If you had asked my kids what they wanted the Easter bunny to bring them, their answer would have been simple...CANDY! Rylie and Bryce are little candy monsters and love sugar. Lucky for me, they also like to brush their teeth, so at least that sugar isn't causing any cavities.
After Rylie's first visit to the dentist a couple of weeks ago, she is even more diligent when she brushes, and she definitely understands why brushing is so important. I figured that since we were planning to fill the kids' Easter baskets with candy, this would be a great opportunity to reinforce the need for good dental care. I mean, if the Easter bunny gives you a toothbrush, he obviously wants you to brush your teeth, right?
Brian and I went out shopping for Easter treats at pretty much the last minute like we usually do, and we picked up toothbrushes and toothpaste to put in the kids' baskets. I had read other blogs that were posting about these big Colgate displays in Walmart, but sadly, our new Walmart didn't have one. We did finally find the very small dental care section for kids and picked out two toothbrushes and some toothpaste. Check out my Google+ album to see the rest of the goodies we got for their Easter baskets.
We ended up buying three different Colgate products to add to the Easter baskets this year. Out of all of the kids' toothbrushes available, the small Colgate brushes are my favorite. They are the perfect size for their little mouths, and the handles are easy for them to grip. Since the only variety available for kids under 5 were Dora toothbrushes, we got Rylie a pink Dora toothbrush, and Bryce a green and blue toothbrush with both Diego and Dora on it. We also got a tube of the Spongebob toothpaste to keep in the downstairs bathroom since Rylie always has to bring hers down if she brushes her teeth downstairs.
After Rylie and Bryce went to bed Saturday night, I filled their baskets. My mom picked up these cute baskets a few weeks ago. Aren't they adorable?
They both got chocolate bunnies, bathing suits, eggs filled with jelly beans and Skittles, Smarties candies and toothbrushes. Rylie got the toothpaste and some My Little Pony figures, while Bryce got a swim ring and Hot Wheels.
This morning I woke up to Rylie standing next to my bed with her Easter basket. "Look Mommy! The Easter bunny came!" Before I could even get out of bed she was in Bryce's room excitedly telling him that the Easter bunny brought him a Cars basket and asked him if he wanted her to bring it to him. (He is still in his crib and can't get out.) By the time I got out there to get Bryce, Rylie was already into her jelly beans. When I brought Bryce out, he immediately started checking out the contents of his basket...bed head and all.
It didn't take long for Bryce to have an egg opened and he joined his sister in the pre-breakfast jelly bean feast.
Once Rylie had some sugar in her, she checked out the rest of her basket. She was so excited about the Spongebob toothpaste! Seriously. I didn't even realize she knew who Spongebob was. I'm not sure if she was more excited about that or the sparkly My Little Pony she pulled out of one of the foil packages, but she was definitely one happy little girl!
Brian quickly got breakfast on the table before any more candy was devoured, but the kids had to have their chocolate bunnies ready and waiting for when they were done.
Sure enough, as soon as they ate their breakfast, there went the ears on those solid chocolate bunnies.
Rylie and Bryce agreed to save the rest of their bunnies for later on in the week. Can you imagine the crazy sugared up kids I would have had if they didn't??? Once the chocolate bunny ears were in their bellies, they both happily opened up their new toothbrushes and brushed real well. After all, The Easter bunny doesn't want them to get cavities, and wants them to have beautiful Easter Smiles!
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