20 Candy-Free Easter Egg Fillers for Toddlers

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Easter is less than two weeks away, and I’m getting so excited!  We picked out Kate’s Easter basket a couple of weeks ago and she’s been carrying it around the house ever since.  I love how much she gets into the traditions of the holidays!  Last year Kate had fun with an Easter egg hunt at G’s parent’s house, and this year I think she’s really going to love it!

As many of you know, I’m a bit of a Nutrition Nazi, so I wanted to think of some fun and sugar-free Easter egg filler ideas that Kate could enjoy sans cavities and sugar crashes.  Here they are!

1.  How cute is this little bunny?  Fill your toddler’s Easter eggs with Little People toy animals and people! Kate loves Little People toys.  She has the Little People Noah’s Ark, the Happy Sounds Home, and the Open and Close SUV.  The great thing about this line is that all of the people and animals are interchangeable regardless of which toy your child has!  I picked up this Little People bunny for Kate at Target in the Easter section, and it can be one of Noah’s animals or a pet in her dollhouse.  She’s going to love it!  (Note:  Larger Little People animals and people will require larger eggs.)

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Little People Toys


2.  Stickers!  Kate loves stickers so I bought a packet of Easter-themed stickers, and a packet of Cars-themed stickers (she’s super into cars and trucks right now) and cut them into egg-sized pieces.

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Easter-themed Stickers


3.  Kids love money before ever understanding what money really is.  Fill their Easter eggs with coins and they’ll be thrilled to fill up their piggy bank after the egg hunt!

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Money, Money, Money!


4. Barrettes, bows, hair clips, ponytail holders–any kind of hair accessory your little girl is currently rocking these days!

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Hair Accessories


5. Little toy cars! Kate is obsessed with cars right now, and loves her Little People Wheelies Rampway.  The little toy cars that go along with it (like this one found in the Easter section at Target) are excellent fillers for extra-large eggs. Matchbox cars are another great idea!  Just make sure you get eggs that are large enough to hold them (or cars small enough to fit).

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Toy Cars


6.  Sidewalk Chalk.  Another recent find is sidewalk chalk in the shape of an egg in Target’s Dollar Spot section.  I picked up four chalk eggs for $1!

7.  Miniature Playdough.  I’ve seen miniature playdough tubs in varying sizes so make sure you get eggs that are the right size to hold them.

8.  Miniature bubbles.  One of my favorite signs of Spring is seeing bubbles floating across our yard, compliments of the many playful children in our neighborhood.  Look for miniature bottles of bubbles at any party store for just a handful of pennies!

9.  Packets of planting seeds.  Consider starting a new tradition with your child!  Spring is the perfect time to give them packets of flower or vegetable seeds to plant, help water, and watch grow.

10.  Kate is an accessories hoarder queen, so filling her Easter eggs with bracelets, necklaces, and plastic rings was an obvious choice!

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11.  They’re not just for stocking stuffers and school clothes shopping!  Filling your child’s Easter eggs with a pair of brightly colored socks is a fun way to sneak in these otherwise boring wardrobe necessities.

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Bright Colored Socks


12.  Balloons.  Kate loves balloons, and they make a cheap and easy Easter egg filler.  Blow them up and teach your little one how to play catch, or bat them in the air for your child’s first volleyball game!

13.  Legos.  A classic never goes out of style.  Fill your child’s Easter eggs with additional pieces of their favorite Lego collection–or get a collection started for them!

14. Bath squirt toys. The possibilities are endless with these little suckers (and squirters).  Look for them by the bagful in the bath section of your favorite store.

15. Alphabet magnets. Your child will be having so much fun hunting for more letters that they won’t even realize they’re learning, too!

16.  Puzzle pieces.  Buy an age appropriate puzzle for your child, fill each of their eggs with one of the pieces, and turn their Easter egg hunt into a search to find all the pieces to the puzzle!

17.  I may be a Nutrition Nazi, but that doesn’t mean I’m a total wet blanket when it comes to snacks that Kate can enjoy.  Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are crackers in the shape of bunnies (perfect for Easter!) and made from organic, no sugar added ingredients.

