Forget chocolate bunnies and jelly beans. If you are tired of the same old stuff, why not fill this year's Easter baskets with fun, spring-themed toys and books?
"The Easter Bunny has many favorites other than sweets and treats," said Laurie Schacht, who lives in Woodmere and is co-publisher of "The Toy Insider," a consumer guide for parents. "A little sugar is OK, but fill the baskets with toys and books that keep kids engaged. Mix it up with their favorite characters, toys that teach and classic creative play items."
Take a look at our fun suggestions for the Easter basket this year.
Whirlin', Twirlin' Turtle Interactive Stuffed Animal
This turtle stuffed animal wears bunny ears that match his shell, which is decorated like an egg. Press the button on his foot and he'll spin and sing a song; $32.95 at Hallmark stores and hallmark.com.
Easter Egg Bunny Plush
This 20-inch soft bunny with floppy ears is holding a plush, decorative egg; $19.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Just add water to the container and watch the egg hatch to reveal a bunny or a chick. Simply replace with clean water and watch as the Peep grows up to three-times its size. It comes in green, pink, blue and yellow; $2.99 at Toys R Us, Walmart and on littlekidstoys.com.
Egg-Shaped Tsum Tsum Set
This six-figure Tsum Tsum set features kid's favorite characters such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Donald Duck, Tinkerbell, Ariel and more. They are pastel and covered in glitter; $9.99 exclusively at Target.
These new collectable D-Lectables feature Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella and more. Each figure separates into four interchangeable elements that snap together, so kids can mix and match hundreds of configurations. The collection features miniature sweet treats, such as ice cream, milk shakes and cupcakes; $2.99 at amazon.com.
Heroes Bath Squirties Set
These toys float and squirt water, perfect for the bath or pool. The set includes a firefighter, a fire engine, a fire house, a police officer and a police car; $24 at potterybarnkids.com.
Hot Wheels Easter
These collectible Hot Wheels vehicles include six different models and are decorated in Easter themes; $1.07 each at toysrus.com.
Design Your Own Putty Kit
Add color, sparkle and more to the five clear putties included in this kit. It also comes with three concentrated primary color putties, three special effects putties, six colored pencils and one mixing mat with color combination ideas; $20 at uncommongoods.com.
itty bittys Looney Tunes Mystery Egg
Each surprise egg features a Looney Tunes itty bitty plush character. You won't know who you get until the egg is cracked open. The characters include Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Marvin The Martian; $8.95 at Hallmark stores and on hallmark.com.
Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Objects Tea Set
Enjoy a tea party for two with Mrs. Potts, the doting housekeeper, and her sweet son Chip, the teacup, from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" movie. Pour the tea and Mrs. Potts' eyes blink. Watch Chip wobble on his saucer. The set comes with a teapot with removable lid, sugar bowl, two spoons, cups and saucers; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
'Mojicon Scented Stackable Minis Scented Screen Cleaners
Not only can you collect these mini plush characters, but they are also come in scents such as strawberry, grape and cherry. They feature special fabric on their bellies, so you can clean your smart phones and tablets, too. Choose from 12 different styles including gumballs, sprinkles, tie-dye, gummy bear and more; $5 at toptrenz.com.
Zoomer Zupps Tiny Pups
Interact with Zoomer Zupps by petting the top of their heads or pressing their nose to hear puppy sounds. If you leave one alone for too long, it will whimper to get attention. Each Zupp has a secret trick to discover. Available in a variety of characters and styles; $14.99 at Toys R Us, Target and more.
Add the collectible line of hair pin accessories to a buns, braids, ponytails and more. Each Buntopper characters has her own distinct features, for example, Alex the Rockstar, Ellie the Cook, Lily the Soccer Player, Reece the Bookworm, Violet the Ballet Dancer and more; $9 each at buntoppers.com.
This cuddly companion features soft polyester fur with a nylex mouth. The duck can sit only; $24 at potterybarnkids.com.
Made from paraffin wax, these crayons are easy for little hands to grip as they color. Instead of the typical stick shape, they take the form of hollow cones, so they won't roll off the table. The crayons are sold in a set of 12; $10 at uncommongoods.com.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Easter Plush
Mickey and Minnie Mouse get into the Easter spirit with pastel outfits and bunny ear headbands; $19.95 each at Disney Store or disneystore.com.
