs and read a verse or two to go along with it.

If you do a quick Google search for “Resurrection Eggs DIY” you’ll see that they are pretty flexible. Change up the symbols or the verses. Spread out the days you open eggs or even do them all on one day. You can even buy pre-made kits!

Resurrection Eggs plus free printable!

Here’s how I set up our Resurrection Eggs!

Day 1 – Leaf (Mark 11:8-10 / Palm Sunday)
Day 2 – Coins (Matthew 26:14-15 / Judas Betrays Jesus)
Day 3 – Bread (Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28)
Day 4 – Paper Towel (John 13:4-5 / Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet)
Day 5 – Picture of prayer (Matthew 26:39 / Garden of Gethsemane)
Day 6 – Rope (Matthew 27:2, 26 / Jesus is Bound and Beaten)
Day 7 – Thorn (Matthew 27:29 / Jesus is King of the Jews)
Day 8 – Cross (John 19:17 / Jesus Carries His Cross)
Day 9 – Nail (Luke 33:33 / Nailed on the Cross)
Day 10 – Cloth (Matthew 27:59 / Jesus is Wrapped in Cloth)
Day 11 – Stone (Matthew 27:66 / Jesus is Placed in the Tomb)
Day 12 – Empty Egg (Matthew 28:6 / He Has Risen)

I love how the eggs are great for including multiple ages and they provide a tactile experience as you take out the object and handle it while listening to the reading.

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To add a little more to the Resurrection Eggs experience, I created a simple, low to no prep activity to go along with each day. Kids learn so much better when they totally get to experience something – so I love finding ways to extend the learning.

Although it is pretty easy to wander around your house to find objects to put in your eggs, I wanted to make it even easier for you to do Resurrection Eggs this year! If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute and you want something you can quickly pull together so you can get started right away.

If that’s the case – never fear! I turned to my favorite place for simple images (www.nounproject.com) and pulled together a set of printable images that you can use to fill your eggs!

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You can get the printable with the images, the activity ideas, and discussion questions (great for journaling!) completely for free!

Just click here to get it ———> Resurrection Eggs Printable

You don’t even need to have Easter eggs to use this printable. I also printed the images, cut them out, and pasted them onto quarters of construction paper to make this simple Easter countdown calendar. Just flip over one a day to reveal the picture. Super easy!

Simple Easter Countdown Calendar + Free Printable

Has your family ever done Resurrection Eggs? How did you do them?

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