It’s just a couple of weeks to Easter, and I’m thinking already on what I want to put in my kids’ Easter baskets. It’s a holiday they have a lot of fun with, and I like to keep up the excitement without overdoing the spending.
With that in mind, I thought I would offer some tips on keeping Easter a bit greener for the kids.
1. Buy Easter baskets that can be reused.
Our kids’ Easter baskets get reused every year. We didn’t get the cheapie ones from the store. We found nicer ones that will hold up for many years. The kids love them.
You can find good baskets at thrift stores or any store in your area that sells baskets. It’s been a few years, but I think ours came from Cost Plus.
You can also consider using a bucket as a basket. This is great for kids who are still young enough to really enjoy playing in the sand.
2. Reuse other supplies from year to year.
Sure, you don’t like all that ugly plastic stuff you may have bought for Easter in years past, but if you have it there is no further harm in using it. Just don’t go buying new plastic eggs or plastic Easter grass.
Build up your supply as needed with more environmentally friendly Easter basket supplies.
3. Real grass in the Easter basket.
Two ways you can do this. The first would be to take lawn clippings the day before and use them in the baskets. It should be simple enough to time mowing the lawn so that you would have the clippings ready when you need them.
Another would be to line the basket with foil, add dirt and grass seeds, then grow the grass in the basket. Best to get started now if that’s what you want to do, as it will take a couple weeks to get things growing tall enough.
4. Skip the egg dying kits.
Nothing wrong with dyeing Easter eggs, but the little kits are relatively wasteful, especially if you have what you need to dye the eggs already at home.
I like to dye the eggs with food coloring and vinegar in a colander. We did this last year, and it turned out really beautiful.
You can also use natural food colorings. You can start with the raw eggs and boil them with the dye agents and some vinegar, using:
- Carrots or turmeric for yellow,
- Red cabbage leaves or blueberries for blue,
- Beets or cranberries for pink,
- Yellow onion skins for orange,
- Red wine or purple grape juice for purples.
5. Think about what you put into the basket.
Go easy on the candy and think more about what the kids will use. As it’s spring, seeds and small garden tools can be fun. Books can also be a good gift.