Spring is in the air and Easter is right around the corner. Here are some wholesome alternatives to conventional Easter products that are a little better for you (and the environment), and just as colorful. The snow has melted and it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air!
Natural Easter Egg Dye
Especially if your kids like to help out in the kitchen, start by making your own Easter Egg Dye using easy to find fruits and vegetables like beets, blueberries and onions. It doesn’t take too much time or effort, and makes the egg-dying experiment a multi-step activity.
If you don’t have the time to create your own Easter Egg Dye, try out Glob’s Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit. Their egg dyes are made from herbs and plants (annatto, radish and cabbage), are non-toxic and CPSIA compliant. They are packaged in Post Consumer Waste Paper printed with vegetable inks.
18 Rabbits Bars
Instead of filling your kids baskets with chocolate bunnies, how about a healthier bunny-themed snack? We have been enjoying 18 Rabbit Bars lately, especially the Cherry, Dark Chocolate & Almond Bar. They are made with organic ingredients and are delicious to boot!
18 Rabbits also donates 1% of their products to kids without access to affordable, nutritious food, which is a great message to share with your children.
Play Love Laugh Nail Polish
If you’re looking for something colorful for the Easter Bunny to leave in your kids’ basket, Play Love Laugh Nail Polish is a great eco-friendly choice. You’d never guess it derives its bright colors from fruit and vegetables. Unlike conventional nail polish, it doesn’t contain acetone, acetates or alcohol. Not only is it non-toxic, gluten-free and vegan, it peels right off nails – no nail polish remover necessary!
Natural Jelly Beans
Easter wouldn’t be the same without jelly beans, but we aren’t fans of the artificial colors found in most brands. We especially like Trader Joe’s Gourmet Jelly Beans. They contain natural flavors, and are colored with fruit and vegetable based dyes. If you want organic jelly beans, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are a good, albeit less colorful, choice.
Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of raising Eco-conscious kids, and spring is a great time to get out of the house and have some fun.
If your kids can’t get enough of Easter Egg hunting, or if eggs aren’t part of their diet, then send them on a Snipe Hunt instead. This Snipe Game sends your kids out as a team or opponents to find the hidden Snipes and return them to their nest. After a bit, the Snipes begin to chirp and light up to help the hunters find them.
Living Easter Basket
Back in 2009, Joy wrote a great post about making a living Easter Basket. Although it might be too late to plant grass seeds, you could buy some to use instead of the plastic kind that just ends up in the trash. If you have pets, you could use Pet Grass and let them in on the Easter fun!