Toys and Treats

Easter Ideas
Toys and Treats

In a recent unofficial pole of children aged two to seven, the most popular uninvited house guest is (drumroll please): the Easter Bunny.

You may have expected Santa Claus or even Grandma (who placed second and third respectively) but kids are smart. Easter is now on its way, and they may already sense that compliments directly correlate with chocolate.

So what about that Easter basket? While the big bunny is likely still taking chocolate and candy orders (we hear he shops at Bernard Callebaut), you may be looking for something a little less sweet for your sweetie. Here are some ideas for a sugar-free (or at least sugar reduced) basket.

Aside from generous, the Easter Bunny is also incredibly soft and cuddly. Babies celebrating a first or second Easter will love the plush rattles, slippers and toys from Bunnies by the Bay.

Tulips reach for the sky and baby hands want to dig, dig, dig. Rather than look for bugs underground, how about bugs in the toy box. The Lamaze Balancing Bug Stacker, designed for children over 6 months stick together as if by magic (or magnets). Tough, pliable and spring showered with awards, the Bug Stacker is available at Bug & Blossom in North Hill Shopping Centre for $18.99.

For a slightly older child, take a trip to Monkey Shines bookstore in Marda Loop. They carry a range of products perfect for Easter baskets including books like Henri, Egg Artiste by Marcus Phister for $15.95 and Eggs, Eggs! by Salina Yoon for $9.00. They also carry Happy Easter ink stamp pads for $3.25 and seed growing kits from $11.95. Sticker books and tattoos round out a candy-free basket.

So try welcoming the Easter Bunny to your home with a list concocted from the non-confectionary variety. He’ll still be the kids’ number 1 pick, at least for the day.

Tested by Heather J., Jayden A. & Drew A., Calgary
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First published 2008.03.20

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