Candy Alternatives For Filling Easter Eggs

Alternatives to Candy in Easter Eggs

I’m not anti-candy. Not at all. (Hey, look at my physique, there’s clearly been candy in my life on many occasions!). That said, I don’t want to just fill a bunch of eggs with candy and let the kids have at it. Sure, I do some candy treats, but we’re big into the hunting of the eggs in this family and I try to think “outside the box” for fillers. Since Easter’s just around the corner, I thought I’d share a few of my suggestions to fill plastic eggs that are not candy!
Here are This Mama’s suggestions to put into eggs:
1. Stickers
2. Tatoos
3. Bouncy Balls
4. Bandaids (what kid doesn’t love character bandaids?)
5. Mini Erasers
6. Matchbox Cars
7. Whistle
8. Tubs of chapstick/lip gloss
9. Coins
10. Puzzle pieces
The puzzle pieces might be my favorite…and you can do it a few ways. You can just tuck a piece or 2 of a puzzle in a bunch of eggs and finish the puzzle together as a family after the hunt, OR, you can get a puzzle per kid, and they have to find THEIR puzzle pieces. This can be a lot of fun and you can make it more and more challenging depending how old your kids are! The last way you could use puzzle pieces is to have a “larger” prize-type item and get a picture of it- cut that picture into puzzle pieces and tuck each piece into an egg to be hunted for. (You will likely have to color code the eggs or “label” them per kid with some of these ideas!)
You can always buy different sized eggs, which would definitely allow for even more creativity in your hunts. Fruit snacks lend themselves nicely to being tucked into the medium sized eggs, as do pairs of kid socks, underwear and hair clips!
We love the egg hunt, we just have so much fun with it! Do you put things besides candy into your eggs? What kinds of things do you tuck into your eggs?

Thanks to Mama Loves Her Bargains for this great post!

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  1. Jaime says

    What great ideas! My son is allergic to artificial colors so we have to think outside the box when it comes to filling the eggs! What a great post! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. says

    I love this idea. We have egg hunts at our local MOPS groups and I know the youngest kids can not enjoy the candy but now I can fill it with stickers/tattoos for them. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Tammy says

    we did a geo-cache last year and had loads of fun with it. We were low on time ( and ambition to have a bunch of candy fueled kids around) so we put loonies in eggs and let the kids find them. We color coded eggs and hid them in groups together so that the older kids could help the younger ones. We spent almost all day slogging around in the muck, getting wet and dirty (on purpose), and then the kids had some cash that they could use to buy something that they wanted. Everyone loved it. And we saved some money, because we only put $10 per kid.

  4. Lacey says

    I love that you thought of the puzzle pieces! Every year my family has an Easter Egg hunt for the wee ones with the typical candy and money, but for the adults we hunt for the “BIG EGG”. The BIG EGG is literally a big pink plastic egg (a foot? in length, bought at walmart). We but a hole in one end and usually put a 20 dollar bill in it. However, hunting for this egg has usually taken hours thanks to our step-mom who always hid it so well and sometimes in plain-sight. Aside from the money in it, the winner gets to sign their name on it and have bragging rights for the year.I have to say my name is on there quite a bit!
    So this year, I took over, for my step mom, filling and hiding the eggs including the BIG EGG. I plan to hide the puzzle pieces that conceal a hint at where the BIG EGG is hidden inside all the small eggs the kids find. Hopefully this way it will be fun for the adults and kids too!
    So Thank You for the great ideas! Happy Easter!


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