If you’re like me, your kids get about 2 treats a day max. One after lunch and one after dinner (if they eat all their dinner of course 🙂 ). Each of my kids has a “treat bucket” to draw sugar filled goodies from. The buckets are filled from Easter and Halloween. These “treat buckets” are typically overflowing and to be honest, 3/4 of them get thrown away each year. So, I’m constantly on the search to find “non-candy” easter egg fillers. For older kids and toddlers, there are many things to choose from. Enjoy! (P.S. you can find most of these things SUPER cheap at a Thrift Store)
Top 20 Non-Candy Egg Filler Ages 3+
- littlest pet shop
- money coins
- lego people
- puzzle erasers
- hair accessories
- mini cars
- polly pockets
- small transformers
- fruit snacks
- small my little ponies
- Mario Characters
- animal crackers
- socks (think $1 bin at Target)
- coupons (stay up late coupon, go out for ice cream coupon, wii time coupon, etc.)
- Toobs (you can also get these at AC Moore with a 50% off coupon)
- Magic capsules
Top 10 Egg Fillers For Toddlers:
- ABC Magnet Letters
- Duplo Blocks
- IKEA Finger Puppets
- Small Blocks
- Little People
- Mini Beanie Babies
3 Ways To Organize An Egghunt
1. Standard & Named
- Fill eggs, hide them around the yard and let the kids loose.
- Pros: Easy to prepare
- Cons: Kids don’t get an even amount of eggs which leads to breakdowns for little ones.
- Fill eggs specific for each child and label egg with names. Children then have a certain number of eggs to find with THEIR name on it. If they find an egg that does NOT have their name on it, they need to put it back.
- Pros: everyone gets the same number of eggs and you can make it more difficult for older kids and easier for younger kids.
- Cons: Preparation
- Instead of filling eggs with treats and prizes, create an egghunt where the kids have to find a basket of goodies base on clues found in the eggs. To do this you need to label the eggs with names and tell the kids how many they need to find. Some clue ideas:
- Each clue has a number with one word on it. Once all eggs are found, the child would need to order the words which would spell out the location of the prize.
- Treasure hunt with eggs. Each egg has a clue that leads to the next egg with a prize at the end.
- Pros: Great for older kids and will keep them busy for a long time.
- Cons: Lots of prep involved.
3. Prize Cash In
- Fill eggs with tickets that can be “cashed in” at a prize table.
- Pros: Easy to organize and you don’t have to find little trinkets to put in the eggs.
- Cons: The thrill of “opening the prize” won’t be there.
Hope you are inspired for your upcoming Easter! 🙂