April 18, 2011

Easter Egg Hunts-More Than Just Candy-Lots of Ideas



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- Pretty sure I like them more than my kids. Do you have some, you must get some, they are so fun. (They are least expensive at Target) 
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 (we don't have any because I don't really like the "faces", but I hear about them at our kids school a lot)
Marbles
Tattoos (again, not a fan, but I know lots of kids love them)
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?

126 comments:

  1. Ohh, I LOVE the puzzle piece idea. I'm not big on candy for Manuel (although I do give him a few pieces in his Easter basket) but the puzzle is a great alternative! :)

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! :)

    Have a great day!

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    1. Such a great idea! I'm definitely buying the magnetic letters for a trip to an event my little girl wants to go to. She's 6 and loves to spell so this is perfect! Thanks :)

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  2. Thanks! My son can't eat Eggs or have most of the candy out at Easter time due to Allergies. Most of the items on your list are things that we use...but I love the idea of Band-aids! Now I have a reason to use a few more eggs for Easter morning!!

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  3. Great ideas. We've always just done candy, but my dd informed me that was so boring. So glad to have some new ideas. I love the scavenger hunt idea too. And this year I bought sand buckets instead of easter baskets. Then they can be used and I don't have to store them.
    Also.. I'll send you an email soon.

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  4. Congratulations! I've awarded you The Versatile Blogger Award!

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    Have a great day!
    Lisa

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  5. We did a treasure hunt with our eggs today. My dh found some great clues for those with 6 plastic eggs and a hiding place for the "treasure". My boys loved it. I will be using some of your ideas next year.

    Best wishes
    Jen in Oz

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  6. Awesome ideas! With two little girls under 3, candy isn't such a feasible option...I LOVE your ideas of stickers, hair bows, bracelets, necklaces, etc! All things my little girls will adore. :) Definitely pinning!! :)

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  7. Another idea: Nothing!! We put nothing in our eggs and our kids LOVE Easter egg hunts all the same. The joy is in hunting the eggs and counting at the end to see who has the most!

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    1. Seriously??? What's the point?

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    2. That's what the found in the tomb too! Nothing! Great idea!

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    3. As children, our families hid real, dyed eggs for us and we loved it. We've continued the tradition with our daughter. It helps keep the sense of entitlement down that is much too easy to cultivate in our children.

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  8. Found your list through a link on Pinterest. LOVE the puzzle idea! Thanks so much!

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  9. Found your list through a link on Pinterest. Love the puzzle idea! Thanks!

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  10. Another idea: if it is a family ego hunt, put pictures of everyone there into the different eggs. If the kid gets a pictures, they have to go to that person and say something like, "Jesus loves you and so do I", and give that person a hug.

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  11. My son "has" to hide eggs for his fiance....she loves hunting for surprises so he makes a point of doing this. Last year we were there the day before so I hid some too...they loved it. They are 24, lol! I love the ideas here, including the small toys kids have forgotten about...with three boys three and then six years apart, things were outgrown or forgotten alot around our house and we even did this for christmas as well...until the eldest voiced that he knew what was going on.

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  12. We always had our egg hunt at my Grandparent's house with all of the cousins, 16 if everyone was able to make it. My Grandpa would save his pocket change for our eggs. Most of them had small coin change but 2 had $1 and the "golden egg" had $5. My Grandparents filled them the night before and all of our parents were in charge of hiding them that morning. It was always a ton of fun for all of us.

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  13. Here's a comical twist for somewhat older children with a sense of humor: Set out with all the other eggs a few "rotton" eggs. When opened, your child may find puppy chow, an ugly rock, a piece of bread crust, pine needles, a dead flower, an ice cube or those awful tasting Harry Potter jelly beans! They'll laugh at the wierd stuff you came up with and it makes the "good" eggs that much more appreciated.

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    1. What a great idea! My kids have a great sense of humor. They will love this!

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  14. My sister and I put glow sticks in plastic eggs and hunted them at night with the kids. They loved it.

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    1. That is an awesome idea! Where did you find glow sticks that were small enough?