Carrot-Top Easter Playset
This festive Easter set features a bunny family, a carrot house, a basket, a carrot and an egg plush. The set zips closed for easy on-the-go travel; $39.98 at magiccabin.com.
'The Happy Little Rabbit' book and Rabbit Plush
This Kohl's Cares exclusive features an illustrated book and a soft rabbit toy. One hundred percent of the net profit from the sale of this item will support kids' health and education initiatives around the country; $5 at Kohl's stores and on kohls.com.
itty bittys® DreamWorks Trolls Poppy Stuffed Animal Limited Edition
These little companions come "Trolls" characters Poppy (pictured) and Branch; $7.95 at Hallmark stores and hallmark.com.
Kleynimals Stainlesss Steel Rattle
Similar to toy keys, babies can shake and play with this non-toxic, stainless steel rattle. Each charm features a cute animal face and makes a jingling sound; $35 at kleynimals.com.
Mickey and the Roadster Racers Pit Crew Toolbox
Based on Disney Junior's hit show, this racer-themed tool box comes with 23 tools including a mallet, flat head screwdriver, two wrenches, play metal plates, screws, nuts and nails; $12.99 at Toys R Us stores and toysrus.com.
"Easter Puppy Parade"
This seasonal book written by Janet Lawler and illustrated by Irene Chan features pop-ups and interactive surprises about a clumsy little Easter Bunny; $19.99 at papyrusonline.com.
'Mojicon Poop Easter Bunny Pillow
The popular poop emoji has gotten an Easter makeover with bunny ears and a cotton tail. Available in pink or blue; $20 at toptrenz.com.
This compact playhouse unfolds to a larger playset and includes two figures (Jinja and Rosie), a bed, two chairs, a table, two cups, two bowls, a slide and a ladder. The built-in handle makes it easy for kids to carry; $29.99 at amazon.com.
Bear in Bunny Suit Plush
This soft bear is dressed up for Easter wearing a cozy bunny suit; $14.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Hattie the Lamb Stuffed Animal
This fluffy, handcrafted polyester lamb makes a cute addition to any Easter basket; $19.95 at pier1imports.com.
Shopkins Beans are a great size for Easter baskets and small enough to take on the go. Available in multiple characters from the toy line, including Kookie Cookie, Strawberry Kiss and more; $5.99 at major retail stores.
Boo Coin Purse
This coin purse is modeled after Boo, the popular Pomeranian with more than 16 million Facebook fans; $10 at gund.com.
These soft and squishy pencil toppers come in single blind packs, four-packs and seven-packs and feature Marvel, DC Comics and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters. There are 120 different characters to collect; $1.99 for a single pack, $5.99 for a four-pack and $9.99 for a seven-pack at ooshies.net.
House Pet Blocks
This set of wooden blocks feature a dog, cat, mouse and bunny; $17 at uncommongoods.com.
Shopkins Surprise Easter Basket 2 Pack
New Easter Shopkins two packs come in a picnic basket. There are a total of 36 to collect as well as a limited edition metallic egg. Some include pastel-colored bonnets, patterned Easter egg, picnic treats and more; $2.99 exclusively at Walmart.
Build Your Own Charm Necklace
Completely customize a necklace for your little one by choosing the type of chain, stone and length. Add an initial and choose from 10 charms including a balloon, a bird, a dragonfly, a ladybug, ice cream cone and more; $58 at isabellegracejewelry.com.
Skylanders Egg Bomber Air Strike
Air Strike is a new "egg" Skylander character, who trained birds especially the rare Blue Zephyr Falcons. He also rescued stolen eggs and returned them. One of them hatched, an energetic Falcon, named Birdie; $15.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
'Mojicon Pom Pom CZ Bling Keychains
These keychains feature pom poms and emoji charms with glitter and more. Choose from five different charm designs; $9 at toptrenz.com.
Eggs'hausted 5-Pack PocketBac Sanitizers
These jellybean-scented hand sanitizers condition hands with aloe & vitamin E; $6 for a five at bathandbodyworks.com.
