Monday, April 18, 2011

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

  • Packets of Annie's Homegrown treats (crackers and fruit snacks) - they're all natural and shaped like bunnies! (you can find them at Kroger and Giant Eagle - in natural food area - as well as Whole Foods)

Other items to fill the perfect Easter basket:

  • Books

  • Art supplies (crayons, markers, paint, paper, Color Wonder products, sketch books, pencils, 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

  • Bunny Pillow Pet

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 I was a kid our Easter basket every year had a new bathing suit for the upcoming summer and summer toys. I remember that way more than the candy that was in the baskets too.

  2. awesome your idea i like it . perfect posting and nice details shared in the post.

  3. wow nice idea really perfect sharing


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