If you are like me, you feel your kids get enough sweets and chocolate at Easter, but what can you put in those plastic eggs to in place of candy? Here are 30 alternate-to-candy ideas:
- Coins or Bills
- Hair Bands/Barrettes/Hair Bows
- Flower Seeds/Vegetable Seeds
- Goldfish Crackers, Teddy Grahams, or other smaller sized crackers
- Matchbox or Hotwheel Cars
- Individual boxes of Raisins
- Nail Polish
- Ear Buds
- Lego pieces
- Thread for making Friendship Bracelets
- Finger Puppets
- Magic Grow Toys
- Robotic Fish
- Magic Grow Sponges
- Super-compacted Wash Cloths
- Play Doh
- Silly Putty
- Plastic Figurines – dinosaurs, Army men, bugs
- Silly Bandz or Jelly Bracelets
- Tokens for Chuck E. Cheese
- Sticker Earrings
- Chapstick or Flavored Lip Balm
- Bath Fizzies or Bath Bombs
- Sticky Hands
NOTE: The list above covers a large age range. Please make sure that items that could be deemed to be choke hazards are not used for those who may still put things in their mouths.
I stumbled across this idea a couple of years ago, but my kiddos were too small at the time. Purchase a 24 piece (or more) puzzle and hide a puzzle piece in each egg. EVEN BETTER – create your own puzzle that when put together reveals a big surprise!
Fill eggs with coupons to be redeemed later. Coupons could be redeemed for an extra 10 minutes at bed time, extra time on the computer, for food not normally purchased, choice of a movie or other family outing, getting an ice cream cone, etc.
Do you have an idea of what could be put in plastic eggs other than candy? I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below. And if you are still making plans to attend a public Easter Egg Hunt, but you are not sure where to go, check out our Easter Events thread here!