Bunny Sippy Cup
This cup has a lid shaped like a rabbit's head and includes a straw and two handles for easy gripping. Also available in pink; $3.99 at Target stores and target.com.
Easter Mystery Tsum Tsum
Each blind box contains one of four, vanilla-scented mini Tsum Tsum plush characters: Mickey, Minnie, Dumbo and Donald; $6.95 at the Disney Store and on disneystore.com.
Mini Body Butter Sampler Set
The Body Shop gift set features a sampler of six of their best-selling Body Butters, which include Coconut, Shea, Olive, Satsuma, Mango and Strawberry; $30 at ulta.com.
Dumpling the Dog with Bunny Ears Stuffed Animal
This soft puppy is ready for Easter with it's pink bunny ears; $9.95 at pier1.com.
Peter Rabbit Memory Matching Game
Based on Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit series, this set includes 36 pairs of cards, each with an illustrated scene; $15.95 at hearthsong.com.
Pop open Surprizamals from the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company and cute, collectible animals pop out. There are many characters to collect, including Cristy Crab, Kit Cat, Izzy Unicorn and more; $4.90 at surprizamals.com.
Bunny Felt Baby Slippers
Babies six months to 12 months old can keep their feet cozy and warm with these wool bunny booties; $32 at uncommongoods.com.
Chat and Count Cell Phone
Kids can sing along to songs about counting, explore more than 15 phone activities and call on Scout for learning fun, calls and voicemails; $14.99 at Walmart stores and walmart.com.
Barbie Dreamtopia Bubbletastic Fairy Doll
Barbie fairy dolls feature bubble-making wings. Pour the bubble solution into the butterfly-shaped tray and dip the doll's wings into the solution. Simply pull the yellow bow on her belt and the wings will spin to make bubbles; $19.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
Food Chatters Assortment
Push the button on the Food Chatters and hear a silly sound. The set includes popcorn, birthday cake, ice cream cone and soda pop. They also feature keychain loops to attach to backpacks and more; $8.99 at macrobaby.com.
Bunny in Carrot Zipper Plush
Unzip this carrot plush to find a soft, cuddly bunny; $9.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Little Live Pets Hedgehog
These hedgehogs wobble about and when kids touch their nose, they roll into a ball, like a real hedgehog. They crawl back and hide away then pop out their head and continue to play. Collect all six including Pinny Angel, Snowbie, Sally Seeds, Princess Pickles and Shy Guy; $12.99 at Target stores and target.com.
Jungle in My Pocket Cage Carrier
Available in yellow with a green leaf roof and brown with a green leaf roof, each carrier includes two hidden jungle animals; $4.99 each on amazon.com.
Finn + Emma Mini Rattle
Made of organic cotton yarn and stuffed with sheep's wool, this little rattle is the perfect size for infants to hold; $22 at finnandemma.com.
Disney Beauty and the Beast Enchanged Rose Scene
This small doll set is based on Disney's new live-action film. The set comes with a Belle and Beast figure, the enchanted rose and other themed accessories; $19.99 at Toys R Us and on hasbrotoyshop.com.
Simply pop open the toy to find a soft plush animal. Kids can collect the stuffed animals and be on the lookout for rare and ultra rare editions. There are many characters to collect, including sea-themed characters, unicorns and more; $4.90 at Toys R Us.
Stitch, from Disney's "Lilo and Stitch" is ready for Easter in his bunny costume. It comes with a gingham bow and seasonal details on his ears and paws; $19.95 at the Disney Store and on disneystore.com.
Furreal Fuzz Pets
These cute pets feature expressive eyes and sounds. Simple pet them to see how they respond with head motion and eye movements. Each pet comes with an accessory. Choose from the Fabulous Kitty, Playful Goldie and So Shy Bunny (pictured); $14.99 at Toys R Us and on hasbrotoyshop.com.
Wooden Stacking Bunny Toy
Made of natural wood, this toy features geometric patterns and easy-to-grip rings; $23.98 at magiccabin.com.
Easter Plastic Slinky Jr.
The Slinky Jr. features two soft pastel colors, such as yellow, pink and blue; $3 at alexbrands.com.
