Growing up I looked forward to finding goodies in my Easter basket more than I did to the anticipation of christmas gifts. Plus the candy and the pretty colors of Easter just called to me. Now I want to pass that joy onto my little girls but I also want to encourage the development of their crafty and creative side. So what’s a mom to do to combine Easter with little girls who love to create? I made the perfect Easter basket for creative girls, all found at my local grocery store, Kroger.
The first thing I needed was a basket. Kroger had a ton of amazing baskets that were too pretty to add a crafty touch. Finally I settled on a simple plastic basket that was already very nice looking but I had an idea in mind and the $2 price tag helped me deal with the fact that I was going to give it a drastic face-lift.
My plan was to make a chalkboard Easter basket. The girls can write their names on it or just sit and doodle on it once the sugar crash hits on Easter afternoon.
Start by taping off the top edge of the basket with painter’s tape. Cover the handle and all edges that you might not want painted or you will get to spend a few minutes scraping off unwanted overspray (ask me how I know). The first coat should be very light. Add more coats as they dry. I did four coats but it dries quickly if you spray on very light coats. After the final coat the basket needs to sit for at least 24 hours to cure. If you don’t wait than the chalkboard might scrape off.
After the paint has cured, you’re ready to get to work filling your basket.
I’m lucky to have an amazing Kroger Signature grocery store by me. It even has furniture and a jewelry store in it (what?). I know, that’s pretty sweet. But it also has a big arts and crafts section right by the toys. They know how to help us raise crafty kids.
I headed straight to that section and stocked up.
Construction paper to draw on, sparkly pipe cleaners to create mini sculptures with, glitter glue because it’s glitter that won’t be tracked all over your house, foam stickers, markers and colored pencils were all thrown into my cart. It’s the perfect supplies to give a creative little girl. Some of it you might already have on hand but any parent knows that restocking is a very good thing.
I also added in confetti eggs from their amazing Easter section because they are so fun. If you’ve never bought (or made) them before than you definitely should. I always buy them because Kroger has them every year for Easter. You crack them over people’s heads and confetti goes everywhere. Who doesn’t love that? Ignore that last statement if you hate to sweep.
Of course you can’t forget the candy! This year Kroger had really cute plastic fillable Stencil Easter Eggs that I couldn’t resist. They’re also the perfect size for mini Kit-Kat bars.
Helping your kids discover their creativity and grow their craftiness is sometime you can achieve anytime, even on Easter. This is also the perfect basket to donate to families having a hard time this Easter that have a mix of boys and girls.
What do you think? What would you add to an Easter Basket for creative kids?
*This is a sponsored post for Kroger. It still represents my own thoughts and ideas and I really do hope you make this for your own kids this Easter. *