Candy-Free Easter Treats

 

Candy-free Easter Treats

Holidays like Easter can be chock full of candy.  If you are like me and trying to cut back on the amount of candy in your household, here are some ideas for non-candy Easter items.  This is also helpful if you have a child with food allergies and you want to be very selective about treats.

Easter Baskets

  • Spring & summer toys: bubbles, chalk, butterfly net
  • Summer gear – swim suit, sun hat, sunglasses, beach/pool toys, flip flops or sandals.  You can even put some of the goodies in a little plastic beach or gardening pail.
  • Gardening items – a little trowel, watering can, seeds, kid’s gardening gloves
  • Pajamas, t-shirts, socks
  • Puzzles
  • Notebooks, notepads, paper cubes (my kids love the ones in fun colors)
  • Bath toys
  • Books – Easter or spring theme books, or others
  • Music or DVDs
  • Arts & crafts – crayons, markers, pencils, stickers, coloring books, beads, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, shrinky dinks, etc.  One year we had a bucket full of 12oz bottles of paint from Michaels, which were just a few dollars each.
  • Chapstick
  • Bubble bath
  • Cookie cutters
  • Card games (we love kid’s UNO, Pictureka, Bananagrams)
  • Collectible cards (Pokemon, Baseball cards, etc)
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • Band-aids
  • Snacks (we like Annie’s Homegrown bunnies snacks and their dye-free gummy bunnies!)

Easter Basket

 

Easter Eggs

Keep in mind that you can usually find both small (traditional) size plastic eggs as well as larger eggs.  This makes it a little easier for stuffing with larger items and gives you more flexibility as far as what you can fit into the eggs.

  • Stickers –  cut or tear apart if you need to adjust the size
  • Money – coins or dollar bills
  • Erasers
  • Hair ties, barrettes
  • Stamps – small, self-inking rubber stamps.  You can often find these for very cheap at a craft store.
  • Mini bubbles
  • Tattoos
  • Mini figures (such as small plastic animals or dolls)
  • Bouncy balls
  • Mini nail polishes
  • Silly putty
  • Socks
  • Jewelry
  • Small chapstick or little pots of lip balm
  • Legos (you can even break up a whole set and put individual pieces in eggs)
  • Toy cars
  • Grow caps – the little capsules that you put in water and watch grow
  • Coupons – from a store (e.g. free slice of pizza, free ice cream cone) or homemade coupons (e.g. lunch date with mom or dad)
  • If you are ok with a few pieces of candy, as opposed to baskets full of candy, you can put a few individually wrapped pieces of candy, or a few jellybeans, etc. in the easter eggs.  This way, your child has a couple pieces instead of whole packages.  You can also fit individual packets of things like Annie’s dye-free gummy bunnies into the eggs.

 

 

Comments

  1. 1
    alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    great ideas to avoid a sugar high!!

  2. 2
    rochelle haynes says:

    This sounds great

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