Easter is a sugary holiday. It seems there are three full aisles dedicated to candy in every store. Marshmallow treats, chocolate bunnies, eggs in every size color and flavor imaginable. Everything in moderation right? Well yes, but the idea of sending a toddler out to find a couple dozen eggs all filled with sugar, food coloring, artificial flavor, and preservative laden candy is a bit scary really. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t give any candy at all, that choice is up to you. I am saying you have other options. Lots of them. And they are all toddler-friendly and very fun.
Incredible Edible Options 1. Dried cranberries, raisins, dried cherries or other favorite dried fruits
2. Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Crackers – These crackers come in a number of flavors including cheddar, pretzel and whole wheat and are made with good ingredients. What’s more perfect than bunnies in an Easter egg?
4. Pretzels – Look for a different shape than you usually by to changes things up.
5. Animal crackers – Barbara’s Snackimals come in lots of varieties and are made with quality ingredients. Just don’t try one yourself of you might end up eating all of them and not have any left for the eggs. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
6. Sugar snap peas
8. Trail mix
9. Yogurt melts – Happy Yogis yogurt melts are a family favorite in my house.
10. Dehydrated fruit
11. Nuts – Nuts are a great healthy snack, just make sure your little one is old enough to handle eating them.
12. Miniature or fun-sized granola bars
13. Berries – Strawberries and blueberries both make for surprising Easter egg fillers. It’s so fun to open an egg and find a big juicy, rip strawberry or plump blueberries.
14. Cereal – Kids love cereal, fill a few eggs with some of your toddler’s favorite cereal and they will be thrilled.
15. Cherry or grape tomatoes
16. All natural Fruit leather
17. Banana chips
Egg-stra Fun Playthings
20. Matchbox cars
21. Bouncy balls
22. Alphabet magnets – A single set of alphabet magnets could fill all your eggs if you want, or you could fill some eggs and save the rest to add to an Easter basket.
23. Colorful band-aids
24. Jewelry – Bracelets or necklaces fit perfectly into eggs.
25. Mini Play-Doh – The small party favor size is perfect for little hands.
26. Mini dinosaur figures
27. Temporary tattoos
28. Rubber bugs or animal figures – You can find these at the dollar store.
29. Hair bows, clips, or ties
30. Miniature bottles of bubbles – The small bottles given out at wedding receptions are the perfect size.
31. Rubber ducks – Sites such as Oriental Trading Post usually carry a variety of seasonal mini-rubber ducks.
32. Coins – Even two and three-year-old kids get excited about a little money. Pennies and quarters are pretty exciting. Just make sure your little one knows not to put coins in their mouth.
What are your favorite creative things to put in Easter eggs?