Easter Basket Twist
This year, why not try non-candy gifts in your child’s Easter basket? I’m not saying not to give any candy at all — just cut back quite a bit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky has the seventh highest obesity rate in the nation. An estimated 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese. It begs the question, “Do we really need all those candy filled eggs on Easter?” Some children still have candy leftover from Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and even Halloween. Health officials and dietitians assert that moderation is the key, and this applies to candy too.
Easter baskets can be filled with special treats that are not sugar filled or coated with chocolate. Parents can choose gifts that promote the spirit of the holiday or follow a theme. How about a basket centered on cooking, painting, game night, or physical activity? Both boys and girls will enjoy side walk chalk, play dough, stickers, bubbles, keychains, books, and bath toys. Girls may prefer lip balm, pretty paper and pencils, jeweled pens, hair accessories, and scented lotion. Boys might like toy cars, trading cards, Pokémon, Legos, and action figures. In the end, you know your child’s interests. Fill their baskets with less candy and little more imagination this year.
Written by Annhall Norris, Extension Associate for Food Safety and Preservation, with the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.