Non-Candy Easter Egg Stuffers
In the eyes of my 4-year-old, Easter wouldn’t be complete without an Easter egg hunt. Problem is, there are SO many of them between school, church, around town, and home (click this link to see local Easter egg hunts). It’s a fun treasure hunt for any kid, often filled with candy. Don’t get me wrong, my kids have plenty of chocolate around Easter. But if I can avoid the Easter sugar rush at home, I’ll go for the non-candy fillers instead. Here are some ideas:
Coins – For my kids, it’s definitely a quantity of coins over the total worth of said coins, but put a few in an egg so it has a nice jingle when they hunt for their eggs. At a later time, take your kid out for frozen yogurt or buy a hot wheels car. Something with a lower price tag but they’ve got some choice over how to spend the money.
Temporary tattoos – Super convenient if you need to make a lot of eggs. You can cut them in advance and put some in each egg. Great to add a little something in the eggs for school. These can be bought at the dollar store which makes this an inexpensive option to stuff the eggs with.
Stamps – Again, the dollar store had these in an 8-pack for a dollar. But hobby lobby also has additional options such as this animal pack of stamps.
Stickers – Cut the sheet of stickers and this again becomes such a cheap way to fill lots of eggs.
Shareable Art – Little scratch art kits in fun shapes from hobby lobby, or this watercolor peeps kit (found at the dollar store) are perfect for classroom eggs. This 12-pack of peeps art requires kids to dip a wet paintbrush into the color squares and then start waiting for the peeps designs!
Annie’s Bunny Shaped Snacks / Cheerios / Puffs – One of my kids will be crawling, but not old enough for the above-mentioned options. He’s getting some Cheerios and puffs in his eggs. If you’re worried about them being loose, putting them in a snack-sized Ziploc bag is also an option. The older kids will be getting the Annie’s Bunny Shaped Snacks in the “special” flavors (birthday cake and Neapolitan). I’ll be putting these in Ziploc sandwich bags because I could only find the family-sized box of these.
Seed flower packets – My kids LOVE playing in the mulch and making mud. Probably more than they’ll enjoy these flower packs, but it is Spring after all and my front flowerbeds could use some help. Packs of flowers or vegetable seeds can usually be bought for 4 packs/$1 at the dollar store which makes this another fun and cheap activity to do after egg hunting.
Lego kit – One of my kids is obsessed with these holiday-themed Lego kits. There are plenty of pieces in this kit to break it up between the eggs and realistically something I’d be getting for her anyway.
Animal figures – We really like the Safari Ltd Toobs from Michaels. This insect set would be super timely for Easter. I try to get these when there is a 40% off sale to help cut the cost a bit, but with 12 pieces in a toob, this is perfect to fill eggs with.
Hot wheels car – This is another item that is timeless and will get lots of play in our house. The relatively inexpensive cost of $1.18 at Target makes this perfect for the one larger egg prize or golden egg fill.
Hair Clips – We got these butterfly clips as a stocking stuffer this past Christmas and love them. But we’ve also lost quite a few of them. Hair clips generally come in multiple a pack and can be broken up to fill more eggs.
Nail Polish – this is a fun item to put in a golden egg. Exactly what my daughter is getting. She loves to have her nails painted. I know this will definitely get used.
Puzzle – This is a great alternative for older kids, or if you’re able to find a 24-piece puzzle with smaller pieces. Otherwise, large eggs may be required.
Mini bubbles or mini play doh for class eggs