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Help a Mom: Easter egg filler ideas

Posted March 27, 2012

Here's a generic question that I thought I'd ask: What do you stuff your kids' plastic Easter eggs with?

At my house, my kids get some candy, but not a lot. We have stuffed plastic eggs with stickers, raisins, pretzels, Goldfish crackers, Annie's brand bunny crackers, temporary tattoos, and hair bows.

But, most of the eggs that we hide are the real hard boiled ones that my kids decorate. I usually wake up early to take them out of the refrigerator and hide them just before the kids wake up. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's OK for eggs to be out of the refrigerator for about two hours.

My younger daughter's preschool also suggested individual Lego pieces; coins; socks; Band-aids; sea shells; seeds for planting; and handmade coupons for a special treat (which I think I'll be using this year).

What do you hide in your Easter eggs?

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  • poppets Apr 2, 2012

    I have to laugh at the US Dept of Agriculture's two-hour guideline. When I was a kid, my mom would hide the eggs throughout the house as soon as we went to bed. Then, those same eggs got used for on outdoor egg hunt in the afternoon, and eventually ... got eaten. Somehow, we survived. (But no, I wouldn't do that now!)

  • orangemoonlite Mar 29, 2012

    Silly Bands, party favors (kazoos, roll-up horn blower), mini bottles of bubbles.

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Mar 29, 2012

    My son is not a big candy eater(thank goodness)we still have candy left over from last halloween and the christmas parade.LOL So I am going to do coins, hotwheels cars, stickers and probably some erasers. But we don't do many plastic eggs because my son likes to decorate the real ones. This year I picked up some cute stuff from the dollar tree to decorate the eggs like little bunnies and egg people with stick on feet, ears, googly eyes, etc.

  • dline Mar 28, 2012

    My children as they got older enjoyed clues to the next egg and finally to their Easter basket.

  • kelleebeach Mar 28, 2012

    You could also buy tickets to the Pullen Park train or carousel - they are just $1 each, good anytime, and would fit easily in an egg.

  • pwfaith Mar 28, 2012

    We had to take them for preschool today. I got a dozen lg. plastic eggs and 2 packs of sidewalk chalk shaped like eggs from the $1 store. The sidewalk chalk eggs fit inside the big eggs perfect! We'll probably be doing more of them for egg hunting at our own house and it was super cheap! $3 + tax for all of it.

    My kids are also VERY excited by money so I'm sure we'll have a few with quarters in them too :)

  • cabswife Mar 28, 2012

    thanks for all the great ideas. My boys are gonna be so excited to find legos and money in their eggs this year! With a few pieces of candy mixed in, they will be happy kids!

  • rk1 Mar 28, 2012

    Lots of great ideas in article. I also do erasers, coins or dollar bills for the hunt I plan for some older kids. Last year - I found some cute novelty/character socks in the dollar bin at Target that fit well rolled up in the eggs.

  • mamalu Mar 28, 2012

    You don;t have to fill the eggs. Buy several item from the dollar store or party city., The children collect the eggs and turn them in for the same number of treats. This way it can be any size. Happy Easter

  • JaredsMom Mar 28, 2012

    I do a quarter in 10 - 12 eggs (one in each egg). Also I fill approx. 10 eggs with chocolate malted eggs (one or two in each egg).