Educational Easter basket gifts


Easter is a couple of weeks away and we’re rushing around trying to decide what to fill our little one’s baskets with this year. We know candy and toys are fun and always appreciated by kids, but what about adding an educational gift or two this time around? Gifts like books that teach reading comprehension or sensory play items will make a big impact and show kids that learning can be fun.

Card games provide hidden learning
Card games are a great way for kids to learn while having fun! They’re small and easy to tuck into an Easter basket along with candy and other little treats. Card games such as Uno teach kids about numbers and colors. Old Maid teaches numbers, matching to make pairs of cards. You can use a regular deck of cards or get a fun picture deck of Old Maid for a more kid-friendly version. Go Fish can be played with any standard deck of cards and teaches children numbers, matching and how to ask for something in a public space. Shy kids will benefit from this game just by speaking up and asking questions with their friends, family or people they are comfortable being around.

Books teach reading, mindfulness and life lessons
Books obviously teach reading and word comprehension, but story time is also a good opportunity to bond with your kids. Time together reading with your little ones is not just educational, but also gives you quality time together away from TV or electronic devices. Books also have sensory qualities, as they teach young kids to turn pages and hold an item in their small hands. The experience of sitting with you while reading to each other will make lasting memories for everyone involved.

A small story book is the perfect Easter basket treat. Hard cover books can easily be stacked behind smaller items, while soft cover versions can be rolled up to save space for other goodies. Personalized books make for extra special reading, as they have your child’s very own name running throughout the entire story. Imagine the look of surprise and joy you’ll get when they realize this book was made just for them!

It’s time for slime
If your little one is into sensory play, making their own slime can be lots of fun. There are tons of slime recipes on the interwebs, just do a quick search and you’ll be shocked at how many you find. Is your kid into unicorns? How about glitter? There’s even a recipe for edible pudding slime! It’s easy to make a goody bag filled with the ingredients and a recipe card for DIY slime and pop it into the kids’ Easter baskets. Slime teaches kids to make something following a recipe, which takes reading and focus. Younger kiddos who can’t yet read will need some help with this, but that just means spending more fun time with you. Make sure to get some small plastic or glass containers for slime storage. Once the littles start making slime, they won’t want to stop. They’ll realize they need different colors and add-ins with every new batch.

Unplugged indoor activities
Coloring books, sketchbooks and puzzles are fun additions to an Easter basket that don’t require batteries. These items teach kids to relax, unplug and unwind. Coloring and activity books show kids hand-eye coordination, as well as using colors to make things pleasing to them. Kiddos will feel accomplished when finishing a page, too. Added bonus: when you put their completed pages up on display for everyone to see!

Sketchbooks and journals are great for kids who like to doodle, write or draw outside the lines. Lines? We don’t need no stinking lines! Drawing and coloring without lines teaches them to be free with their creative expression. This can help to build confidence in all aspects of their lives. Grab sketchbooks for the whole family and get everyone together for an after dinner doodle sesh!

Puzzles are another toy where the education is hidden behind just having a good time. Children are just enjoying finding the next piece to see where it fits, but are really learning motor skills, persistence and patience. Chunky wooden puzzles are great for little hands, while puzzles with smaller pieces are good for kids of all ages.

So this year, throw in a little educational gift next to the chocolate bunny and see how it goes! Should be interesting to see if the kids know their new gift is teaching them something or if it’s just good fun. It’ll kind of be like when you sneak spinach into their morning smoothie — it’s delicious AND nutritious, whether they know it or not. These gifts are also great when April showers hit and you’re stuck indoors. When your kiddos complain that they’re bored or tired of (insert their favorite game/show/toy here), stow away the devices and pull out that Easter basket of good and educational stuff!







New on Frecklebox – The Water Fairy

We’ve added a super cute new storybook to Frecklebox this week! Personalize this sweet book with your child as the star of this underwater adventure. Available in hard cover size 8” x 8” and soft cover size 8.5” x 8.5”.

The Water Fairy storybook



Valentine’s Day crafts

Valentine’s Day is next week and we’re getting our craft supplies out and ready for some good stuff! We like these kid-friendly craft ideas to celebrate February 14th. These would be fun to do with the family or as a classroom party activity!
















Fruit Loop Bird Feeder by Sweet and Simple Living










Paper Heart Wreath by Play for a Day












Thumbprint Heart Bookmark by Crafts for all Seasons

And for a sweet little treat to get you through all these projects…













Sprinkle Oreo Pops by Catch My Party

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Freckle friends!

And of course, we recommend using our personalized valentine’s day coloring pages located here free coloring pages. Just put in the names of the children and print them now.


Christmas gifts kids can make








A handmade gift is truly a gift from the heart. I especially love gifts made by the little ones in my life, as I know the time and effort they put into it just for me. Whether a simple drawing or something more involved, DIY gifts are extra special! Here are a few ideas for gifts the kids can make.









Handmade Snowmen Ornament
by megduerksen.com/







Recycled Key Wind Chime
 from giving.innerchildfun.com/








Mini Moss Terrariums from alldressedinblue.blogspot.com/











Iron-On Tote Bag from marthastewart.com/

Have fun making gifts this holiday season!


New Holiday Fun Coloring Book

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for the kids this year? The new Holiday Fun Coloring and Activity Book at Frecklebox is just what the doctor ordered! 20 pages of creative fun from Simon+Kabuki make a rainy day seem not so bad. Order today!



Shop easy this holiday season


Check out our interactive Frecklebox holiday catalog for the easiest holiday shopping ever! Click product links that take you directly to the item or category on our site — quick and simple. Shop for your favorite little cuties without ever leaving the house.

Happy shopping!


Halloween parties with Frecklebox

October is finally here and we’re already excited about Halloween! This time of year is so fun — decorating, stocking up on bags of candy (ok, eating that candy and buying more on October 30), dreaming up costumes and planning parties.

Have you been thinking about your Halloween party yet? Between the food and games and favors, there’s so much to do! Let us make it easy for you with personalized placemats and stickers. The kids will love seeing their name on their very own party favors that they can take home and use every day!











Bonus, Frecklebox Halloween treats are 25% off this week! Spooky Stickers are now just $2.96 and Festive Placemats are now just $7.46. Use code BOO25 at checkout to receive your discount. Hurry, offer ends Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014! Cannot be combined with other offers.











We’ve also got Free Personalized Coloring Pages — a fun activity for the party or at home. Just personalize with your little ghoul’s name, download and print at home!

Happy party planning!