Easter with a toddler … is it more fun for them, or for you? This is the age when the notion of a “special day” starts to click. Special food, special books, special clothes. Decorations, different things to do and places to go. Big brothers and sisters sending vibes of excitement, anticipation. The toddler years are when holidays start to get magical.
How does your family celebrate Easter? Many of us observe the religious holiday that’s rich in beliefs and traditions you’ll want to share with your child – the services, the meaning, the family meals. A lot of people have a cultural take on this time of year as it signals the return of spring, with flowers, the Easter Bunny and eggs. All of these things make for lasting childhood memories and chances to share the wonderful things going on, all around. Wonderful things like …
An Easter egg hunt –
toddlers aren’t too young to take part. Just realize they’ll be playing by their own rules. Or no rules, more likely. Sure, you may be carrying your little bunny from egg to egg and plopping them in the basket. Or maybe your child’s old enough to do some of the gathering, but also finds sticks and leaves and feathers are worthy finds. The fun part for you is sharing a tradition.
Little People® eggs –
like the idea of an Easter egg hunt but not particularly eager to let your toddler collect candy? We have an idea the Easter Bunny wants to borrow. If your little one loves Little People® friends, fill brightly colored plastic eggs with Little People figures. (Great opportunity to teach colors.) Hide them indoors or out, leading the way toward one of the Little People playsets like the farm or home or zoo. The discoveries your child will make will last sooo much longer than a sugar high. And don’t worry: you can sneak candy from someone else’s basket.
Little People baskets –
speaking of baskets, Little People friends are fun to find filling an Easter basket. Just picture it … you’re conjuring colorful, delightful and imaginative, aren’t you? It’s easy to round out the contents of an adorable Little People basket. Look for lift-the-flap books based on our farm characters, for example – your child will love peeking at the animals, practicing their sounds.
Nature walk –
this is the perfect time of year to teach your toddler about animals and nature. Take a walk together and search for baby crocuses, daffodils, and buds on trees. Listen to the birds chirping and talk about how baby animals are born in the springtime. It doesn’t matter that your child won’t grasp everything you’re saying; what matters is you’re planting the seeds of language and learning and watching them sprout in your child.
Blazing down the bunny trail –
toddlers want to go, go, go. Now’s the time to consider spring toys and Easter gifts that keep up with them – and use up some of that energy!
Coloring Easter eggs –
here’s another tradition you can start during the toddler years, probably around 2. Expect to see sparks of creativity shine through and chubby little fingers dyed all the colors of the eggs and then some! You’ll get huge, gummy smiles, too.
Photo ops –
expecting a huge smile for a portrait with the Easter Bunny is another matter. Who started this tradition, anyhow? (Imagine it from your kid’s perspective: Mommy and Daddy are handing me over to a large creature who doesn’t look anything like the bunnies I’ve seen in books or in my yard. This one doesn’t make any sounds, either – but I wish Mommy and Daddy would stop making the sounds they think are going to make me smile. Not gonna’ work … but maybe going limp noodle and crying will.) If your toddler isn’t too traumatized by “the Bunny,” having a photo from every year really is a treasure. You can display them all together at Eastertime and see how your kids have sprouted, spring after spring.
We have more ideas at our online store. Hop on over and see all toddler toys for Easter gifts and springtime days:
Here are quick links to the products we’re featuring this spring:
Little People® A to Z Learning Zoo™Little People® Animal Friends FarmLittle People® Surprise & Sounds HomeLittle People® Easter Egg Hunt™