For Whistler’s first Easter as a toddler (16 months old), I decided that it would be easier to do the Easter Egg Hunt with plastic eggs filled with goodies rather than decorating “real” eggs. Maybe its just me, but I think most toddlers would get much more enjoyment out of shaking and rattling eggs and opening them up than having 20 days worth of hardboiled eggs for breakfast :)
At the time, we had been really good about not introducing candy to Whistler AT ALL. We wanted to provide a healthy but still fun Easter that was void of candy.
So I racked my brain about WHAT exactly to fill these plastic easter eggs with – while completely AVOIDING candy and any choking hazards. This wasn’t easy!! Here is my list – I hope you find it useful and PLEASE feel free to add any ideas of your own.
- Cheerios, Toddler Puffs, Pops or Fruit Loops (whatever your kiddo likes)
- Yogurt Melts (like these)
- Finger Puppets! (I like these, these, these and these).
- Character Band-Aids
- Playskool Weebles or Fisher-Price Little People (fits in larger plastic eggs)
- Animal Crackers
- Those magic compressed towels where you just add water (fits in larger plastic eggs)
- Inflatable Clear Jungle Zoo Animal Beach Balls
- Temporary tattoos
- Money (open under supervision, of course!)
- Socks (yes, those adorable super cute little toddler socks totally fit!)
- A coupon to get a book from the store :)
PSSTTT!!! Feel free to DECORATE your plastic eggs! Yes – no need to have ugly plain ones. Paint them, attach felt or colored pipe cleaners and make animals, etc. Marie over at Make and Takes has a tutorial for these super cute eggs!