My daughter’s first Easter came around the time when she was 15 months old. She didn’t understand what Easter is about but we wanted to do something special and start our Easter tradition.
If this is your child’s first year, think about what kind of traditions you’d like to have for this special holiday. We decided that every year we would have an Easter Egg hunt, either at my in laws, in our home or at a friends house and we would also have the Easter bunny bring a few small gifts.
You can make this tradition your own and it can develop into something bigger as they get older. For example, we didn’t dye eggs for our first Easter but now we do it every year using this natural egg dying kit (check our tutorial here).
For my child’s first Easter, I made her a big Easter basket where we put most of the gifts from the Easter bunny and we also made a giant Easter egg where I stuffed one of her gifts. The great thing about making a special basket is that you can keep on using every Easter. My daughter is now 5 and we still use the same basket for Easter.
Keep in mind that we use this big basket for gifts from the Easter bunny and we also have a non-toxic Easter Eggs for the actual Easter egg hunt.
Easter Egg Hunt for 1 Year Olds
Just because they’re little it doesn’t mean they can’t have their own little Easter egg hunt. Our very first one we did it just at my in-laws and there was no one else but my daughter picking up the eggs. Now we have several friends come over and it’s even more fun!
We avoided the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt when she was one because it’s hard to get eggs since there are older kids around that are much faster. If your neighborhood doesn’t offer an Easter Egg hunt for younger children, just have one in your yard or in a park, if you don’t have a yard.
At this age it’s all about making it fun and easy for them. Get non-toxic Easter Eggs because they will most likely try put these eggs in their mouth.
What I love about these Eco eggs is that they’re very durable. We ordered them when my kid was one, she’s now 5 and we still use them for every Easter. Plus, these eggs are non-toxic, and use a plant-based plastic and have a secure closure. They are also fully compostable after use.
Place the eggs around your yard so they’re in very visible places. Remember, this is your child’s first Easter so you don’t need to hide the eggs. It’s all about learning what the Easter egg hunt is all about.
Children learn my watching us, so pick up one or two eggs and put them in your child’s basket. Then let you child pick up all the eggs. You can guide them if they’re not seeing some of the eggs.
Once you’re done collecting all the eggs, show your child how to open them and let them have fun with what’s inside!
My one year old was so excited about the Easter egg hunt that we actually did it a few more times before we put the eggs away.
What to put inside your Easter Eggs
Since my child was only one I didn’t want to put tiny toys inside that she might end up chewing on and choking. Plus, we really try to avoid having plastic toys at this age due to the toxic chemicals in some of these toys. We also didn’t want her to have candy because she’s so young.
The Eco Easter Eggs are actually pretty big and can fit snacks. So I washed all the eggs and filled them up with baby and toddler snacks. I didn’t put too many snacks inside the eggs, just enough for my child to have something to snack on and something in every egg.
Here are some snacks ideas for your Easter eggs:
- Berries: strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
- Just fruits and veggies
- Happy Yogis
- Happy Creamies
- Happy Puffs
- Happy Munchies
You can also put whatever other snacks your child loves and if possible, make sure they’re organic.
If you child is closer to two you might be able to put little toys inside your eggs, here are some ideas. You can also get creative and put things like socks or buy a Lego Duplo set and put a few pieces inside each egg. If you can’t get all the Duplo pieces inside the eggs, you can put the rest of the duplo pieces in the Easter basket.
Easter basket gift ideas for one year olds:
Fill the Easter basket with a few fun toys and some necessities. We always give the kids something fun, something useful, a treat or snack and a book.
Something useful: This can be some socks or an outfit.
Treat or Snack: Put one bag of your child’s favorite snacks. As they can older, you can replace this organic Easter chocolate.
A book: I like giving my kids two books for Easter, one easter themed and another book they can read throughout the year. Our favorite Easter book for one year olds is this one because of the flaps.
Put bunny tracks
This is one of my favorite Easter traditions! When my daughter wakes up there is a trail of bunny tracks going from her to wherever we put the Easter basket. She has to follow the bunny tracks to find the basket.
We just set them up the night before, after she’s gone to bed so we don’t have to worry if she wakes up sooner than we do. It is so much for the littles ones and makes it for a fun tradition! We started doing this when she was one and we still do it every Easter.
There you have it – lots of ideas to make your child’s first Easter extra special. Did you do any other activity with your little ones? Share it in the comments.
Post riginally published on April, 2014. Updated on March 2018.