You have the colorful basket you have used for years, or maybe this year is a first in your family’s tradition for Easter baskets. There’s no problem finding a vast array of stuffed animals, Easter candy, or other Easter basket ideas. I mean who can say no to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate Easter eggs or Starburst jelly beans? I digress. The point is, you know how to stuff the basket full of goodies that will fill your child’s or grandchild’s belly, but what can you put in the basket that will fuel their faith?
As a veteran children’s ministry leader and a mom, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite resources to give you plenty of faith-filled Easter basket ideas.
Easter Basket Ideas for Preschool Kids
- The Very First Easter This inexpensive book from the creators of “The Beginner’s Bible” is a great way to introduce your youngest learners to the incredible truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
2. The ABCs of God’s Attributes As you teach your preschoolers their letters, why not also help them discover the attributes of God. These cards from Tiny Theologians serve as a fun way to bring the unchanging character of God to life for kids.
3. “Ready, Set, Go” Little Praise Party DVD Yancy brings rockstar flavor with a commitment to never water down the truth. She delivers in an exciting way through lively music. “Little Praise Party” is about inviting young hearts to a relationship with Jesus by beginning a foundation of theology through worship.
4. Colorful: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us Help your little ones celebrate their skin color as another example of God’s creativity. This easy-to-read book provides a new approach to discussing race with children. Instead of being colorblind, we can choose to celebrate each color God gave us and be colorful instead.
5. Who Sang the First Song? This colorful board book from Dove Award-winning recording artist Ellie Holcomb reveals that God our Maker sang the first song. And He created us all with a song to sing.
6. “Sing, Creation Songs” CD This CD companion to the book “Who Sang the First Song?” is a great way to continue learning through music. Ellie writes songs that were directly inspired by both God’s Word and His beautiful creation.
7. Don’t Forget to Remember This is another board book from Ellie Holcomb. This book celebrates creation’s reminders of God’s love, which surrounds us from sunrise to sunset, even on our most forgetful of days.
8. “Sing, Remembering Songs” CD Another CD companion to this second board book from Ellie Holcomb. On this CD, you’ll find songs rooted in scripture that remind you and your little ones of how God created the earth to remind us of His love.
9. Holy Week Paper Theater This download comes with nine color printable sheets and full step by step instructions. Kids will have fun playing and learning at the same time.
Easter Basket Ideas for Elementary Kids
10. Cornerstones: 200 Questions and Answers to Learn Truth This beautifully designed book uses the regular rhythm of asking and answering to introduce children to spiritual truths and spark a hunger within them to know God even more.
11. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross This book is one of my favorites during the Easter season and beyond. This beautifully illustrated hardback book takes children on a journey from the Garden of Eden to God’s perfect new creation.
12. The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross Coloring & Activity Book This is a great resource to use alone or with the hardback book. This activity book contains 32 pages of coloring, puzzles, mazes, and activities to help children discover the story of the whole Bible.
13. Scripture Memory Cards Want to help your child memorize Scripture? These colorful cards from Tiny Theologians provide a stair-step technique, offering hints as children learn to hide God’s Word in their heart.
14. Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science In this hardback devotional book, kids will discover the wonders of the universe with the Creator.
15. God’s Very Good Idea One of my favorite children’s books ever! This stunningly illustrated journey from the Garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ.
16. God’s Very Good Idea” Coloring and Activity Book Just like “The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross,” “God’s Very Good Idea” provides an additional resource to use together on or its own. Two pages of coloring, puzzles, mazes, and activities for children based around God’s Very Good Idea celebrating diversity and helping children see how people from all ethnic and social backgrounds are valuable to God.
17. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New This hardcover book is a stunningly illustrated beginner’s theology book to help kids of all ages understand who God is and how we, as his children, relate to Him. (Plus, it’s good for adults!)
18. Seeds Family Worship Want to sing songs and memorize Scripture at the same time? Seeds Family Worship offers many CD options where they set verses from the Bible to music.
19. Easter Love Letters from God This interactive book provides a great way for you to teach your child about Holy Week and Easter. Easter Love Letters from God contains seven beautifully illustrated Bible stories, each accompanied by a special Bible verse and an encouraging letter tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope that can be personalized to your child.
20. Braver Smarter Stronger Is there a young girl in your life who is suffering from anxiety or constant worry? This illustrated guide will give that precious girl practical ways to fight back when worries come up.
Easter Basket Ideas for Teens
21. Theology 101 Cards This set of 13 cards from Tiny Theologians will help your older kids and teens understand key theological words and doctrinal essentials.
22. Brave: Teens with Anxiety This teen girl’s guide will help your daughter understand anxiety’s roots and why her brain is often working against her when she starts to worry. With teen-friendly information, stories, and self-discovery exercises (including journaling and drawing prompts), she will learn practical ways to fight back when worries come up.
23. Books of the Bible Cards These beautifully designed cards from Mary Wiley are a great resource for teens as they read their Bible. The cards will help them understand where they are in the grand narrative.
24. Questions Every Teen Should Ask This book refuses to dodge the hard questions and tackles them head-on and provides life-giving answers.