106 Things to Put in Easter Eggs

I like candy. A lot. Give me some chocolate and I’ll follow you anywhere.

Okay, not anywhere, but many places.

My kids like candy, too.

They like candy so much that they’ll eat it until their bellies hurt and then whine for days.what to put in easter eggs

As the parent, it’s my job to make sure they don’t get enough candy to make that happen. At the same time, I don’t want to deprive them of a super fun Easter egg hunt on Sunday.

We’ll be stuffing our Easter eggs with things from this list. If you’re also looking for some non-candy alternatives, pick up some of this stuff between now and the weekend:

  1. Jelly beans
  2. M&Ms or Skittles or other small candies
  3. Snack-sized candy bars
  4. Fruit snacks (but they’re basically candy anyway, right?)
  5. Mints
  6. Chocolate eggs
  7. Trail mix
  8. Dried fruit
  9. Nuts
  10. Marshmallows
  11. Cereal (even sugary cereal is probably healthier than candy)
  12. Gummy bears or worms
  13. Nilla Wafers
  14. Gum or gumballs
  15. Fruit roll ups
  16. Goldfish crackers
  17. Peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers
  18. Grapes
  19. Cuties (teeny oranges)
  20. Dollar bills
  21. Coins – We will have lots of eggs stuffed with coins. Grace loves money! (Who doesn’t?)
  22. Lip gloss or lip balm
  23. Nail polish
  24. Scented body spray
  25. A mini tube of lotion
  26. A travel-sized tooth brush – I think a little kid would find this cool and different.
  27. Socks (or a sock if it’s a small egg)
  28. Cool shoe laces
  29. A pair of lace or satin gloves for dress up – I just saw some of these in the dollar stuff at Target.
  30. Magic towels (If you haven’t seen them, these are wash cloths molded into teeny shapes. When you put them in the bathtub, they expand into full-sized wash cloths. I buy them at the dollar store.)
  31. Little barrettes
  32. Ponytail holders
  33. Bracelets (I’m thinking those little jelly-style plastic ones or even friendship bracelets.)
  34. Earrings
  35. Rings
  36. A little girl sized compact mirror
  37. A folding fan
  38. Zipper pulls
  39. Jibbitz – Those little things that you stick in the holes of your Crocs.
  40. A cheap beaded necklace for dress up
  41. Pretend hair extensions
  42. Hair crayons
  43. Temporary tattoos
  44. Band-aids with cool designs
  45. Stickers
  46. Foam shapes
  47. Squinkies
  48. Mini erasers
  49. Toy cars
  50. Little action figures – Think army men
  51. Mini skateboards
  52. A mini rubber duck
  53. A key chain flashlight
  54. Small key chains
  55. A whistle
  56. A kazoo
  57. Marbles
  58. Bouncy balls
  59. Stress balls/squeeze balls
  60. An un-inflated beach ball
  61. A porcupine ball (I don’t know what else to call it. They have these at Oriental Trading and the dollar store.)
  62. Polly Pocket clothes
  63. Barbie accessories, including clothes
  64. Party games – Check the party supply store or that aisle at Wal-mart or Target. They have all sorts of favor items that are little enough to put in eggs.
  65. Mini rubber stamps
  66. A mini stamp pad
  67. Little Play-doh tubs or little balls of homemade play dough in zip top baggies
  68. Silly putty
  69. Crayons
  70. Crayola’s Pipsqueak markers
  71. Glitter glue
  72. Confetti
  73. Vials of glitter for making crafts
  74. Googly eyes for making crafts
  75. A little bottle of bubbles
  76. Wind up toys
  77. A pocket knife
  78. A coupon for a free ice cream (handmade or from the local shop)
  79. Jacks and a ball
  80. The monkeys from a Barrel of Monkeys game
  81. Legos
  82. Little People – You know, the chubby little figures?
  83. Toy bugs or toy animals
  84. A punching ball (Really a big balloon with a rubber handle. You have to blow it up.)
  85. A mini kaleidoscope
  86. Pirate eye patch
  87. Baseball cards – Do kids still collect these?
  88. A top – You know, they spin.
  89. A bendable rabbit – Think Gumby.
  90. Ear buds – You know, like headphones but without the bulk
  91. Glow sticks
  92. Tiny cookie cutters
  93. Egg-shaped shakers – These are like maracas without handles.
  94. Magnetic bookmarks
  95. Pencil grippers
  96. A pencil sharpener
  97. Pencil top erasers
  98. A yo-yo
  99. A mini slinky
  100. A mini magnifying glass
  101. A mini squirt gun
  102. Those sticky hands – I’ve seen these at the dollar store. They have a long, long arm, and the hand at the end is sticky. Grace played with one in the bathtub until it got sucked down the drain.
  103. Finger puppets
  104. A parachute toy
  105. Seashells or interesting stones
  106. Jokes – I’m going to print a couple of these, cut them up, and fold them into eggs. Grace loves the jokes on popsicle sticks, so I know she’ll love jokes in Easter eggs.

I have two girls, so my list is pretty heavily girl-themed. Sorry about that. I tried to include lots of things for boys, as well, but I’m not sure how successful I was.

Please use your brain and some common sense. Don’t use anything smaller than a toilet paper tube for small children.

What will you put in your kids’ Easter eggs?

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  1. Chris says

    It’s a very cool list… Just trying to figure out how most of this would fit in the standard-sized eggs, though. :-/

  2. says

    LOVE this list! I hate doing candy in the kids Easter eggs so I am very very chincy with it. Now that I have some new ideas we can make it more fun :)

  3. Kristin says

    Thanks for the great post!! Lost of great ideas on here. I am going to “Egg” my neices for easter. (leaving a egg carton of plastic eggs on their door step filled with stuff.) and this gave me lots of idea for them and for my daughter too!

  4. says

    So many unique items and many my kids would be thrilled with that I hadn’t thought of, like character band aids, mini marshmallows (I’ve seen they come in flavors and colors now) and temp tattoos. Thank you, and Happy Easter!

      • Rose says

        They are little electronic bugs, that you turn on and they walk around. If I’m correct, I believe you can get them kind of battling (I don’t know that they have a setting to fight, they just kind of will, and I think they can knock each other over, sometimes). Also, I know that they have like little arenas for them, as oppose to just putting them on your table or floor.

  5. says

    Our daughter is only 22 months, so for easter we did a few easter eggs around the house with mainly cereal x2 , raisins, and fish crackers. She had an easter egg hunt at the sitters but didn’t eat any of the chocolate that she brought home – which was A LOT!

  6. says

    LOVE this list! I just did one of my own as well but I could only come up with 50 items. You have quite the imagination! I’ll have to make note of this before Easter arrives.

  7. says

    We only put a little bit of candy in each egg. If it’s M+M’s, then maybe three. If it’s a mini Reece’s cup, then only one. It’s more about the thrill of the hunt then eggs FULL of candy. But your list contains some fun ideas easily useable for Easter baskets!

  8. Terry says

    I put the parts to a lego set (put parts in little bags first) inside the eggs. So when they were collected my granddaughter had a lego building to put together. Just make sure you account for all the eggs.

    • says

      If you have a tween or teen, a pocket knife would be a perfectly reasonable Easter egg find. That’s the beauty of parenting, you use your best judgement based on the age of your children, right?


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