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Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies Crackers


18. Kate loves raisins, and a surprising recent discovery is that she also loves almonds and dried cranberries. A homemade trail mix of the three makes a wonderfully healthy Easter snack!

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Homemade Trail Mix


19. Your child’s favorite cereal, such as Cheerios, Kix, or Chex.

20. Pretzels, such as Annie’s organic Pretzel Bunnies!

So there you have it–20 ideas for egg filler items you can feel good about treating your toddler with this Easter holiday!

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Kate: 26 Months

Got any other candy-free filler ideas you’d like to share?  I’d love to hear them!

Disclaimer:  Please consider your child’s age and ability when choosing Easter egg fillers for him/her.  Choking is a serious risk when it comes to objects this size, and anything that can fit inside of a small plastic Easter egg should be handled by your child only under strict adult supervision.  

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  1. 1

    These are great ideas and I’ll be stealing several for my 15 month old’s basket. Thanks!

  2. 2

    This is perfect, I was just thinking this morning I needed to look up some Easter egg stuffer ideas! So thanks :) This covers it! I am also big into nutrition for my 21 month old and we love the cheddar bunnies! I just found Easter Eggs at Target that were filled with Organic fruit snacks…we will be using those too!

  3. 3

    Sorry but I’m a traditionalist and give my kids candy. Everything in moderation. And if you tell your child they can’t have something – they will want it even more. That happened to me with booze. hahaha

    • 4

      I have got to tell you, we are nutrition nazis. Our reasoning was that since we’ve had weight issues it was our gift to only allow healthy, whole foods in the house. We have done something wrong. My oldest is now 10 and he goes over people’s houses and to birthday parties solo. He eats himself sick EVERY TIME. Moderation is our new mantra. Sigh.

    • 6

      We have been total nutrition nazis for the past 10 years. Now, my adorable tween eats himself sick every time he is at a friend’s house or party without me. Moderation is our new mantra. Sigh.

    • 7

      Creating new traditions is easy… :) Food doesn’t need to be the focus of celebrations, rewards for doing good and so on… create new traditions that are healthy for our children’s bodies and minds. :) (I like food free celebrations for the health benefits… a healthier mind and body AND because my son is Anaphylactic to peanuts.)

  4. 8

    What great ideas, thanks for sharing! I don’t have kids (but hopefully someday) but I love the idea of non-candy themed Easter basket!

  5. 9

    I’ll need this list next year! This year she’s getting board books and baby proofing items…ha.

    I will add that with the money, you should clorox wipe it…money is very dirty.

  6. 10

    Great ideas!

  7. 11

    Thanks everyone!

    @Jenna–I recently bought some Annie’s fruit snacks for Kate to enjoy during my Oscar party and she loved them! She’ll be excited to see them again in her Easter basket. And they’re also bunny shaped which is so cute!

    @Chicago Mom–I totally agree with allowing things in moderation. There will be some candy treats in Kate’s Easter basket too, but there’s certainly no shortage of candy-related egg filler ideas out there!

    Great ideas, Anne Marie–thank you!

  8. 12

    I hadn’t thought of seeds or bubbles- brilliant! Your pictures are great- I can never get small items to look good with my SLR camera. Happy early Easter!

  9. 13

    This is an amazing list! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 14

    Thank you girls!

    @Alison–I don’t know much about photography to be honest, but I used my fixed 50mm lens for these pics, and I’m guessing that’s the difference. Search out “Canon 50mm 1.8” on Amazon.com to check it out!

  11. 15
    Elizabeth says:

    Can I possibly talk you out of using the term “Nazi” so flippantly? It cheapens the unbelievable atrocity exacted by a genocidal, totalitarian regime. There is nothing cute or quirky about using it in the context of being a little tough or strict.

    I don’t say this because I’m a Jew; I say this because I’m human. Please think about it?

  12. 18

    Thank you so much for these ideas!

  13. 19

    @Elizabeth–That’s a great point and certainly one I hadn’t thought of. I’m always interested in learning and expanding my perspective–especially when it’s done in a respectful manner. Thank you for sharing.

    @Stephanie–My pleasure!

  14. 20

    GOLD- my girls loved finding Gold. “Real gold, Mom!” The gold colored dollar coin was a big deal. Just one or two, was lots of fun.

