I'm not anti-candy. Not at all. (Hey, look at my physique, there's clearly been candy in my life on many occasions!). That said, I don't want to just fill a bunch of eggs with candy and let the kids have at it. Sure, I do some candy treats, but we're big into the hunting of the eggs in this family and I try to think "outside the box" my suggestions to fill plastic eggs that are not candy! for fillers. Since Easter's just around the corner, I thought I'd share a few of.
Here are This Mama's suggestions to put into eggs:
3. Bouncy Balls
4. Bandaids (what kid doesn't love character bandaids?)
5. Mini Erasers
6. Matchbox Cars
8. Tubs of chapstick/lip gloss
10. Puzzle pieces
The puzzle pieces might be my favorite...and you can do it a few ways. You can just tuck a piece or 2 of a puzzle in a bunch of eggs and finish the puzzle together as a family after the hunt, OR, you can get a puzzle per kid, and they have to find THEIR puzzle pieces. This can be a lot of fun and you can make it more and more challenging depending how old your kids are! The last way you could use puzzle pieces is to have a "larger" prize-type item and get a picture of it- cut that picture into puzzle pieces and tuck each piece into an egg to be hunted for. (You will likely have to color code the eggs or "label" them per kid with some of these ideas!)
You can always buy different sized eggs, which would definitely allow for even more creativity in your hunts. Fruit snacks lend themselves nicely to being tucked into the medium sized eggs, as do pairs of kid socks, underwear and hair clips!
We love the egg hunt, we just have so much fun with it! Do you put things besides candy into your eggs? What kinds of things do you tuck into your eggs?
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