Wondering what to put in an Easter Basket for a 2 Year Old that isn't candy? Look no further! I'm sharing exactly what I'm putting in my 2 year olds Easter basket using only items from the Dollar Tree! I link/give suggestions in this post for similar items if you don't have a Dollar Tree Near You too! Plus loads more toddler Easter basket ideas for you!
And if you're wondering:
How do you make Easter fun for toddlers?
Keep it simple and engaging! No need to add candy to their Easter basket and add sugar to the already hyped up day! Instead focus on things you know they like, work fine motor skills, and will engage them (not entertain them) throughout the day. If you want even more ideas, be sure to check out my round up of the BEST Easter Toddler Activities!
Most of the activities can be set up in under 5 minutes, using everyday household items or Easter themed items you probably already have! Plus each activity has tips for customizing for a 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old, and so on all the way up to 6 or 7 years old!
Watch me make my 2 Year Old's Easter Basket and Show the Items In Store I'm Talking About In This post:
Dollar Tree Easter Basket Ideas for 2 Year Old (NO CANDY!)
The Dollar Tree is my GO-TO spot for all things toddler and holidays.
In fact, for my daughter's second birthday, it's where I got all of the items for the goodie bags we gave out to the other kids (bouncy ball, costume jewelry necklace, bubbles, stamps, and stickers). The kids had a blast with the goodies!
So for Easter I knew it was going to be my one stop shop for an easy – candy free – affordable Easter basket.
My daughter is OBSESSED with balls! And the Dollar Tree has a pretty wide selection. In the spring they put out these larger bouncy balls, which she loves, in square vertical bins in the middle of the store or at the aisle ends/butt caps.
They also typically have a four pack of “sports” bouncy balls that are about the size of toddler hands – these are a HUGE hit. These are typically in the toy aisle.
The only balls I recommend staying away from are the foam balls. Every single baby/toddler I know who has received one of these from the Dollar Tree has bitten a chunk out of it.
Dollar Tree has a great selection of books. Sometimes you'll even find major name brand books if you dig/go on a delivery day. You can obviously include an Easter themed book from Amazon like these (swipe for all my picks!):
Personally, my daughter has been getting into activity books lately, so I got her a Blue's Clues coloring/activity book that looked well suited for a 3 year old (definitely flip through because some of them are better for older kids).
What toddler doesn't love stickers?? I recommend peeling off the backing of the sticker sheet. This makes it easier for tiny fingers to get the actual sticker off. They can use the stickers with an activity book too if they are on the younger side and don't understand the actual “activities” yet. We also got this pack of butterfly stickers.
Fine motor activity
Toddlers are really mastering gross and fine motor skills. The dollar store has a ton of spring and Easter themed items to really refine fine motor skills.
I went with this little spring colored Etch + Sketch pad that has a pencil attached. I figured it'd make a great car seat toy and she could work all those tiny finger muscles in the process!
They also have Easter themed painting kits (in video).
Last year for Easter when my daughter was 1 year old, we got her these wind up chickens and she loves them. The twisting motion to wind them up is fantastic. This year they have some bunny ones too.
And honestly, just letting them play with Easter Eggs, like in this Easter Egg Stacking STEM Challenge is an awesome engaging activity for the day! If you want to put something inside of the Easter eggs (honestly though, most 2 year olds will be perfectly happy using the Easter Eggs from their basket in any of these Easter Toddler Activities), you can pick up little Easter bunny erasers, cars, or other miniature animals or toys to fill the eggs with.
Toddlers are obviously working on speech at this age. Our speech therapist had brought this bunny where you push the belly and the “nose” (a ball) pops out to work on her “p's” My daughter LOVED this toy. I was thrilled to see it back in stock at the Dollar Tree in the Easter aisle. This little bunny comes with 3 balls. You put a ball in for the “nose” and push the belly to make it pop.
Pushing the belly in itself is a great motor activity, and if you play with your child you can use this to work on some speech exercises like “pop” and “in/out.”
Of course, the Dollar Tree has Play-Doh (better price here on Amazon) and sticky/moldable foam for sensory play.
Plus you can go outside the Easter/toy themed items and use containers you can add soapy water too (wash the Easter eggs could be a great activity!) or tissue paper for some fun sensory play. And of course, the crinkle shred gift paper you'll probably stuff your Easter basket with, provides a great sensory experience as well!
Something to wear
Personally, I just grabbed a fun, colorful, spring themed pack of socks from the Dollar Tree! But you could also go with any of these options: