Easter Gift Ideas at Babipur
The tradition of the easter egg hunt
For many, an egg hunt is synonymous with the family traditions of Easter, whether you celebrate the Christian holiday or not. It may not surprise you to know that the traditions of Easter are not only rooted in Christianity, but are thought by some to date back hundreds of years to Pagan heritage. To Christians, the egg is a symbol of the re-birth of Jesus and the coming of spring. However, the traditions of chasing after painted eggs pre-dates Christianity. Many cultures around the world believe the egg to be symbolic of fertility and new beginnings. It is believed by some that ‘Easter’ was derived from the Pagan fertility goddess ‘Eostre’. This has been questioned over time as the belief is almost exclusively only seen in the work of ‘Bede’, and very little outside of his musings. In many other languages, ‘Easter’ is derived from the latin for ‘passover’.
Whether it be Christian, Pagan, or just good old fashioned family fun, why not try an easter egg hunt with a difference this year? Perhaps you could hide clues around the garden to then win a small prize at the end? Or use our Okonorm egg dye kit to beautifully adorn your own eggs to steal away in secret places around the house?
As always, at Babipur, we have a whole lot of ethical loveliness for you to spoil your little ones with alternatives to chocolate this Easter…
Whether you want to give your littlest ones a chocolate treat at Easter or not, sometimes it’s nice to have a little sugar free treat they can enjoy as well. The Lanco rubber chick teether is perfectly shaped for little hands to grab play with. Completely safe to chew on, made from 100% natural rubber, hand made and painted with food grade dyes. Perfect for soothing sore little teething gums.
The Plan Toys bunny rattle is perfect for babies from around four months. Perfect for exploring different sounds and textures which help to develop auditory and fine motor skills. Made from safe, non-toxic paint, which means these teething toys are safe for your little ones to put in their mouths and chew.
Growing babies and toddlers love to push toys around and they can support natural development of movement. The Plan Toys bunny, chicken and and duck racer are great to get little ones on the move. They have a gentle curve design it’s easy for little ones to grab and push and helps develop fine motor skills. It’s easy roll wheels means you’re sure to win every race and believe us they are pretty nippy and very robust!
Or perhaps you would like something a little more vintage? In which case the Plan Toys racing cars are definitely right up your street, perfect for the little (and big) motoring enthusiast in your life! Featuring turning front wheels for all those tight getaways…
If you would like a little something that closely resembles an egg, our wooden balls are very popular and all kinds of fun. The Grimm’s balls are available in a variety of colours and come in a little egg box too. Not only can your children enjoy rolling, moving and sliding the balls, they will enjoy putting them in and out of the egg box and carrying them around too!
Perhaps you have a determined toddler on your hands that is ready to be up and away. A push along toy like the Plan Toys dancing bunny. Toddlers just love to proudly take their little bunny for a walk wherever they go. His little legs flapping and paws bobbing will have you mesmerised on the hunt for some carrots. Made from solid rubberwood and coloured with eco paints, and his hind legs are made from natural rubber making cleaning super easy.
Once your toddler is a little more confident, they may want a friend to take on walks with them and encourage them to be a little sturdier on their feet. The Plan Toys hopping rabbit will bounce along by their side, and is great to push along or pull behind.
Choo Choo! Your little ones will love sorting the rabbit, chicken and duck into their carriages in the Plan Toys animal train. Load them all aboard and off they go on an adventure. Each figure has a different shaped neck which matches up with one section of the train. Perfect for problem solving, shape recognition and identifying animals.
Sort & Stack
One of our most popular stacking toys at Babipur is our Plan Toys nesting set. A fun and quirky little stacking toy that will keep little hands endlessly amused. A circular base with three chicken pieces and an egg that can be stacked on top of each other in all sorts of funny ways. Children can experiment with the various formations and will love to hide the egg in the middle, “where’s it gone” or “pee-po” will have everyone smiling.
Another extremely popular toy for sorting and fine motor skills is the Plan Toys bee hives. Use finger and thumb or the forceps to grab the bee and put it into the corresponding colour hive. It’s a great way to learn colours and encourage turn-taking when playing with a friend. This will keep little ones entertained for ages!
This wobbling Bajo chicken will delight toddlers as they rock her back and forth. Give her a poke and watch her bob for tasty grain and corn. She is made from sustainable wood and painted in non toxic paint. Made with solid wood and coloured with eco paints, tots and parents will love this little toy.
Do you have a budding mini musician in the family? The Plan Toys percussion set are three brightly coloured eggs, each with a guiro on one side and all with a different sound when shaken. Shaking, scraping or hitting, young children will just love playing with these crazy eggs. Each egg comes with a little stand so they can all be beautifully displayed when not in use and won’t roll away. A brilliant first instrument, the shape and colours are appealing to little people and it makes a cracking gift.
We invite young children to use their imagination and create their own stories with a beautiful selection of wooden animals we have to offer at Babipur. Osthemier wooden figures are hand crafted in Germany using sustainable wood and organic oils. Holztiger are beautifully handmade wooden figures for children to play with and collect. Each one is hand crafted in Europe from sustainable solid hardwood and then hand painted with watercolour paints. Both Osthemier and Holztiger are Waldorf style animals and allow children to create their own fantasy world where the animals take the form that their imagination dictates. We also stock a range of wooden animals by Lanka Kade. Ethically made in Sri Lanka from sustainably managed rubberwood, these wooden animal figures will give children years of pleasure without harming the planet. These chunky figures are the perfect size for little hands and are ideal for teaching children animal names and inspiring hours of creative play. They’re great value for money too.
We particularly love the little bunnies and chicks we have here at Babipur and they make lovely additions to Easter baskets. The Lanka Kade rabbit is perfect to hop around the garden with and the Osthemier rabbits could be perfect for small world or a invitation to play.
If you’ve been following us on social media for a while, you will have seen some exciting things on the way from the very wonderful Grimm’s. If you are not familiar with them, Grimm’s make stunning, handcrafted Waldorf inspired beautiful earth friendly toys that encourage learning and imaginative play. There are too many things to talk about in this post, but one thing we think you will really love is the ‘building boards’ which make a fantastic accompaniment to the Grimm’s rainbow and really open up the possibilities of open ended play.
Oh, and of course it goes without saying you should keep a look out for our limited edition Grimm’s Babipur Rainbow Gwawr (sunrise) which is all kinds of beautiful…
Teeth, tush and Toes!
If you are looking for an Easter surprise that isn’t chocolate or toys, we still have a few ideas up our sleeve! Frugi have some lovely spring items this season, including some really cute little bunny themed socks. Made with soft, fair trade organic cotton, they feel lovely on growing feet and will look fab with any spring outfit.
Our Jack ‘N’ Jill Bunny set has everything you need to get your child ready and excited about teeth cleaning time! You can use the bio brush from the first tooth, then move onto the tooth and gum brush once their back teeth are through and your little one is ready to clean their teeth independently. Of course, naturally BPA and PVC free, and no plastic in sight! Rinse and storage cups are made from bamboo and rice husks. The bio toothbrush has a 100% corn starch handle with soft nylon brushes. Stage 3 gum and toothbrush is 100% medical grade silicone. A very ethical kit for your little ones to have fun with teeth cleaning. You can also buy the bunny brush on its own to add to an easter basket.
Last but certainly not least is our Dewi nappy. Exclusive print to Babipur from Close Parent, this is the perfect cloth nappy for spring. This will be a definite success with any Babipur loving families for sure!
Wishing you all lots of fun whatever you get up to! Team Babipur x