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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.
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:
- Jelly beans
- M&Ms or Skittles or other small candies
- Snack-sized candy bars
- Fruit snacks (but they’re basically candy anyway, right?)
- Chocolate eggs
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Cereal (even sugary cereal is probably healthier than candy)
- Gummy bears or worms
- Nilla Wafers
- Gum or gumballs
- Fruit roll ups
- Goldfish crackers
- Peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers
- Cuties (teeny oranges)
- Dollar bills
- Coins – We will have lots of eggs stuffed with coins. Grace loves money! (Who doesn’t?)
- Lip gloss or lip balm
- Nail polish
- Scented body spray
- A mini tube of lotion
- A travel-sized tooth brush – I think a little kid would find this cool and different.
- Socks (or a sock if it’s a small egg)
- Cool shoe laces
- A pair of lace or satin gloves for dress up – I just saw some of these in the dollar stuff at Target.
- 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.)
- Little barrettes
- Ponytail holders
- Bracelets (I’m thinking those little jelly-style plastic ones or even friendship bracelets.)
- A little girl sized compact mirror
- A folding fan
- Zipper pulls
- Jibbitz – Those little things that you stick in the holes of your Crocs.
- A cheap beaded necklace for dress up
- Pretend hair extensions
- Hair crayons
- Temporary tattoos
- Band-aids with cool designs
- Foam shapes
- Mini erasers
- Toy cars
- Little action figures – Think army men
- Mini skateboards
- A mini rubber duck
- A key chain flashlight
- Small key chains
- A whistle
- A kazoo
- Bouncy balls
- Stress balls/squeeze balls
- An un-inflated beach ball
- A porcupine ball (I don’t know what else to call it. They have these at Oriental Trading and the dollar store.)
- Polly Pocket clothes
- Barbie accessories, including clothes
- 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.
- Mini rubber stamps
- A mini stamp pad
- Little Play-doh tubs or little balls of homemade play dough in zip top baggies
- Silly putty
- Crayola’s Pipsqueak markers
- Glitter glue
- Vials of glitter for making crafts
- Googly eyes for making crafts
- A little bottle of bubbles
- Wind up toys
- A pocket knife
- A coupon for a free ice cream (handmade or from the local shop)
- Jacks and a ball
- The monkeys from a Barrel of Monkeys game
- Little People – You know, the chubby little figures?
- Toy bugs or toy animals
- A punching ball (Really a big balloon with a rubber handle. You have to blow it up.)
- A mini kaleidoscope
- Pirate eye patch
- Baseball cards – Do kids still collect these?
- A top – You know, they spin.
- A bendable rabbit – Think Gumby.
- Ear buds – You know, like headphones but without the bulk
- Glow sticks
- Tiny cookie cutters
- Egg-shaped shakers – These are like maracas without handles.
- Magnetic bookmarks
- Pencil grippers
- A pencil sharpener
- Pencil top erasers
- A yo-yo
- A mini slinky
- A mini magnifying glass
- A mini squirt gun
- 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.
- Finger puppets
- A parachute toy
- Seashells or interesting stones
- 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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