Make Your Easter Egg Hunt More Exciting With These Easter Egg Filler Ideas.
Since it almost always rains here on Easter, I tend to buy (way too many) plastic eggs as back-up for our egg hunt.
I learned the hard way that water+egg dye+white frilly Easter dresses=big mess, sad mom.
Since plastic eggs don't have anything good inside, like say...egg, then it makes sense to fill them up ourselves. (not with egg.)
Plus, by filling the eggs, you can actually save a little money on Easter baskets. I always fill my own baskets with gifts, but it can get just as expensive as a store-bought basket if I am not careful.
If you put the "junk prizes" in the eggs, you have more space in your basket for larger items such as books.
If you are stumped for what to use, just check out the list below for over eighteen things you can use to fill a plastic Easter egg.
"Secret" prizes make the Easter baskets and egg-hunt much more exciting!
Not really a new idea. But we like to put a dollar in the "prize" egg, and a few smaller coins in some of the other eggs. That way everyone gets some, ya know.
Well obviously, right? Okay, some people don't like giving candy to their kids, and that's okay. I'm the bad mom that doesn't mind candy, but my girls aren't that wild about it anyhow.
Rather than holiday themed chocolates that melt in rain (or sun), I've found that things like caramel cubes, Tootsie rolls, and small pouches of fruit snacks hold up better.
(I save the chocolate for after those frilly dresses come off!)
3. Party Beads
My girls love those cheap strands of dress-up beads from the party section. They are 4 for $1 at Walmart and some of the dollar stores, and they fit nicely in a regular sized egg.
(They also look very festive looped around a small Easter tree display.)
4. Matchbox Cars
You can buy the eggs that have Play Doh already inside, or you can save a little money by stuffing your own.
I recommend taking it out of the eggs as soon as possible though, because for some reason, all Easter eggs have "breathing holes" and you don't want the Play Doh to dry out.
Personally, I love this idea because it gives kids something to do after the egg hunt is over. You can get creative by adding some glitter or small prizes. You can even make and dye your own to have holiday themed colors.
6. Lip Gloss
If you don't have a lip gloss addict, then small pots of colored body glitter will fit too.
7. Nail Polish
Those tiny bottles of nail polish you find in the kid's section will fit into an egg! So will those small sheets of nail stickers. And it's the perfect time of the year to find pastels and glitter polishes.
You can't fit a whole set of Legos into one egg...but you CAN split a set between all the eggs. Now, how fun is that?
If you have a Lego lover in your house, this is a great way to surprise them with a new play set.
9. Doll and Small Figurines
These Disney Toddler Princesses also fit, as well as a variety of superhero figures, Minions, ponies and other small dolls.
10. Sticker Sheets
Dollar stores always have tons of sticker sheets. If you trim off the paper around the stickers, the sheet can be rolled carefully and tucked into an egg.
You can also buy a sheet or roll of stickers and cut off smaller sections for each egg.
11. Temporary Tattoos
These can also be bought in booklets or on sheets. They can be trimmed small enough to fit in an egg.
There are thousands of fun designs, and even grown-ups can enjoy them.
For doodling on your plastic eggs after the egg hunt. Then save your works of art to hunt again next year.
13. Beading or Bracelet Kit
Have a crafty kid? A roll of that plastic lacing and enough pony beads for a bracelet will fit into an egg. So will floss for making braided friendship bracelets.
This is another fun way to spend the afternoon after the hunt.
If every single egg had a balloon in it, my kids would be happy.
Luckily, you can get big bags of balloons everywhere for practically nothing. (And you can squish bunches of them into an egg!)
Fill eggs with glitter and confetti and encourage an egg fight. Your yard will never look prettier!
16. Miniature Cards
Instead of a full size Easter card in their basket, craft a tiny, custom card with a special message and hide it in an egg. You could also make small books.
17. Small Novelty Toys
Big goodie bags of "gumball" machine toys are instant winners with children. Some of the items that will fit into eggs include:
- Rubber stamps
- Rubber balls
- Small lights
- Glow in the dark animals/insects
- Bendable figures
- Finger puppets
- Mini-card decks
- Sticky hands
18. Flower Seeds
For only a few cents at any store, you can buy numerous packs of flowers that are easy for kids to grow. Some easy kid flowers include:
- Wildflower mixes
Simply roll and tuck the packet into an egg. For seed mixes, you can later help your child turn the egg into a seed shaker (drill or poke some larger holes).
Once they are ready for gardening, just shake the seeds onto the ground. (much easier than getting them out of those paper packs!)
If you wanted to be hilarious, you could always use eggplant seeds...