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Help a Mom: Easter egg filler ideas

What do you hide in those plastic Easter eggs? Do you have great candy-free alternatives?

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

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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