Over the years I have made a point of adding items to my kids’ Easter baskets that represent the REAL meaning of Easter — stickers, puzzles, booklets, pencils, etc. When they were younger, I gave each of them an Easter picture book. Some good titles include:
- Easter ABCs by Isabel Anders
- The First Easter by Carol Heyer
- Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs
- Easter is for Me! by Dandi Daley Mackall
- Journey, Easter Journey! by Dandi Daley Mackall
Here is a link to some books for young children: http://www.cph.org/searchnew.aspx?SE=0&SearchTerm=easter%20books&pagenum=1&pagesize=9999&viewall=Y&cset=1&sortby=Rank%20Desc.
Last year I began a new tradition since my kids were tweens or nearly that age. I gave each of them a biography about a Christian man or woman who has had an influence in our world. Most of the books come from the Christian Heroes Then and Now series: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_16?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=christian%20heroes%20then%20and%20now&sprefix=christian+heroes%2Caps%2C310. Another series which shorter books is the Hero of the Faith books: http://www.cph.org/p-22271-hero-of-the-faith-biography-set-8-books.aspx?SearchTerm=biography.
This year I am keeping the basket simple since they are all tweens — one biography, a few small treats, and their favorite candy in a larger size.
What do you put in your children’s baskets?