PJ Masks Mini Vehicles
These mini vehicles include Catboy in his Cat-Car, Gekko in his Gekko-Mobile and Owlette in her Owl Glider. Each vehicle is sold separately; $6.99 each at Toys R Us stores and on toysrus.com.
Gift'em With Pets
There are six different Gift'em friends from six different countries. Each friend comes with a surprise regular pet or a fun-colored pet. Each set comes with a Gift'em girl, a gift box, one pet friend and one pet crate; $7.99 at Toys R Us stores or on toysrus.com.
Press 'n Go Monster Trucks
Press down on the monster's head and watch it zoom. The vehicle also features different textures, such as soft hair, teeth and horns. Available in green and pink; $9.99 at Walmart stores and on walmart.com.
Shopkins Clip-On Plus
Kids can attach the Shopkins Clip-Ons to backpacks, jeans and more. Available in a variety of Shopkins characters; $3.99 at major retail stores.
Pearl the Lamb
This little lamb comes with purple bunny shoes and a spring-themed bow; $9.95 at pier1.com.
My First Pet Shop Playset
This five-piece playset comes with a pet shop building, a cat crinkle toy, a bunny rattle, a fish squeak toy and a puppy dog sound toy. It also comes with a bonus coloring sheet; $25 at gund.com.
Emojicon Ankle Socks
The popularity of emojis have made their way onto socks. These ankle socks feature a variety of different emotions and characters; $5 at toptrenz.com.
Chick Wind-Up Toy
Wind up this furry chick and watch her waddle across the room; $4.95 at papyrusonline.com.
Belle's Dress Up Accessory Set
Inspired by Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," this set includes two "feather" hair combs with jeweled details, rose clip-on earrings and Belle's iconic "tree of life" pendant necklace; $9.99 at Toys R Us and at toysrus.com.
Glow-in-the-Dark Unbreakable Eggs
Try a nighttime egg hunt with these six glow-in-the-dark eggs. They're smooth, shiny and bounce; $12.98 at hearthsong.com.
Beatrix Potter Egg Shaped Plates
Easter-themed plates from the classic children's books are BPA and phthalate-free. Choose from four different plates featuring a Beatrix Potter design; $5 each at potterybarnkids.com.
Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box
Little ones can store their jewelry and special treasures in this Enchanted Rose jewelry box. The set lights up and plays the movie's iconic son, "Beauty and the Beast." It also comes with a "feather" ring; $24.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
Easter Animals Plush Play House Set
This play set comes with a duck, lamb and three bunnies, who each have their own rooms in this plush home. It's also easy to take on-the-go; $26.98 at hearthsong.com.
Tonka Tinys Blast & Dash Quarry Playset
Kids can race the collectible Tonka Tinys vehicles down the slide, ride over the toppling tower and activate the detonator. The set comes with an exclusive Tonka Tinys vehicle; $9.99 at funrise.com.
Alex Toys Craft Rock Pets
Paint and personalize a pet rock, with weatherproof paints to display outdoors or in. Choose from an owl (pictured), fox or turtle; $13 at alexbrands.com.
MadBalls Blind Packs
These blind packs feature the collectible MadBalls. Collect all 13 characters including Dustbrain, Horn head, Screamin' Meemie, Skull Face and more; $2.99 at Toys R Us and toysrus.com.
Kids can design and collect these portable pets that come with backpack clips. Use the adhesive jewels to decorate each pet with gems. Choose from a unicorn, fish, pony, bird, seahorse, lion, puppy, squirrel, fox, owl, kitten and dolphin; $5.99 at Walmart stores and walmart.com.
PEEPS Rainbow Plush Bunny
This rainbow shaggy plush stands 15 inches tall. It's cuddly and colorful, making it a perfect edition to any Easter basket; $19.99 at peepsandcompany.com.
Shake things up and help develop your child's musical abilities with these brightly colored eggs that make different noises; $19.99 at habausa.com.
Egg Drop Kit
Kids ages 7 and older can learn about motion, force and energy transfers as they experiment on an egg. The set includes a plastic practice egg, one crepe paper roll, one balloon, two cloth pieces, two hanging file folders, six straws and pipe cleaners, one roll of tape, three plastic bags and more; $27.99 at kohls.com.