non candy easter fillers

I don’t know about your family, but my boys are both going to be participating in several Easter egg hunts.  There is no doubt they will have baskets full of candy before we even get to the actual Easter holiday.  For the record, I’m not anti-candy, but I don’t think all holiday treats have to be sweet.  If your kids hunt Easter eggs or get an Easter basket on Easter morning you may be looking for some non-candy ideas too.  We don’t do anything elaborate at our house; usually just a few eggs hidden and a few small treats in a basket left by the Easter Bunny.  Since they will be getting plenty of candy at the other hunts, I’ll fill their eggs and basket with non-candy items.

Here are some ideas for you:

For the Easter Eggs

  • Money –  I’ll be filling most of our eggs with quarters.  My boys love Legos and they are always saving up for a new set.  Chances are your kids have something they are saving for and this is a great opportunity to contribute to that fund.
  • Small Toys – bouncy balls, little bracelets, small rings, those sticky things that you throw against the wall, small erasers, toy cars, stickers, tattoos, balloons, lego pieces, mini stampers, etc.
  • Snacks – I have been known to put trail mix, Annie’s bunnies, raisins, organic animal crackers, and things of that sort into eggs.  I give the kids a baggie and they can pour the snacks from their eggs into the bags for a snack later.  My kids like this, especially if it’s something they don’t normally get.

For the Easter Basket

  • Small puzzles
  • Art Items – crayons, markers, coloring books, activity books, paint
  • New thermos or water bottle
  • iTunes gift card
  • Movies
  • Small Toys – hot wheels, small lego sets, costume jewelry and dress up items
  • Favorite Snacks – my kids love Pirates Booty, veggie chips, and animal crackers
  • Books
  • Jumbo pencils
  • Chapstick or lip gloss
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Mad-Libs
  • Play-doh
  • Travel games
  • Movie tickets to go see a movie as a family
  • Bubbles
  • Bath toys
  • Nail polish
  • Sunglasses
  • Outdoor toys for the sandbox or beach
  • Balls
  • Silly Putty
  • Sticker books
  • Jump rope
  • Summer gifts – swimsuits, towels, goggles, pool toys, etc.

I looked around at Wal-Mart and Target this week and saw most of the listed items in their Easter section.  I’m definitely not for buying junk just to fill a basket.  So I really try think about what my kids would love and just buy a few of those items.

Do you have any additional ideas to add to these lists?

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