This post is sponsored by Conagra, but opinions expressed are my own.

Think outside the box this Easter and give the kids a gift that will provide days of entertainment.

Snacks and games in a domino wood box

A lot of things are up in the air at the moment. Many families and caregivers are juggling a million different things while trying to keep home life as normal as possible and keep kids stuck at home entertained. What I love about this Easter basket is it contains items for family fun, but also new activities that kids can use on their own while stuck at home to beat the boredom.

This game day basket is bound to keep the kids entertained. I’m going to show you how to make a homemade checkers board, and give you ideas on items to fill this game day box, including our favorite protein-rich snacks — Slim Jim Original Smoked Snack Sticks!

Made with beef, pork, and chicken, Slim Jim is America’s #1 brand of beef stick. The 26-count box is available at Walmart. It’s the perfect addition to your game day box of fun. And, the Slim Jim Original Smoked Snack Sticks are keto-friendly and have 6g of protein per serving.


I realize this isn’t a traditional Easter ‘basket’. Let’s get creative though and turn an ordinary storage box into a ‘basket’ that can be used every day, and not just for that one day a year. Kids can use the box to store handheld games, board games, card games, and more.

To make this one I used a plain wood rectangular box, and then using a small glass, pencil, and paint I turned the front into a dominoes game piece.

Inside, I placed a couple of fun activities including a homemade checkers board, and of course our favorite Slim Jim snacks. I also added a large golden egg. Each year I add money or gift cards to a golden egg for the kids. If you have a kid who loves playing video games, then you probably hear ‘but I just need another 99 cents to add something extra special’. This is a great way to add a gift card to their game box.

dominoes box filled with snacks and activities for kids

Here are some more ideas for your game day basket:

  • Card games
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Board games
  • Handheld games
  • Dominoes


What you need

  • Fabric – I used a placemat, but you could use a piece of canvas
  • Fabric paint
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glass
  • Ribbon – I had a small piece of t-shirt yarn that was perfect for this, but any piece of ribbon will do.
  • Needle and thread


Measure your piece of fabric or placemat, and then draw a grid of squares, you need 8 squares across each side. Paint every other square with a fun color, and then paint around the edge of your grid.

purple checks being painted on white fabric

Attach a piece of ribbon to the center of one side of the fabric (see the images below). Roll up your game board and tie the ribbon around it. 

instructions to make a fabric checkers game that rolls up

This is the perfect Easter basket for tweens and teens. 

Looking for another idea? Take a look at the Sunny Day Activity Easter Basket we put together last year. 

girl holding a game box filled with snacks and activities

You can still get everything you need for a great Easter basket, including Slim Jim, at Walmart. Order online then use curbside pick-up or delivery.

Check out these simple and creative Easter Basket ideas!

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