    Also, bendy toys, plastic rings and necklaces, super balls, all the geegahs that kids love to choose at those pizza places. Age approp., of course.

    Love the idea of puzzle pieces. Wish I’d thought of that.

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    GOLD- my girls loved finding Gold. “Real gold, Mom!” The gold colored dollar coin was a big deal. Just one or two, was lots of fun.

    Also, bendy toys, plastic rings and necklaces, super balls, all the geegahs that kids love to choose at those pizza places. Age approp., of course.

    Love the idea of puzzle pieces. Wish I’d thought of that.

  16. 22

    GOLD- my girls loved finding Gold. “Real gold, Mom!” The gold colored dollar coin was a big deal. Just one or two, was lots of fun.

    Also, bendy toys, plastic rings and necklaces, super balls, all the geegahs that kids love to choose at those pizza places. Age approp., of course.

    Love the idea of puzzle pieces. Wish I’d thought of that.

  17. 23

    GOLD- my girls loved finding Gold. “Real gold, Mom!” The gold colored dollar coin was a big deal. Just one or two, was lots of fun.

    Also, bendy toys, plastic rings and necklaces, super balls, all the geegahs that kids love to choose at those pizza places. Age approp., of course.

    Love the idea of puzzle pieces. Wish I’d thought of that.

  18. 24

    Hi, I am doing this this year with my 3 year old. Last year we hid a couple eggs and that was all her attention span could handle. This year there will be lots of hidden eggs. I hadn’t thought of stickers or hair chips, thanks!
    Found you via Pinterest. Follow via Email now. :-)

  19. 25

    Great suggestions, traceyo!

    @Ashley–Oh I bet she’ll totally be into it this year. Hope you have fun tomorrow! So happy to have you as a new follower; thank you!

  20. 26

    I just found this via pinterest, it’s a GREAT LIST!

  21. 27

    I just found on Pinterest too…. I shall be doing many of these next year when baby has become a toddler… Fab! Must remember that I’ve pinned it! Xxx

  22. 28

    I do this for advent calendars too. Take a LARGE painted cereal box and cut windows and tape a small wrapped gift inside. My son LOVES them. This year he is seriously into LEGOs and I didn’t make my own since there are several fun ones by LEGO

  23. 29

    What a great idea! Thank you!
    I do an advent calendar with out little ‘goodies” that aren’t candy. My daughter is 9 and I put earrings, hair ties, ribbons, stickers etc into her calendar. Had not thought about it for Easter. I hope the easter bunny will do this for Easter at our house this year

  24. 30

    Yes to stickers! I’m also thinking bouncy balls for my 18 month old. On other blogs I’ve seen DIY molded crayons, that could work, too! I’m so excited to be making an Easter basket after so many years!

  25. 31

    I am going to buy a sarfari toob, I cam get them at AC Moore for $5 and they have 10-12 small animals in them. I will split up the animals and put them in the eggs. And we will do a few eggs with m&ms or a Hershey kiss, I like to mix it up. Thanks for the ideas.

    Safari Ltd Pets Toob

  26. 32

    Last year we did two toobs, puzzle pieces to a 3d puzzle and some candy. This year we’re doing a toob, encased insects for light table, play doh in a larger egg, rory’s story cubes, some bubbles and whistles. The puzzle pieces really didn’t go over well last year (though he was only 2). I have twin infants so I want to minimize choking hazards but once that is not an issue, we will be doing playmobil sets, Legos or kid knex pieces.

  27. 33

    I wanted to mention a snafoo that I ran into last Easter. I bought plastic Easter eggs and filled them with animal crackers for the kids. (I wanted to avoid the super sweet candy treats) The eggs weren’t large enough for the mini packages of animal crackers so I had to place them in the eggs without the package. Apparently plastic eggs have a tiny hole in them, which I assume is there for the purpose of the molding process. This tiny hole, which I didn’t notice in advance, was large enough for ants to climb in and enjoy the crackers. They were only in the yard for maybe 1 hour before the egg hunt. So, word to wise… be sure to use treats that are sealed in separate packaging before you place them in a plastic egg and hide them outside.