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    2. Use glow bracelets

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  15. We have always put other stuff in the eggs, because my kids just dont get alot of candy. We have change and bills in some and others have toys or silly stuff. We have always hid over 150 eggs. I think it is more fun as an adult knowing what is in the eggs and hiding them then it was as a kid to find them. They also have to find their baskets every year. It makes the egg hunt last longer.

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  16. We are going to put the Annie's Chedder Bunny and Graham Bunny crackers in our son's eggs this year. They are cute, festive and organic. score. I love the other ideas of small toys too.

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  17. my youngest son was born on Good Friday, so his easter basket consisted of the large eggs with pacifiers inside, a onesie and pants to wear to church and a small Bible.

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  18. LOVE these ideas! Always great to have candy-free alternatives since they get so much in their basket anyway. Thanks so much!

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  19. LOVE the ideas! Always good to have candy-free alternatives since they get so much in their basket anyway. Thank you so much!

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  20. Annies makes bunny shaped cheese crackers, about the size of goldfish and graham bunnies the same size. They are perfect for the eggs and the kids can eat all they want:)

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  21. We did grapes for our toddler last year, she loved it!

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  22. We used grapes last year for our toddler, she loved it!

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  23. I so love your blog!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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  24. I bought a set of wooden food and many of them fit in the eggs. I also felted this Barnyard Babies kit (halfway down) http://achildsdream.com/felting_crafts/wet_felting_kits.htm and they were really cute and fun for me to do.

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  25. I get about $40 in change from the bank. We mix coins together randomly and put them in the eggs. After the kids find the eggs they get to put the money in their piggy bank. When family puts eggs out for them they put some dollar bills in them. So if they get a large enough amount we take the money and get a savings bond. My kids get enough candy in their basket. They just enjoy hunting the eggs.

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  26. Great ideas, thanks a bunch. Im going to do the scavenger hunt for the Easter baskets this year with my 2 kiddies and then we're going to big ticket items for the Easter egg hunt with the pictures.. :) Should be fun its more interesting then just getting change or bills.. :)

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  27. I love your non-candy ideas, but I just thought of an alternative to the puzzle idea, that my boys would love. Put 1-2 legos in each egg and when all eggs are found, work together to create one large something (building, egg, bunny, etc.) Or use different colored legos for different kids, therefore there's no fighting in the end of what to create.

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  28. Did you know you can stick an address and some stamps to an easter egg and then throw it in the mailbox?! (No box necessary!) I love these ideas, and they make for great mail!!

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  29. I have used lots of these, I have also filled larger sized eggs with sidewalk chalk and socks, and even underwear. My kids are the only ones hunting at our hunt, I wouldn't necessarily suggest underwear for a big group hunt. ;)

    http://scrappinmassmom.blogspot.com/2009/04/peter-cottontail.html

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  30. I put beads in for my little girl and her friend, at the end they each strung a necklace with the beads. This was her friend's first Easter in the U.S.!

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    1. Cute! That really sounds like fun!

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    2. perfect! ...just the idea I was looking for.

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  31. ooh I love these ideas...and I'm with you: I love Squinkies more than my son does! They're just SO CUTE! :) I love all the Disney character ones.

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  32. We put a piece of paper in the plastic egg with the word prize and a number (1 - as high as you want to go) in the egg. Everyone takes turns in order of number and goes to the prize drawer... Fill the drawer with whatever you want. Fill the drawer with stuff from the dollar stores...notebooks, journals, stickers, makeup, snacks, toys, socks etc.

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  33. Thank you for the ideas--am going to use these for my 2 yr old's Mommy & Me class.
    New follower!
    http://www.transformationsyoucansee.com/

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  34. Thank you for the great alternatives to candy! All of our children in this day and age each way too much junk. My daughter is 5 and has Type 1 Diabetes and these ideas are great for Easter. We also do a prize exchange for candy during Easter and Halloween. Our kids trade in pieces of candy for a gift from the prize bag.

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  35. These are fantastic ideas. So happy I found you on pinterest.

