Quick Easter Basket & Activities for Little Toddlers

Who else is going a little stir-crazy at home?! While we completely support and understand that social distancing and isolation is crucial to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), I need to shake things up a little in our 700 sq. ft. condo this weekend.

We normally visit James’ parents for Easter, and are so bummed about not being able to go this year. For us, holidays are more about quality time with family than anything else!

Since we can’t go anywhere, I wanted to find a way to bring that joy here. It’s not the same, but we’re going to make the most of our holiday and celebrate together on Sunday.

Zak is at the perfect age to enjoy a little routine, activities and snacks. We’ve noticed that he requires a bit of 1:1 attention to learn something new and engaging, and then can spend time independently working through it.

After a quick trip to Dollarama (it is fortunately in our condo complex), I was able to put together an Easter basket full of activities he’ll enjoy, not only on Sunday but also for a few days after. In addition to this, I picked up little trinkets to stuff into Easter eggs, that we will hide in our condo for him to do his first egg hunt! We are so excited.

The best part? It gave me something to do as well. I always imagined being that parent who is a little extra, and finds a way to celebrate every occasion. My parents did this for me, and I’ve learned a lot from my lovely mother-in-law as well. Being quarantined reminded me that we can still have a little fun and shake things up a bit. I even made a basket for myself and James… it may be full of chocolate and Peeps, but hey, it’s a holiday weekend.

What is in Zak’s basket?

  • A colouring book
  • Stickers
  • Little Easter figures (bunnies, carrots, chicks, hay)
  • Crazy straws
  • An Easter bunny

What is in the Easter eggs?

  • Finger puppets
  • Balls
  • One is full of Puffs!
  • Chocolate

I wanted to avoid stuffing all of the eggs with chocolate/candy. Not that I’m against it, but I know that at this age he will enjoy it more if he can find a new toy or snack to munch on.

That’s it! All of this took me less than an hour to put together. We’ll start with the egg hunt, followed by pancakes + fruit for brunch. We’re finalizing our dinner and dessert menu… but all in all, it will be an amazing day! I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and get to enjoy Easter with your family.

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