Easter is a big candy holiday. Yes, it’s fun to eat candy and my kids eat plenty. Every now and then we need to cut back a little. Just like Halloween and Valentines, I try and look for candy alternatives for the big day. I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve done in the past and will do again this year.
Easter Egg Candy Alternatives:
*Money! This is a great one and pretty easy. I have a change jar and I had some change to some coins. The kids love it. I even go big and do a few eggs with some dollars in it. Those are like the ‘golden’ eggs! It’s easy and kids love it 🙂
*Stickers or Tattoos. Another kid-friendly favorite.
*Shopkins (for girls) or Matchbox cars for boys
*Chapstick/Lipgloss (my daughter loves this!)
*Puzzle pieces. This is a fun idea. Hide a few pieces in the several eggs. At the end, everyone works together to put the puzzle together.
*Lego pieces. Same idea as the puzzles from above. At the end put all the legos together to make the lego set
*Glow Stick bracelets
*Sponge Capsules (when you put in water they turn into something)
*Small trinket toys
*Coupons (going to a new park, ice cream treat one day, Redbox movie night, just some ideas)*Lottery Tickets?! (I’ve never done this but might this year!)
We certainly will have some candy eggs, just not all of them! What do you put in your eggs?
I love the puzzle piece idea! That sounds like a fun way to courage more family time!!!March 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm
My favorite is the coupons! Kids can trade them in for a redbox or an ice cream/snow cone out. It’s fun is easy to make!March 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm
Great idea to switch out the candy for other things. My mum used to do that too. I would love finding the eggs with the money!!March 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm
Money is a huge hit with the kids! My daughter likes that the best!!March 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm
We always did a great variety of things like stickers, little piñata-style small toys, money, and of course some candy too… after all, a candy or two won’t hurt any kid! Great ideas Shannon!
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Oh yes, we still have some candy too! Some eggs will have candy, for sure 🙂March 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm
Such fun ideas and a healthier alternative! I’m sure the dentist appreciates it!March 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm
Ooh, LEGO pieces and puzzle pieces….I never thought of that! Thank you so much for the great ideas!March 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm
I love the puzzle piece and lego block ideas! My toddler would have so much fun with that!March 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm
I love the idea of skipping the candy. Egg hunting made fun and healthier. In other words: perfect!March 22, 2016 at 7:45 am
Ohhhhh – I LOVE the puzzle and Lego piece ideas!! I was just thinking about this yesterday – what to put inside the eggs as we always do stickers. This is perfect!March 22, 2016 at 9:00 am
I hadn’t even thought of stickers! Great idea. We won’t be doing candy either so I’m in love with this post!March 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm
Good! We do some candy, but not much!March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm
What a terrific list! I will admit I’m a sucker for buying delicious local chocolates but I like a mix of candy and non-candy treats. Thanks for sharing this post, pinning for next year!March 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Thanks Katie! I love chocolate too! Our kids do get some candy, but I have found they like these fun non candy treats too 🙂March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm
Fun ideas. We have a big family hunt every year and my Aunt puts lottery scratch off tickets in some of the eggs for the adult hunt.March 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm
So fun!! Good luck, hope you win some big $$!!March 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm
These are some great ideas, thank you! I’m hosting an Easter Egg hunt for a bunch of toddlers next week who really can’t have candy, so this has helped me with some alternatives!March 23, 2016 at 7:44 am
Oh fun!! These are perfect for toddlers 🙂March 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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