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  36. We do goldfish crackers for some of the eggs, but I love the Annie's bunny idea. We have different colored eggs based on age group. So the little kids get to find any color, but specifically pink and purple, if you are older than 4 it is hands off the pink and purple. Then yellow and orange for the up to 10. 10 and older can only hunt for blue and green. Those are hidden really well. I'm a nut and think that the baskets should be full of eggs and the hunt should include lots of kids. So we hide a lot! Anything that fits in an egg for the older ones. I loved the rotten egg idea. I think I will do that to the older ones! It will give me the budget to make some really good ones for them too! I think they will each have one with their name that only they get to find and open. Lots of ideas! Thanks.

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  37. We have 9-14 "egg hunters" ranging from 1-14. So each child is assigned a color or type of egg. I maintain the eggs every year, so I have 24 of each color or type. The parents fill their kids assigned eggs with what ever they want. They are only allowed to collect their assigned eggs except for the little ones who can gather anything. I place rolled down paper bags (these are the nests) on the ground for the little ones to sort the colors and types they find. The big kids then come by and pick up their eggs the little ones sorted. Instead of the egg hunt being 5 minutes it takes a good 30-40 minutes to complete. It works great! We also hide the eggs accordingly to age. Little ones are just on the ground, big kids are usually up high and under things. I've done all the things on this list for years, except bandaids and puzzles. I've even done duct tape, Chuckie Cheese Coins, American Girl Accessories from a large set divided into many eggs.

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  38. Great Ideas for Easter egg hunt and Easter gifts. Great List, It helps Grand parents with their Easter shopping.
    Happy Easter to all....a bit ahead of time.

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  39. Good suggestions. But, I have a little trouble with the fact that you said "Squinkies...I like them more than my kids..." Wow. I can't imagine prefering a toy over my own children.
    (teasin ya...")

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    1. I think she means she likes Squinkies more than the kids like Squinkies.

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  40. I fill my kids eggs with Chuck E Cheese tokens. I know that at some point I'll end up taking them there during the year anyways. This way I can kill 2 birds with one stone. They get excited about getting them in their eggs, and then I don't buy them when I take the kids there. Plus, they have coupons for the tokens in the weekly Smart Source.

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  41. I have several pre-teen nephews, so last year I put (Baked) chicken feet in a few of them!! You should have seen their faces when they opened them. Priceless! A few even had their nails painted bright pink.

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  42. As a mom & special Ed teacher, I wanted to Be sure that all children had a chance to collect eggs. I put a unique symbol on the back of each child's hand and matching symbols on the same number of eggs for each child. All children could find eggs but each only collected the ones with "their" symbol. Older children enjoyed helping younger ones & none really cared what was inside the eggs!

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  43. I have an egg hunt for the 40 people I work with. I print out inspirational quotes and cut them in small strips to put in the plastic eggs. I have to admit that I also put a treat in with the quote. I've used Teddy Grahms in all the different flavors, Gold Fish treats and believe it or not they like the fake tattoos as well as some candy for some of us that have a sweet tooth. They look forward to it every year. I hide them all over the department so everyone gets to find them throughout the day.

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    1. I am doing the same thing and including meatless recipes for next year's Lenten season (among the other candy & prizes.)

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  44. This is a great idea..i love the puzzle idea and the scavenger hunt idea..the only problem is I will be hosting a hunt for a 2 year old boy and two - 5 year old girls....so he can't really do the scavenger hunt, but i don't him left out...maybe i will think of something in between...any ideas would be great..thank

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    1. Tell the girls they can't pick up any blue eggs those are for the 2 year old.

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    2. Maybe you could go around and take pictures of things on your scavenger hunt list for him. Then he could just look at the picture and find the item.

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    3. Vickie, that's exactly what I do at Halloween when we have scavenger hunts for the kids. I take pictures of things in the yard. They start out with one picture. When they find that, there is another picture clue there and so on until they find the prize. they love it!

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  45. Thank you! I have a diabetic daughter and have been struggling for the last couple of years to find good alternatives to put into the eggs. This is a great list! We have put socks into the eggs. If you roll them up real tight they will fit.

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  46. I love the puzzle idea, too!

