Wondering what alternative treats to put in Easter baskets this year? Head off on an eggciting learning journey with our eggceptional range of alternative Easter gifts. From a bunny-themed robot pet that teaches young children about coding to the nature discovery toys that get kids excited about heading outside, there are lots of fun Easter gifts ideas and we’ve put together some of our favourites.
- Coding Critters™ Bopper, Hip & Hop
- Primary Science® Outdoor Exploration Toys
- Design & Drill® Stem Garden
- Hoppy Floppy’s Happy Hunt Game™
Many parents want to equip their children for the future by encouraging them to learn coding. It’s easy to get started with our award-winning Coding Critters range. These cute 100% screen-free robot pets are ideal for kids as young as four. There are four critters in the range: pups Ranger & Zip; cats Scamper & Sneaker; dinos Rumble & Bumble; and bunnies, Bopper, Hip & Hop.
Each Coding Critter comes with a colourful storybook and playset. Preschoolers use their robot pets and playsets to play out the fun adventure from the storybook. These toys are designed to be simple to use – to programme, press the directional arrows on their backs and off they go! It’s a fun, engaging way to let children express their creativity through play while they learn to think like programmers.
Whatever your child grows up to be, from a computer scientist to an artist, our coding toys help them develop key skills including if-then thinking, planning, and problem-solving. We even wrote a blog about five ways children benefit from learning to code.
Image – Learning Resources® Playfoam
Playfoam is the squishy, squashy, shaping stuff that never dries out. This high-quality sculpting toy is ready for use straight from the packaging for endless shaping fun, and parents you’ll be pleased to know it only sticks to itself (not carpets, clothing or hair).
The bright, candy-coloured shades in Playfoam® Original Starter 4-Pack will look right at home in any festive Easter basket. The beadlike texture is ideal for sensory play fun, and because the formula isn’t sticky, Playfoam can be enjoyed at home or on the go. Find out how BritMums used Playfoam when travelling – check out this blog post.
Playfoam® Pals™ combines two things kids love: Playfoam and surprise collectables. Each pod in the series of eight (and counting) ranges contains Playfoam and a cute collectable character. On opening, kids dig into the Playfoam to find their mystery collectable and use Playfoam to sculpt and create props for their Pals. Choose from all sorts of characters including fantastical Unicorn Magic and Fantasy Friends.
Get kids excited about heading outside on a garden safari with Primary Science nature exploration toys.
Pop a Magnifier & Tweezers into an Easter basket – this real working (child-friendly) magnifying glass offers clear 4.5x magnification so children can observe spring insects including butterflies and ants up close. The chunky tweezers let kids practise fine motor skills as they pickup bugs and blossoms. Wondering what you’ll find in a spring garden? Here are some ideas – see how many you can spot.
The ladybird-themed Big View Bug Jars allow young explorers to capture bug specimens and investigate them up close – just like real bug scientists. The lid of each jar is a handy magnifier that lets kids observe their specimens and each jar has air vents to keep specimens secure. They are available in sets of six and 12 so are ideal for activities at Easter garden parties and events.
Design & Drill Stem Garden is a blooming fun way to enjoy spring-themed STEM learning. Kids use a real working power drill to stack a flower, secure it with a bolt and drill the flower in place. This toy helps young children practise fine motor skills including hand-eye coordination, the pincer grip and wrist rotation.
Here’s something that will keep little hands and curious minds busy! Stems is the 3D maker toy that lets children express their creativity through construction play. It’s one piece that can be joined to create all sorts of shapes and objects – the only limit to what can be done with Stems is a child’s imagination. To use, children ‘zip’ pieces together which builds hand strength and hand-eye coordination. It also encourages other skills including spatial perception and problem-solving.
The hide-and-seek family game that helps children with pre-handwriting, matching, strategy, and colour recognition. To play, spin the spinner and watch where the arrow lands. Use the bunny squeezer to pick up the matching carrot and place it in your basket. The first player to collect one carrot of each colour wins. But be careful! Floppy can be a sneaky bunny and steal carrots from other players baskets, or a basket can tip over and all the carrots roll back into the forest. This fun game is suitable for up to four players, and helps children learn social skills too, including sharing and taking turns.
Image: Learning Resources The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Colour Matching Game
Or if you like squirrels, have a go at The Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel™ Colour Matching Game. The play pattern is the same, except this time there’s a hungry squirrel foraging for snacks and it’s your job to fill your log with acorns.
Need more inspiration – discover more alternative Easter presents for children on our website.