    • 34

      I did cookies too, and last year they were in the yard for an hour or two. Not ants, but a bigger animal like a squirrel, bit right through the plastic eggs, two of them!

  28. 35

    So many more great tips and ideas – thank you everyone!

  29. 36

    I love these! I don’t have children yet, but I’m 21 and I wouldn’t even mind finding some of these in an easter basket…lol!

  30. 38

    Since having kids I also do not like filling baskets or eggs with candy… other things I have done that can be added to your list include… STAMPS (as in stamps and stamp pads for pictures), underwear, baby sunglasses (fit in the large eggs), pool squish balls (great also for bath tubs and water tables), little pet shops, earrings (did this last yr for my 4 yr old), new pillowcase or wash cloth (I was amazed how I was able to fit these in the larger jumbo sized egg).

  31. 39
    AnnMarie says:

    I also like to put in temporary tattoos, those little growing wash clothsyou can get at the dollar store, the little growing sponge animals, bouncy balls, pencil toppers/erasers, we’ve also done math problems/ trivia questions for my older son with dollar store items as “prizes”that wouldn’t fit in eggs, silly putty, sugar free life savers, Lego mini figures, hot wheels cars & little boxes of raisins/yogurt covered raisins. Thanks for some more ideas. :)

  32. 40
    samantha says:

    great ideas. i do allow my kids to have some candy but i do not want all the eggs to have candy i would much rather they have healthy treats or toys instead! for basket fillers instead of candy we are using yogurt drops, and freeze dried packages of fruit. a special snack instead of candy :)

    • 41
      samantha says:

      also instead of easter grass at least for the babies basket i am making some silky blankets to use

  33. 42

    I’m loving all these wonderful ideas! Thanks everyone!

  34. 43
    Stephanie says:

    I love doing coins. You could also do arcade coins. Then take the family to an arcade. Great added family time after a scavenger hunt.

  35. 44

    Wonderful ideas for a non-sugary Easter! We also cut apart tattoos and put them into eggs, the kids love tattoos!

  36. 46

    I have to say that I love the seeds and the socks ideas. I have seen some of the other ideas before, but those were definitely new and things my DS will love!

  37. 48

    Last year I did a non-candy easter egg exchange with some friends. We each brought a dozen filled with one type of goody and left with a dozen assorted eggs. It was such a hit I’m doing it again this year, only I’ve found your site to direct people to when they are looking for ideas! I am doing 2 dozen this year, 1 of mini bubbles and one of baby washcloth bunnies (using baby washcloths from the dollar store). Thanks for the great visuals and the great round-up of ideas!

  38. 50

    Last year my daughter was 18 months and I included easter themed finger puppets. My daughter still loves them. I love your ideas and will be using them this weekend!

  39. 52
    TIffany Tyndall says:

    I use kid of the day coupons they can turn in anytime for something special, pick story time book, pick movie for family movie night, 1 hour alone with mommy, pick the park, pick the dessert, etc… you get the idea :) With me being a single mom of four with a very hectic schedule it is very hard to get one on one time with each of the kids everyday, they also get these when they do something nice, help out with an extra chore, etc… of course i do these types of things with out the coupon but this is for an additional special time 😀

  40. 54

    Great ideas! I found this via Pinterest . We will be using lots of your ideas for my granddaughter this year.

  41. 56

    We also like temporary tattoos, mini stampers, earrings, and Barbie accessories

  42. 58

    Does anyone know where I could animal shaped instead of the egg shaped ones? Tyx

  43. 61

    hese are great ideas! one more idea I had is mini bubbles if your child likes bubbles…you can usually find the mini bottles at the dollar store and I think they will fit in the eggs!

  44. 62

    My grandkids love marshmallows so the Easter ones would be good. Packages of fruit snacks
    Also the small bubbles can be found in the wedding section at JoAnn and Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart, Meijers

  45. 63

    Fantastic ideas!! Don’t know if this was posted yet, but my 18 month old loves the puff snacks. (They’re about as close as she gets to candy!!) There is a great selection of organic varieties. Can’t go wrong!

  46. 64

    My husband and I like to put hot wheels in some of the eggs for our boys

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