Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Candy-free Easter basket ideas

Here are some ideas for creating a candy-free Easter that your children will love!

Easter egg hunts are always a favorite activity for all children. The following are items that will fit into the large sized plastic eggs (and some will fit in the small eggs too) and are sure to be a huge hit:

  • Sticker sheets (cut in half or thirds so you don't have to fold them too much)
  • Small raisin boxes
  • Bouncy balls
  • Favor sized play dough containers
  • Matchbox or Hot Wheel cars (most will fit)
  • Bows or pretty barrettes
  • Cool socks (some will fit in the eggs)
  • Jewelry
  • Lip gloss
  • Coupons (like: special day out with mom, stay up late pass, etc.)
  • Small plastic animals
  • Stretchy anything (like frogs, lizards, etc. - kids love these)
  • Money (coins and/or dollar bills)
  • Small figures (like the small action figures that are out now or Polly Pockets, etc.)
  • Packets of seeds (flowers or vegetables) which you can plant and grow together

Other items to fill the perfect Easter basket:

  • Books
  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, paint, paper, Color Wonder products, etc)
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubble wands or blowers
  • Kites
  • Puzzles
  • Sand toys
  • Balls
  • Craft kits
  • Cool photo frames
  • Puppets
  • Small Lego sets
  • Doll outfits
  • Jump rope
  • Card games

Here are a few other fun ideas to do:

  • Put an entire puzzle, piece by piece, into a bunch of plastic eggs. Once your children find all the eggs, you can put it together as a family.
  • Put clues/riddles in the plastic eggs that will lead your children to their Easter basket.

How about you CMOTC moms? What candy-free items do you use to fill plastic eggs or Easter baskets? What Easter egg hunt and/or basket traditions do you have? Or what fun activities surrounding these do you do? Please share with us!


  1. When the twins were one, they liked just opening the eggs and putting them back together. Now at 2.5, they still love that but also raisins, cars, stickers, and stretchy creatures. They also love art supplies and chalk. My five year old is the same. None of them know that Easter baskets typically contain chocolate. Get them while they are young, it only lasts so long and then they figure it out. :)

  2. I fill some our eggs with the Annie's line of crackers and cookies - similar to goldfish, but better. If you are not familiar with Annie's...the line of products can be found at stores like Whole Foods...but the best part about the crackers and cookies is that they are SHAPED LIKE BUNNIES! Perfect for Easter!


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