Spring is in the air, which means Easter is on its way! As much as parents love the holiday, there’s definitely a lot of brainstorming, planning and organizing that goes into making sure it’s a wonderful holiday for everyone. This year, we’ve come up with a special themed Easter basket that is sure to make kids (and parents) very happy. Introducing: Easter Treats that Teach!
We love to make learning fun, so we wanted to create a DIY Easter basket filled with learning tools that help educate children about the wonders of the natural world. To make things easier, we’ve made sure that each item in the basket can be found at your local Walmart – including your favorite Yowie treats.
How to create an Educational Easter Basket
with Treats that Teach
- Yowie treats (We used Yowie Gummies, Surprise Inside Chocolates, and Bites)
- Cotton t-shirt
- Fabric markers
- Small glass jar
- All-purpose (non-washable) glue
- Potting soil
- Colored pencils
- Kinetic sand
First, make the most of your Easter basket purchase by choosing a reusable basket, like a wooden crate. It’s great for holding all your kid’s Easter gifts and can be reused after the holiday for decorative storage.
T-Shirt and Markers
Let your little ones color their own t-shirts with this printable Yowie iron-on. Purchase a cotton t-shirt to fit your child, then print out the printable Yowie design. Iron the fabric transfer onto the shirt according to the instructions on the package.
Then, use the shirt to line your reusable basket. Add a package of fabric markers to the basket so your kids can color the shirt on their own. Be sure to share their creations on Instagram using #YowieWorld so we can see their awesome designs!
DIY Silly Putty Supplies
Help your kids make their own silly putty by including a small jar containing one teaspoon Borax, along with a bottle of all-purpose (non-washable) glue in the basket. Print out our DIY Silly Putty printable instructions so your kids know exactly how to make their own silly putty.
Prevent the Silly Putty from drying out by storing it in the Yowie eggs.
Adding supplies to create a DIY terrarium to your kid’s Easter basket is great for two reasons: it gives them a chance to learn about plants and gives them a place to display some of their favorite Yowie collectibles.
For their DIY terrarium, they’ll need potting soil, succulents, and rocks.
Add the potting soil to a pint-size mason jar to keep it contained in the Easter basket. Then, add a few mini succulents to the basket, along with a handful of rocks. Finish by printing our DIY Terrarium instruction printable so your kids can see how to put together their DIY terrarium all by themselves.
Notebook and Colored Pencils
Your kids will love drawing and writing in a cute notebook! And they can also use this mini journal to keep track of all their Yowie collectible information sheets, so they can easily reference the information for all the animals in their collection.
Printable Activity Book
After your kids are finished making their silly putty and terrarium, keep them busy with a few fun animal-themed activities. This cute printable activity book features animal-themed mad libs and word games that your kids will love.
With all the Yowie treats in your kid’s Easter basket, they’re going to need some fun ways to play with all their new collectible animals. Kinetic Sand is great for imaginative play, especially when combined with Yowie collectibles.
Don’t forget to include plenty of delicious Yowie treats in your kid’s Easter basket, including Yowie Gummies, Yowie Bites, and Yowie chocolates. These wonderful treats are made with all-natural ingredients and are free from additives and GMOs. The best part? Each Yowie treat comes with a limited-edition collectible toy animal along with a pamphlet that tells all about the animal and its habitat.
Here are some additional ideas for an Educational Easter Basket with Easter Treats that Teach:
- Educational books that make learning fun. We recommend the Yowie eBook series digital downloads for kids who have e-readers, but other ideas include National Geographic Magazine for Kids, Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction by Nancy Castaldo, or Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate.
- Durable wooden puzzles. Not only do these help with memory and hand-eye coordination, they’re just plain fun and can be played with over and over again.
- Crafting supplies. Let your little ones’ imaginations run wild with various crafting supplies like pipe cleaners, playdough, wiggly eyes, beads, string and more!
- Paints and canvasses. If they can dream it, they can paint it! Art is a wonderful tool for opening up a child’s creativity and letting them express themselves. As they paint different animals, use this as an opportunity to teach them different animal facts and about the environment.
The best part about these Easter Treats that Teach is that they all provide opportunities to bond and connect with your children while providing a fun educational experience. Watch their faces light up as they explore and get creative. How do you think outside of the basket and make holidays exciting and meaningful?