April 2014  
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Candy Alternatives for the Easter Basket
Healthy treats, pennies and more

If you want to avoid all the sugary treats when you’re helping the Easter Bunny with his basket creations, there are many ways to do this while still bringing smiles of delight to your children. We have some ideas to inspire the possibilities.
Swap out the treats
Say goodbye to the chocolate treats and gummy jelly beans. Instead, why not include mini boxes of raisins, mini bran muffins and fresh fruit? The sky is the limit with healthy snacking options –both store-bought and homemade.
Show them the money
When you’re putting together those plastic eggs for hunts, fill them with coins instead of candy. You could also tuck in some dollar bills to make the hunt even more lucrative for your kiddos.
Capture memories
Pack the basket with a disposable camera your child can use to collect snapshots of friends and family to remember on future Easters. You might even throw in a scrapbook kit with ideas on how to transform those pictures into a book of memories.
Inspire imagination
Fuel your children’s creativity by including items that give them a chance to make something and build new skills. It might be a jewelry-making kit, brushes and paint along with mini canvases or a blank piece of pottery, or even a clay kit.
Play into their hobbies
Does your child collect baseball cards or Pokemon cards? If so, new packages make excellent Easter basket stuffers. Also consider books on the topic of your child’s latest passion. 
Create a theme basket
The possibilities are almost unlimited when you key in on a certain theme for the basket. You might choose a “Night at the Movies” and select a couple of DVDs and pair them with a pack of microwave popcorn, a brightly colored popcorn bowl, and a fleece blanket or new pair of pajamas. Gardening is another fun theme. Use a small bucket as the "basket" and fill it with a watering can, gardening gloves, gardening tools, a few packets of seeds and even a stuffed bunny to round out the fun.
Give religious items
Take a moment to talk with your child about the significance of Easter and give items that reflect on your beliefs. Include a book about the meaning of Easter, a religious pendant or a trinket for your child's room.
Offer an experience
Instead of a basket, give your child an experience to remember such as a day at the zoo or an aquarium. It doesn't have to be on Easter weekend, but you can print out a coupon or draw one telling your child of your upcoming plans.
With a little fun and imagination, the basket you create will be so special your child will forget all about missing the candy treats.
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