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30+ things to put in Easter Eggs besides candy

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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Easter is at the beginning of April this year!



Need a fun idea to spruce up your Easter Egg Hunt? Instead of just candy, why not fill your eggs with clues or puzzle pieces, or all sorts of things. Don' t miss the LONG list of ideas at the end of the post.

There are a number of different ways you can do this.

1. Buy a puzzle and simply hide the different pieces in different eggs. When everyone opens the eggs they will have to gather all the pieces and put the puzzle together.

2. Buy one puzzle for each of your children. When all the eggs are opened, not only will your kids have to put the puzzles together, but first they will have to figure out which pieces belong to their puzzle. Give them each a picture of their puzzle at the beginning so they know who's is who's.

3. Put the names (or pictures) of all the people at the egg hunt in eggs. When your children get an egg with a name or picture, they have to read it, and go find that person. The person can then either give them a small gift, or give them a clue to follow to another egg. This keeps everyone involved.

4. Create a scavenger hunt for your kids to find their Easter Baskets. Instead of them just sitting on the table ready for your kids, have your kids wake up to find an egg with a clue, that takes them to another clue etc, until they find their basket.

5. If you want bigger items in the eggs, that don't fit, Put a picture of the item, or the name of the item on a piece of paper in the egg. (For example, our kids love new pencils). Put a picture of a pencil in the egg and then when the hunt is over, your kids get to redeem their picture for the real thing.

5. Print off a picture of something familiar. Then, cut it out in different shapes and hide the pieces in the eggs. This is great for smaller children because you can pick a picture of a family member, or something else they are familiar with.

6. To make things even easier, print off pictures and then cut the pictures into squares. That way your kids just have to "make" the picture again, instead of trying to fit the pieces together.

7. Fill your eggs with letters. You can just write them on squares of paper if you want. (Or, you could get fancy and buy magnetic fridge letters from the dollar store, or use scrapbook letters.) You can write the alphabet and then have your kids put the letters in order when they open the eggs, or, put upper case and lower case letters in the eggs and have your kids match the upper with the lower when the eggs are opened.

8. For little ones, fill your eggs with pictures of animals. Animals that live on farms, and animals that are pets, or live in the jungle. When the eggs are opened, have your kids sort the animals by where they live. You could even do reptiles etc.

9. CLUES: Fill your eggs with clues. Our son loves to solve mysteries and work through clues. SO this year I am going to fill eggs with clues. Each clue will lead him to another egg. I am also going to hide puzzles pieces in with each clue so that he collects them as he goes.

Other simple ideas besides candy.

Squinkies 
Change (nickels, dimes and quarters)
Dollar Bills (you could save this for a grand prize, the egg that is really hard to find, or a golden egg)
Stickers
Anything from the dollar store that will fit
The little pills that you put in water and watch grow. Grow Caps. These were my favorite as a kid.
Seeds (plant them together when Easter is over )
Hot Wheel Cars
Hair ribbons and bows
Bouncy Balls
Erasers
Lip Gloss
Character Band-aids
Whistles (if you are brave)
Fruit Snacks
Silly Bands
Small containers of bubbles
Coupons (You can make them: "Good for one extra bed time story, etc...")
Baskin Robbins Bucks (good towards ice cream cones)
Sea Shells
Legos (they have smalls sets, you could divide the pieces amongst different eggs)
Toys laying around the house, that your kids have forgotten about
Playdough
Army men
Plastic Animals/Bugs
Bracelets/Necklaces
Marshmallows (they have colored Easter shapes for the holiday)
Rubber Stamps
Pony Tail holders
Mighty Beanz 
Marbles
Tattoos 
Mini nail polish
Lip gloss/ Chap Stick

Hopefully that helps.
It doesn't have to be all about the candy.




DO YOU HAVE AN EASTER EGG HUNT?
WHAT DO YOU PUT IN YOUR EGGS?


by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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faeriemom1972
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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Oh thank you! I Donna egg hunt for my son every year, sometimes on Easter sometimes on the first day of spring. Not sure about this year. Anyway, I am always loathe to put out a ton of eggs filled with candy so this will be great!
proudmommy_1
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I love the puzzle idea! I think I will put puzzle pieces in the eggs this year. The kids will love it.

Delirium003
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I hear you!  I hate putting so much candy in their baskets.  I have been putting coins in their eggs for the past two years.  Last year, they each had one big egg that was hidden really well....it had a $5 bill in it!  They were so excited to look for it.  It took my oldest a good 1/2 hour to find it.  lol

Quoting faeriemom1972:

Oh thank you! I Donna egg hunt for my son every year, sometimes on Easter sometimes on the first day of spring. Not sure about this year. Anyway, I am always loathe to put out a ton of eggs filled with candy so this will be great!


Delirium003
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I thought the puzzle idea was cute too.  My middle son loves puzzles :)

Quoting proudmommy_1:

I love the puzzle idea! I think I will put puzzle pieces in the eggs this year. The kids will love it.


LuvingRN
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Great ideas!!

faeriemom1972
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM
Quoting Delirium003:



My son loves money and stickers, so that's what I'll do. Maybe I'll put a sticker book in his basket.
SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2012 at 2:43 PM

These ideas are great! I really like the puzzle one, maybe I will try that this year.

We don't usually do an Easter Egg hunt because the weather is so variable at this time of year... And I am always underprepared when Easter rolls around. My son is really getting into puzzles, though, so we'll have to give this a shot.

Delirium003
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM
I think I want to try the scavenger hunt! That would be fun
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lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Mar. 7, 2012 at 7:27 PM
Good ideas. Last year I put Littlest Pet shop figures and Lalaloopsy minis in the eggs.
vermontmoms
by on Mar. 7, 2012 at 7:41 PM
We do the no candy in eggs every year b/c of allergies.

Other things we did was:
-Bakugans
-Punch balloons
-Foam stickers then they used them to decorate a large foam egg.
-dino dig eggs (great for kids that love archeology)
-Annies cheddar bunnies or gummies
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