Meaningful Christian Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

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Do you ever struggle to come up with Christian Easter Basket ideas? Years ago, when our kids were little, my parents gave them “Resurrection Eggs,” a carton of plastic eggs with contents to tell the Easter story. My youngest delighted in this new gift, exclaiming, “Tell me about Jesus and those eggs!” 

While the eggs and figurines ultimately ended up scattered over the house – please tell me I’m not the only one that happened to! – I was grateful for the opportunity to interest her in a Bible story in a new way that year.

Are you trying to put together an Easter basket this year but want to add meaningful gifts to their Easter baskets? As babies become little ones, then tweens, and eventually teens, what engaged them one year might be deemed too childish the next. 

These Christian Easter Basket ideas may provide you opportunities to share your faith with your child. There are a variety of ways to celebrate the true meaning of Easter with your kids as they grow.

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What does the Easter bunny have to do with Jesus?

picture of decorated eggs in an Easter basket

At Easter, as Christians, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So what does the Easter bunny have to do with Jesus? Nothing. According to this NBC news story, many years ago, Christians borrowed the Easter bunny and eggs from various secular spring celebrations. 

Today, Christians celebrate Easter but many participate in Easter egg hunts, decorate with bunnies, and enjoy the spring activities and weather. Does it mean that these Christians are sinning?

In my opinion, I believe that this is an area where one can have the freedom to follow their conscience, as demonstrated in 1 Corinthians 8. If I host an Easter egg hunt, it isn’t to honor false gods or sacrifice to them. I believe that the intention is what God cares about.

What do you put in a Christian Easter basket?

There isn’t one correct way for Christian families to make a Christian Easter basket. You know the child you are giving the basket to, and not every child will be receptive to every gift.

These favorite Christian Easter basket ideas give you a place to start as you assemble Christian Easter baskets. Pray that God will help you make the best choices for your encouraging gift.

Christian Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers

picture of 3 baskets of Easter eggs and candy

Most little ones love it when you read to them. One of my favorite activities with my kids was reading. When they were little, we made sure to have a Children’s Bible with beautiful pictures accompanying Bible stories, and read it to them almost every night. 

Reading your child the Easter story can be a meaningful Easter tradition. If your child doesn’t have a Bible suitable for their age, it is a great addition to a child’s Easter basket!

Most children will receive these more meaningful Easter gifts better if you include their favorite candies in brightly-colored plastic Easter eggs. 

Don’t skip the chocolate bunnies or marshmallow Peeps if that’s what they like. You know what will work best for this child, but think this point over.

Toddlers and younger kids love activities, just as my little one loved those colorful eggs! You could choose Easter activity books or a Bible coloring book for their Christ-centered Easter basket. Pair these with some crayons and other art supplies.

Many churches plan special activities the time leading up to Easter Sunday, but there are plenty of ideas for having activities at home. 

This Easter Coloring Placemat and these Easter Coloring Pages, both on Etsy, could help teach your child that Easter means more than jelly beans and plastic eggs. 

Christian Easter Basket Ideas and Activities for School-Age Children

Craft and cooking ideas are a great way to engage your children in the Easter story. It’s a great opportunity to incorporate God’s Word into exciting activities that can help form meaningful and special memories with your children.

Young children can enjoy making resurrection cookies. These cookies, which some may know as “forgotten cookies,” have hollow spaces inside, representing the empty tomb. 

Borrowing from Christmas traditions, a paper chain can be made to countdown the days until Easter. 

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (3) three children baking in a kitchen

Another great idea is making resurrection rolls, which also has a hollow center to illustrate the empty tomb on Easter morning. 

Add the resurrection story to it by writing one verse from Matthew 28:1-10 on each of them, telling the story over ten days. Other children may enjoy the retelling of the Easter story through the Resurrection Eggs

A cross necklace, like this one for girls and this one for boys, can be a meaningful gift to add to kids’ easter baskets. It can be a great reminder of God’s love for them!

Christian Easter Basket Ideas for Teens and Tweens

As your child ages, and may grapple with the reality of miracles, of Jesus’ resurrection, of His cost of our salvation, you may get questions that aren’t as easy to answer. It’s OK for them to have questions – it means that they are thinking their faith through. 

The answers wouldn’t be important to them if they didn’t care about their faith. Take time to listen, and be willing to invest time to find the answers. They need to know that Jesus loves them!

Older kids may not be as interested in some of the Easter traditions, but almost all of them will love an Easter basket. 

You can start a new tradition of tucking into the basket, among their favorite Easter candy, maybe a gift card, and other Easter treats, a devotional that is written for someone their age like this one for girls and this one for teens in general

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (2) picture of teenage girl reading Bible

Would your teen appreciate a new Bible? Those who like to journal might enjoy a new journaling Bible, like this line of journaling Bibles designed for teen girls. Teen boys might like the Life Application Study Bible

These reminders of hope in Christ may be just what your older child needs as they navigate life.

What does the Bible say about Easter?

If you are wondering about Easter, or want to get deeper into the Easter story, these Bible verses about Easter take you through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us, and His victory over death through the resurrection! 

Jesus prophesied his death and resurrection

“Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” John 2:19-22 ESV

Jesus willingly served the Father

“And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” Mark 14:36 ESV

People rallied against Jesus

“So he [Pilate] delivered him over to them to be crucified.” John 19:16 ESV

Jesus made the sacrifice for our sins

“There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” John 19:18 ESV

Jesus forgave the very ones crucifying Him

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (4) text of Luke 23 34 ESV

“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.” Luke 23:34 ESV

Jesus offered forgiveness even as He was dying

“And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:42-43 ESV

Jesus died on the cross

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.” Matthew 27:50 ESV

Jesus was resurrected!

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (5) text of Matthew 28 6 ESV

“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6 ESV

Jesus appeared to the disciples

“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’” John 20:29 ESV

Jesus gave us work to do before He left this earth

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (6) text of Matthew 28 19 20 ESV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 ESV

Watch this YouTube video for 8 Bible Verses about Easter:

A Prayer for Easter

Christian Easter basket ideas for kids (7) text of a prayer for Easter

Dear Lord, 

We are so thankful for Easter! Thank You for dying for our sins, and for Your resurrection. We are so grateful for Your forgiveness. 

May we live lives that honor You and bring You glory! 

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Watch this video of the prayer here.

No matter the age of your children, it is never too early or too late to encourage them to grow in their faith in Christ. Use one or more of these ways to talk to your kids about Easter and the amazing story of Jesus. 

Take time at Easter to celebrate Jesus and Resurrection Sunday with them!

Thank you for reading about Christian Easter Basket Ideas for Kids. I hope you found some of these religious Easter basket ideas helpful. Please also check out Bible Journal Ideas and Bible Verses for Teacher Appreciation.

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