    We have two boys - 5 and 2 years - they always get a fun toothbrush! Some ideas we have done in the past: gum (only for our oldest), bath crayons, chalk, Goldfish, tattoos, stickers, change, crayons/markers (one year we did a basket of all art supplies! it was such a hit), fun socks, granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. I always put in a few pieces of candy but mostly other goodies.

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  47. Love this! I also had a boyfriend who had a daughter that was potty training and they used Easter Eggs as a reward item for her- Grandma would make sure new things were placed in them every so often and his daughter was always so happy she got rewarded for using the potty with fun things in eggs!

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  48. For years now, I start the day with a note taped on each child's bedroom door with a clue to find the fist egg, then each egg has a clue to find the next... I also throw in a piece of candy or some cash /coins in each egg. The last egg is a "golden" egg (sold in the package with the other plastic eggs) with the "big prize".

    My kids are now 14 and 16 and they STILL look forward to their "egg hunt" every year.

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  49. One Easter my Parents decided to let the adults have an Egg Hunt as well. The kids hid the eggs for their parents and we ran and fought over the eggs just like the kids. Seeing my brothers who were in their forties at the time dive for the prize egg was priceless! In the eggs she put pieces of paper one said "I'm nuts about you." and you received a jar of peants. Another said "Your my Sweetie!" The winner received a Red Diamond sweet tea or a bag of sweet tarts depending on what was left. You get the idea!We had a blast! The golden egg said, "Winner Winner chicken dinner!" It was a gift card to Kentucky Fried chicken! lol!

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  50. My mom used to get me a new Barbie doll instead of yet another stuffed bunny that I wouldn't care about. She would hid some of Barbie's accessories like shoes, purses, and hair brushes, and one time it was some pink hair dye that came with the Barbie. I thought it was awesome! Of course Peeps and chocolates were a must also...I would have otherwise protested a little bit.

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    1. I think that is an awesome idea! I will definately be doing that next year. (as my daughter is only 22 months) Thanx!

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  51. We put cereal in our eggs to combine breakfast with the egg hunt - easy and healthier than candy!

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    1. How does getting a plastic egg full of the same thing they eat every other day of the year make Easter special? That on this day it doesn't come from a box? Healthier? Most cereals are made with so much genetically modified and refined grains, not to mention high fructose corn syrup that candy would almost be a better alternative.

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    2. There are healthy cereals and not everyone eats cereal every day. My husband got cereal for christmas because they ate oatmeal the rest of the year.

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    3. Way to be a Debbie Downer! :oP My kids don't eat cereal every day of the year (in fact, most mornings they eat eggs). Last year, we cut out highly sugared cereals and now stock our pantry with at least slightly better cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios, Kix, Raisin Bran (my 8 year old's fav), shredded wheat, etc. They would be ecstatic to get their old favorite (Reese's Puffs) as a surprise. If we didn't search outside in the afternoon after our big meal in a yard with a large, food-stealing dog, I would soooo try this! Fun idea!

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  52. when our daughter started being interested in money, around age 4, we put nickels and dimes in all the eggs and she thought it was fabulous. She probably gathered less than $5 but the fun in counting it out, was what she really loved. Then we said she could spend it on candy if she wanted to, but she decided to save it.

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  53. Thank you SO much!! I'm really trying to phase out the amount of candy that my daughter gets, and I thought of putting squinkies (which I also love!) and hair bows in the eggs...but the puzzle pieces are a great idea! I think I'll do that this year.

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  54. For the past couple of years I've put plastic bugs in the easter eggs. The boys love 'em. Last year I got glow in the dark ones. So fun! Also, the small cheap little mardi gras necklaces that you buy at the party store fit exactly in an egg. My toddler loved to open them and play with them, and then I would just fill them back up with the necklaces again, and he'd open them again like they were brand new!

