One of my my kids’ favorite Easter traditions is the Easter basket. Who wouldn’t love waking up Easter morning to a beautiful basket filled with all kinds of Easter goodies?
I find a couple of challenges putting Easter baskets together, though.
- How do I make sure our focus stays on Christ?
- How do I keep the Easter baskets affordable?
Fortunately, neither problem is difficult to solve.
Keeping Our Kids Focused on Christ
If our only Easter tradition was an Easter basket, we might be in trouble. However, in the month leading up to Easter, we read books about and discuss the Easter story; we attend church services, including a Good Friday service; and most importantly, we make our relationships with Christ a priority all year long.
This year for Gracie, I found a fun and affordable pop-up book at Walmart for just $1.98 – The Story of Moses.
It’s a very basic retelling of Moses’ life from birth to the Ten Commandments, but it’s right at my five year old’s reading level, and I know she will love reading this Bible story by herself.
In addition, it’s a pop up book, and kids just love pop up books!
How to Build an Affordable Easter Basket for under $10
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In addition to a Bible storybook, I added all the usual Easter fare from the Walmart Easter aisle.
- A plush bunny – $2.98
- A Frankford chocolate bunny – $1.00 at my store.
- A Cadbury Cream Egg – $3.48 for 5 (I parcel them out to all family members, so it comes to about 70 cents for one.)
- Starburst Crazy Beans – $1.98 at my store. (I also parcel these out among four people, so it comes to about 50 cents per basket.)
To save money we reuse our Easter baskets from year to year. I picked up this adorable yellow basket from Walmart a few years ago, and it’s still in great shape.
I set the stage by filling the Easter basket with a bag of green shredded paper (98 cents). Then I begin adding the Easter goodies, placing the taller items in the back and the smaller items up front.
The total cost of this Easter basket is only $8.14!
This is an Easter basket I feel good about. It’s affordable, my five year old will love it, and I was able to include a book that will encourage my child to think about the Bible.
That’s a win for mom!
Question: What do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets?
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