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Exceptional Easter guide

2014 Easter Basket picks
2014 Easter Basket picks
Jennifer Azevedo

From a beautiful table to a fun-filled basket, you can create an exceptional Easter with these exciting new holiday treasures. Easter baskets filled with fun new toys to encourage learning and playing outdoors as well as stunning tableware and bakeware are featured in this holiday guide released today by the Examiner Parenting Panel.

Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit
Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit Glob

Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit

$12.00
Ages 4+
Glob Colors-Natural Art supplies  


You will feel good about coloring and eating your  Easter eggs with your family when you use 100% pure and natural Easter egg dyes made from herbs and plants with no artificial dyes or chemicals.  This dye pack includes three FDA approved colors: cabbage, annatto and radish (yellow, purple and blue) that you can create a rainbow of colors with.  It also comes with three bamboo brushes and leaf print decorating instructions.  One pack includes enough color for 1-2 dozen eggs and is non-toxic and CPSIA compliant.

Pottery Barn Kids Basket Liners
Pottery Barn Kids Basket Liners Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn Kids Basket Liners

Pottery Barn Kids Basket Liners
$10-$50

All Ages

Pottery Barn has a beautiful collection of Easter baskets and liners that are sure to make children excited for Easter for years to come.  From puffy animal baskets to tutu liners, there is something special for each unique child.

Brenna Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal
Brenna Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal Melissa & Doug

Brenna Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal

All Ages
$14.99
Toys R' Us

This sweet bunny from Melissa & Doug will brighten up any Easter basket and put a smile on your child's face.  It is very well made, with wired ears that stay in any position you put them in.  Brenna Bunny is just the right size for a basket at 20"x 10" and has a fluffy tail and a polka-dot bow tie.  She is ready to hop right into your Easter celebration!

Bixie Butterfly Kids' Binoculars
Bixie Butterfly Kids' Binoculars Melissa & Doug

Bixie Butterfly Kids' Binoculars

Ages 3+
$6.99
Toys R' Us

Encourage your children to explore the environment with these child-friendly binoculars.  The 4X25 adjustable field glasses come in butterfly or caterpillar and will bring distant objects along with their love for nature into clear detail.

Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go
Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go Crayola

Crayola Color Wonder Mini Stow & Go

Ages 3+
$8.99
Walmart, Target
 

Crayola Color Wonder pens bring the magic of Easter to life with the gradual reveal of bright spring colors only on  magical paper.  This magic paper ensures that there will not be coloring on skin, furniture or carpets!  The stow and go is a case that is also a portable writing surface with room to store your creations as well as your Crayola Color Wonder pens.  This set is perfect for travelling and for your Easter basket.

Play-Doh Makeables
Play-Doh Makeables Hasbro

Play-Doh Makeables

Ages 3+
$2.99
Available at most major toy retailers


This new assortment of play-doh will brighten up your basket and keep the creativity flowing for hours.  They are the perfect size for an Easter basket and for taking on the go.  Just released for spring the following packs are available: Aqua Ocean Adventure, Berry Bright Bakery, and Primary Pets.

Tootle Turtle Kids' Gardening Tote Set
Tootle Turtle Kids' Gardening Tote Set Melissa & Doug

Tootle Turtle Kids' Gardening Tote Set

Ages 3+
$14.99
Melissa & Doug


Nurture a love for gardening and teach a life lesson with this set of gardening tools that are organized in a tote.  The tools are just the right size for little hands and are very well made.  Your kids will dig it!

My First Crayola’s Easy-Grip Egg-Shaped Crayons
My First Crayola’s Easy-Grip Egg-Shaped Crayons Crayola

My First Crayola’s Easy-Grip Egg-Shaped Crayons

Ages 12 months+
$5.99
Target, Toys R Us

Fill your little ones Easter baskets with these crayons that are made particularly for little hands.  Easy-Grip Egg-Shaped Crayons come in brilliant primary colors and are sure to safely stimulate babies creativity.

Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0
Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0 Hasbro

Gazillion Bubbles Typhoon 2.0

Ages 3+
$19.99
Available at most major toy retailers


This bubble fountain instantly blows more than 5,000 bubbles per minute without a pump (it uses 4 AA batteries).  Simply put a special cap on your bottle of bubbles and insert the bottle into the fountain, push a button and voi-la!  Children will be chasing bright colorful bubbles floating throughout your garden!

Littlest Pet Shop Cozy Condo Playset
Littlest Pet Shop Cozy Condo Playset Hasbro

Littlest Pet Shop Cozy Condo Playset

Ages 4+
$14.99
Available at most major toy retailers


When they can't be outside, kids can pretend outside play with the Littlest Pet Shop Condo assortment. This habitat features a tree house, a fire hydrant slide and  pet themed rooms.  The condo comes with two bobblehead pets and a new collection of 24 single pets that has just been released for spring.

Eleni's Cookies
Eleni's Cookies Crate & Barrel

Eleni's Cookies

$5.47 on sale now (regularly $7.95)
Crate and Barrel


These adorable and delicious cookies come in a lamb, chick, and bunny shapes.  They would be perfect for your Easter basket or place one at each dinner setting for a sweet personal touch.  Eleni's cookies are baked from scratch and hand-decorated.  They are certified kosher and have been famous since Eleni introduced them at Manhattan's Chelsea Market in 2007.

Peter Rabbit Place Settings
Peter Rabbit Place Settings Pottery Barn Kids

Peter Rabbit Place Settings

$35-Peter Rabbit Plate
$12.50-Peter Rabbit Green Egg Shaped Bowls (Set of two)
Available at Pottery Barn Kids


Create a delightful Easter table with this set of lovable Peter Rabbit Place Settings.  The plate is 10" diameter with exclusive artwork. The Egg shaped bowl is decorated with a Beatrix Potter image.  Both are  BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free and dishwasher safe.

Le Creuset egg holders
Le Creuset egg holders Le Creuset

Le Creuset egg holders

Le Creuset Egg Holders

$40

Available at Le Creuset.com

You have put a lot of work into creating beautiful Easter eggs-they deserve to be displayed elegantly!  This set of six brilliantly colored egg cups will do the trick, and will be perfect for soft boiled eggs as well.  Made with traditional Le Creuset quality and beauty, they feature dense stoneware that will block moisture absorption to prevent cracking.

 

Le Creuset Egg Dying Contest
Le Creuset Egg Dying Contest Le Creuset

Le Creuset Egg Dying Contest

Show us your eggs!  Le Creuset and the San Francisco Examiner Parenting Panel are giving away a beautiful set of Le Creuset egg holders.  To be eligible to win, simply upload a photo of your eggs here and tell us which color from the Le Creuset line they are inspired by.  Winner will be chosen at random and will receive their prize by mail.