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  55. I have several nieces & nephews and I am always the one who hides the eggs for the kids every Easter. I have been putting little "treasures" inside the eggs along with some candy for years. But because the ages vary from 1 yr.-14yrs I have decided the only fair way to do the egg hunt is if each child has their own color and everyone gets the same amount. (Ex- Leah gets purple,Lauren gets green, Noah gets yellow...etc) Otherwise the older kids would get the most eggs. Has worked out beautifully every year (well except for the 1 missing egg we seem to encounter each year, LOL)

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  56. I have 7 children and bought them each an Easter basket when they were born, then decorated it. We use the same basket over and over, though I did recently have to replace my 25 year old's basket becuase it fell apart. The children get their baskets filled with little gifts: something sweet, something to eat, something to read, something to play with and something they need. Same criteria for stockings. Then, we hide HUNDREDS of plastic eggs outside with candy, money, etc. It's just as much fun for me as for the children. And, the older kids still participate!!

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    1. I love the idea of: something sweet, something to eat, something to read, something to play with and something they need.
      It definitely hel[s to keep a minimalist approach and stay in perspective!
      Thanks!!

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    2. Best Idea Ive read all day! Thanks!

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  57. My son loves fishing. so we always filled up eggs with fishing lures, some of which would be repeats from unopened packages from my husbands tackle box.

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  58. This blog is content amazing information about Easter gift which is very useful for me. It very important information about Easter festival.
    Thank you very much for this great information.
    Easter Gift Basket Ideas

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  59. Thanks! I pinned this and blogged about it here -http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2012/03/easters-fast-approaching.html

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    1. Hi LeighAnn, Thank you for the shout out. Glad you like the ideas.

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  60. For the last few years, I have done a Good Friday party. I invite some kids, we read the story of Good Friday and talk about why Jesus would do something so amazing for us. I also, yes I do, do a wrapping in toilet paper contest aka, "getting prepared for the tomb". The kids loved it! I thought maybe they would be a bit creeped out but it was all good. Then I tie string to their Easter buckets and hide them and then they have to follow their string throughout the house to find their bucket. Be sure to label the strings with the kids name! It's a HUGE WEB of string to climb over and under! We had 8 kids last year!!!!! Lots of fun! Kids are 4-9. I filled the buckets with stickers, markers, sidewalk chalk, note pads or coloring books, matchbox cars, lip gloss. I do love the bandaide idea! We too have friends who come with a lot of allergies so we always go with suckers for the only candy!

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  61. My 82 year old mom puts money (about 200-300 dollars in all) in Easter eggs and lets the big grandkids hunt eggs(20's-30's year old). The biggest bills are $20 and smallest are $1. You should see those grandkids act like little kids again looking for the money. We parents get the biggest kick out of it!!!

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  62. We put tokens from Chuck e Cheese and other play places like that in them.

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  63. this is a great list! I just need to think of something that would work for a young boy (21 months old). Anyone have any suggestions? This will be our 1st Easter that we are actually celebrating. We decided not to do it last year b/c we knew he wouldn't really appreciate it. Now, with him walking and being more and more like a "big kid" I wanna give him something he can enjoy (without choking ;) )

    thanks for the alternative ideas too b/c he will be egg hunting with his aunts who are 7 and 9, and I'm sure my mom-in-law would appreciate some cheap ideas that don't go straight to candy! =D

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  64. Great ideas! I also put socks (rolled up in bigger eggs), mini bubbles, goldfish, animal crackers, hair bows, and fruit snacks in eggs for my little ones :-)

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  65. My mom hid eggs one year for my girls & they had a coin in each one (a penny up to a quarter). The girls could take the coins & exchange them for a page of stickers, a coloring book, & a variety of other dollar store items (some were multi packs of toys that she opened & they could pick one for each coin they had). It was a learning experience exchanging money for an item. Best of all, they didn't miss the candy!

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  66. I love doing an Easter Hunt where I hide cards with letters on them. The letters are color coded so that they can be sorted into sets with each set being the letters from an Easter word. For example the letters B U N N Y might be red. The letters E G G S might be blue. This is both an Easter Treasure Hunt and a word puzzle as children sort the letters after finding them and then rearrange them to form Easter words! Great for classrooms.

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  67. We've always done fresh berries in them. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and sometimes grapes. My son loves to crack them one into a bowl then we all devour the fruit salad! He gets more excited about the worries than the Andy!

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  68. We've done cashews and raisins, but I think this year we are going to use our daughter's latest obsession - the Wonder Pets! She has several tiny "baby" animals by Only Hearts Clubs...I think we'll put those in eggs and hide them so the Wonder Pets can find them and save them.

