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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Easter Baskets for Montessori Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers Updated 2022

I have spring on my mind! This week we are finally getting above freezing temperatures here in Minnesota and it feels like spring is right around the corner {and I hope that's true!} But, its reminding me that Easter really is right around the corner. And, with that, it's time to start thinking about Easter baskets for Montessori babies, toddlers and preschoolers

We celebrate both the religious and the secular portions of the holiday. But, honestly we don't make a big deal about the "Easter bunny" or anything like that. For us, the baskets are just a small gift to celebrate the miracle that is Easter and the end of our Lenten preparations. 



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I, personally, just always keep our Easter baskets pretty spring and nature themed. I think that's just a beautiful way to tie them back to the religious new-birth that comes with the Easter holiday. So, my suggestions heavily lean toward spring and outdoor essentials and toys. 

And, there are so many great Montessori friendly options! I have included a bunch of options here for you, but personally, our baskets will include three, maybe four, from a list -- usually one from each category. So, don't think I'm saying a basket needs to include everything!

Easter Baskets for Montessori Babies

For babies, I like to keep it simple. One or two things and maybe a baby-friendly snack if they are eating. I think it's also a great opportunity to keep it really practical - things they will need for spring and summer. Bathing suits and sun hats have been a popular choice here in the past. 

Books

Flutter! Fly! -- these books are amazing, they are beautiful and really indestructible 
Baby Touch and Feel Animals
My First Easter
Hello Animals: Where Do You Live?

Toys



Instruments

Nature/Outdoors

Easter Baskets for Montessori Toddlers

Toddlers have a lot more options for the "spring" theme! Especially with books, there are just so many great choices! Remember to follow your child, some of these suggestions might be perfect for one child at 2-years-old but not for another until 4-years-old.

Books

My Books! Colors | Shapes
Or any Spring Book

Toys and Art Supplies

Mini Grimm's Rainbow
Magnifying Glass -- perfect for little hands before they are coordinated enough to use a larger one.
Rock Crayons 
Kaleidoscope
Easter Stickers
Bird Matching Game  -- these look so beautiful 
First Orchard Game
Wooden Roller (add some clay or playdoh!)

Nature/Outside

I love to include outdoor toys and tools in Easter baskets. It's the perfect time to refresh our stash of outdoor toys and materials as the weather gets warm and we are outside more. 

Sidewalk Chalk -- always a favorite! I love the square chalk because it doesn't roll down our driveway. 
Large Bubble with Wand

Instruments

Easter Baskets for Preschoolers

By preschool, there are so many wonderful and real tools that children can be using outside and in! It's hard to narrow them down! But, it also means there are a lot of choices for whatever interests your child has. 

Books

Toys, Games, and Art Supplies 

Bug Bingo -- I love the images used in this game
Seasons Layer Puzzle
Blank Books

Nature/Outside

Root View Garden
Flower Press -- this flower press looks so beautiful for spring and summer
Leather Gardening Gloves 
Pocket Microscope -- Henry LOVES this its amazing for indoor and outdoor exploration
Watering Can
Paper Pot Maker
Rain Gear
Water bottle
Sun Art Paper 
Hello Nature Workbook

For the Basket

I think its also fun to be creative with how you put the Easter basket together! We typically stick with baskets, but this year I'm thinking about switching it up and making the container useful. Seriously, how fun would it be to have a Green Play Silk instead of Easter grass? Or to use a Small Wooden Tray instead of a basket! Other options could include a Rope Basket or a Metal Bucket!

Montessori friendly Easter basket ideas for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Small and practical ideas for a variety of ages and stages.
What are you getting your children for Easter? Do you stick with the spring theme? Or is there something you would have included on this list?

If you liked this post, check out: The Ultimate Montessori Toy List: Birth to Age 5
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Meghan said...

Great post, Nicole! I think by the time Easter arrives, we will all be very ready to embrace the spring theme here!

Kathleen said...

Great ideas! Thank you for sharing! :)

Edmond G. Belanger said...

nice basket for baby

Alicia | FreshBabyGear said...

Having studied different education models, I am yet to find a better system than the Montessori method. The more I learn, the more I am amazed by the depth of insight that Maria Montessori has generated in the area of children's education.