In her spare time, Abby Slutsky enjoys brainstorming unique ways of entertaining.
Traditionally, Easter egg hunts included chocolate treats and candy. If you'd prefer your children not to devour heaps of chocolate and sugar this time around, why not create a healthy Easter egg hunt that focuses on fun rather than calories? Whether your children follow clues to find these healthy eggs or randomly look for eggs in your yard, they are bound to enjoy themselves. These ideas will help you fill plastic eggs with creative treats of a healthier variety.
- Start by ordering plastic eggs that open and snap shut. One of the nice things about the Dreidel Company's fillable plastic eggs is that you can order them in varying quantities. What a convenience to be able to order exactly what you need! They come in eight vibrant colors. You can put a variety of items in these eggs before hiding them, and the plastic will protect the contents.
- If you intend to put small toys in the plastic eggs, consider assigning each child a specific egg color. Tell each child to collect eggs of the color you assign them. This will allow you to hide multiple eggs in the same place. Furthermore, you can customize the toy prizes so individual children can find toys that are more likely to appeal to them.
- Keep an eye out for small toys that you can put in the eggs a few weeks before you create the hunt. It will be easier to accrue a stash if you are able to find dollar-store items a few at a time, as inventory changes week-by-week.
- If you want to hide a lot of eggs, consider filling plastic eggs with a mix of the items suggested below. There is no reason why the same Easter egg hunt cannot include healthy, snack-filled eggs, eggs with toys, and eggs with coupons.
- Remember to choose toys that are safe for the ages of the participating children. Do not fill your eggs with any items that young children may put in their mouths.
What to Include in the Fillable Plastic Easter Eggs
So, if we're not stuffing our eggs with chocolates and candy this year, just what can we fill them with? Here are three creative ideas for a healthier Easter egg hunt.
1. Small Toys
There are many inexpensive toys that can fit inside of a plastic egg and delight your child. Start by visiting your local dollar store to find some fun options. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Put a piece or two of sidewalk chalk in several eggs. Chalk can provide hours of fun and help hone children’s fine motor skills.
- A traditional or Chinese jump rope will provide fun and exercise. These inexpensive toys are portable and perfect for playing alone or with others.
- Jacks and a small ball still make for an engaging game. Playing can enhance coordination, concentration, and counting.
- Plastic toy soldiers fit easily in an egg. Male and female children alike can create their own imaginary battles by positioning the soldiers in different ways.
- Dice are convenient for many games, and an extra pair is always useful since children often lose game pieces.
- Individual matchbox cars can fit in a plastic egg and provide hours of enjoyment. Choose toy cars under two inches, as larger ones may not fit in the eggs.
- Many children like small stickers. Often, you can find holographic or glow-in-the-dark stickers that will delight the children who find them.
2. Healthy Snacks
In lieu of candy, bags of dried fruit or nuts make nutricious Easter egg fillers. Little boxes of raisins or pouches of trail mix are perfect. Small bags of granola or popcorn kernels will also fit nicely in plastic Easter eggs.
If you are not hiding the eggs far in advance, you can also put bags of vegetables in them. If you use vegetables, consider setting a table with assorted cups of salad dressing or dips so the children can enjoy customizing the veggies to their taste after the hunt.
3. Homemade Coupons
You can also fill Easter eggs with coupons that the finder can redeem for items or privileges. Here are some fun coupon ideas:
- Stay up late for an extra half hour.
- Watch an extra hour of television or play an extra hour of video games.
- Sleep in for an extra half-hour in the morning.
- Enjoy your favorite home-cooked dinner.
- Have a take-in or pizza night.
- Pick of the game the family plays or the TV show the family watches.
- Have a sleepover with a friend of your choice.
- Get out of any chore for one day.
- Have your room cleaned by someone else.
- Visit the playground or park.
- Enjoy the breakfast of your choice.
© 2021 Abby Slutsky
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on January 22, 2021:
Thanks for reading. I didn't even think about the savings.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on January 21, 2021:
I think these are great ideas for anyone who wants to customize their own Easter eggs for their Easter egg hunt. Also a very affordable method too if a family are trying to save money.
Abby Slutsky (author) from America on January 20, 2021:
I hope you will too. Thanks for reading.
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 20, 2021:
Great ideas. I like the coupon idea best. I sure hope I will be able to see and hug my grandchildren by Easter this year.