    When I was young, my grandma numbered the eggs and after we found one we would run in to her bedroom and find the prize associated with that number.

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  69. a FUN option to hiding eggs: Number eggs 1-10 (more or less depending on the ages of your kids) If you have multiple kids participating, assign each kid a specific color of egg to locate and number each color 1-10.
    Fill each egg with a clue as to where they can find their next egg. Example: Egg #1 would be marked with a #1 on the outside, and inside, a written clue or picture to help them find egg #2. Repeat for all remaining eggs until they reach the final egg (#10)....
    The final egg that they each find: Place a clue inside where to find their individual easter baskets, or prizes.....

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  70. Our family tradition is to color real eggs, leave them out for the easter bunny to hide. My kids love finding the eggs that they created, just for the pure fun of it! Does anyone else use the real eggs anymore?

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  71. For my toddlers we filled eggs with goldfish crackers, teddy grahms, and mini marshmallows. I didn't feel guilty for letting them nibble on their goodies so early in the morning.

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  72. I have used cheerios(perfect for toddlers) and dried fruit in Easter eggs. Also Grandma puts tickets in them that they can spend at her "store"(that gets set up while they are opening eggs). They can "buy" bigger thing that don't fit in the eggs(books, toys, etc.). The kids love spending there ticket on things that they choose.

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  73. HERE IS AN IDEA... HOW ABOUT USING REAL EGG, BOILING THEM, COLORING THEM AND PUTTING IN SOME EFFORT FOR YOUR CHILDREN! OOOO AND SUGAR WILL NO LONGER BE A PROBLEM WITH WILL EAT EGGS WHICH ARE GREAT FOR THEM

    *NO OFFENSE TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALLERGIES*

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    1. We color eggs and use plastic also. I can hide a lot more eggs that way and they like the fun surprises, stickers or a chocolate chip in an egg isn't much sugar. I don't think using plastic eggs means no effort. It takes work to put them together and real eggs don't work as well for hiding outside. We only hide the real eggs indoors. It's fun to look for the eggs outside and plastic are better for that.

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    2. We did use real eggs until one of them was missed. We got rained out and had to hide them in the basement instead of outside. We found that one months later and it was hollow. Ew... Yeah, THAT was when we switched. Besides, our dog would eat real ones if they were in the yard for any length of time. We hide for at least 7 kids, 10 if the neighbors come and can't hide them inside (in order to protect them from the dog) in an Easter gathering of 20 or so people, including several disabled/senior citizens who can't "move" out of the way or who wouldn't want a bunch of kids scrambling over them to find eggs. Besides all of that... we go through 5-6 dozen eggs a week every week. We can't afford to buy eggs to color and hide for 7-10 kids, even if they do plan to eat them afterwards. We also can't afford the room in our fridge. I grew up searching for real eggs (but that was 20 years ago and there were only 2 of us). Times change and we have to adapt to them and it's not for lack of effort.

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  74. We do a combination of real and plastic eggs. I hide the real eggs in easier places that I know will be found and the plastic in really difficult places. Sometimes my daughter finds them weeks later. It's always a fun surprise.

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  75. wonderful ideas! saw your link on pinterest and will tell all my friends with kids. i have tried doing some non-candy ideas in the past (things you can get as party favors, like bracelets, bubbles, plastic rings, etc) but i like all the ideas that aren't necessarily just more "stuff" like the photos of family members and pictures of animals. i am looking forward to exploring this blog!

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  76. Love the puzzle ideas! Also, when my sibs and I were teens, my mom would hide an egg for each of us (with a $20 inside) where we'd only find it if we did our chores. :)

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  77. This is AWESOME! Thanks so much for putting this list together ... it is just what I needed for the Easter egg hunt I am hosting in 2 days. Thx again!

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  78. I have grandkids who range from 10 to 16 and a few friends with younger ones. The young ones are easy. But for the older kids I was thinking a Starbucks gift card and maybe a gas card for the 4 16 year olds. If anyone has ideas for the older kids, I would love to hear them. I think they would love to be included this year.

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    1. Movie passes are also a great idea

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  79. I do an easter egg hunt with candy and $$ stashed in eggs for the older "kids"- 22-30 yrs. old. The trick is though that there are teams. One person has a blindfold on, and the other gives directions to where the eggs are. We have a few people that help in case of bumping into each other. The people who give directions have to stay in the spot that they begin, so they cannot go with the blindfolded team player. It's a funny time watching people try and find the eggs blindfolded- all for a few bucks in each egg ....But the kids look forward to it every year. We then have a much milder egg hunt with the little kids.

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  80. If you have a baby that can crawl, you can put those dissolvable cheesy puffs inside of the easter eggs! Fun!! :)

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  81. Great idea! Our Easter hunt consists of 5 kids- 10-21 and they have so much fun looking for the clues in the eggs.

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  82. What about small "stuff" other than candy/food for 2-3 year old little boys? All I have found are small animals, and some matchbox cars. My son is very sensitive to sugar and preservatives so any small ideas would help

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  83. Why are books not on this list?

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    1. Umm.. I'm guessing because they will not fit into plastic Easter eggs???

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  84. My family always did change. We'd collect all the eggs and first we'd count out how many eggs we each got so my brother and I could be satisfied with who "won" for that year. Then we'd each count out how much change we'd gotten, add it together, divide by two and then figure out the most equal way to divide the coins between ourselves so that neither of us was stuck with all the pennies and nickles, lol.

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  85. My boys are LEGO crazed, so I've started buying the $2.99 mini figures from Target, and divide the parts among eggs...takes up 5-7 eggs per figure. I think next Easter I'll pick out a bunch of LEGOs from their enormous pile and recycle them through the eggs, too. :)
    I also have done this as an Advent Calendar for them. Just using 4 mini figures covered the whole month! Not a bad expense, and NOT candy.

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  87. I love the idea for clues in each egg! And NOT CANDY

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  88. Love the list at the end. I plan on doing some candy *plus* marbles, bouncy balls, Legos, hair bows, barrettes, bracelets, necklaces, stickers, and temporary tattoos. The kids are gonna love it, and I'll love that I am not pouring all of my money into giving four 4-year-olds sugar highs!

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  89. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful ideas! We included your post on a round up of over 50 sugar free things to put in a plastic easter egg.
    http://dhasmiles.blogspot.com/2013/03/an-egg-celent-choice.html?spref=fb

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  90. We colored eggs last year so much fun watching the little ones.I hid them outside just before going to church when we come back and was ready to do the easter egg hunt the eggs were all gone !! The dog found each one ate them and was she ever energetic!!! Beware dogs love eggs... Backup plan filled plastic eggs with candy and money.Had a great easter.

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  91. I have used balloons a lot! The whole family joins in the fun later as we bounce them around the living room together, grandparents, aunts,uncles and cousins!

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  92. Great idea! Our Easter hunt consists of 5 kids- 10-21 and they have so much fun looking for the clues in the eggs.

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  93. This is a great article with some good ideas for Easter egg hunts. My whole family usually does a big hunt because we have a lot of little kids in our family and they enjoy it. We try to do different candy each year but I did not even think about adding some of these things. I love hosting family holiday parties but sometimes they can be expensive. With the holiday season approaching I am sure a lot of families are getting ready. Unfortunately, some families can not afford to do events like these but there are always ways to get quick cash. People should always know about the option of getting cash for a settlement.

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  94. Great post and lots of helpful comments, too! Love the puzzle ideas. We have eggs in different sizes, so sometimes an egg will contain an egg, which will have a smaller egg inside with a single prize inside, maybe a ring, a coin or a chocolate egg. We fill some eggs with little chicks made from yellow cotton balls or miniature ornaments or stuffed animals. We've also discovered that cotton candy is a favorite find for our 12 year old.

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  95. Seems pretty c heap and tacky and some of this downright dangerous and stupid, who would put marbles that small kids could swallow....geez

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    1. I'm pretty sure most people are smart enough to pick out the age appropriate ideas for their children.

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  96. 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.photo scavenger hunt ideas for children

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