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132 Non-Candy Plastic Easter Egg Fillers

What to put in plastic Easter eggs for kids - Includes fun ideas for egg fillers including trinkets and cool toys that can fit into the larger sized eggs. Ideas for all children from the very young to teens. Could also use some ideas for things to put in baskets.

I like candy. A lot. Give me some chocolate and I’ll follow you anywhere.

Okay, not anywhere, but many places.

My kids like candy, too.

They like candy so much that they’ll eat it until their bellies hurt and then whine for days.

As the parent, it’s my job to make sure they don’t get enough candy to make that happen. At the same time, I don’t want to deprive them of a super fun Easter egg hunt on Sunday.

We’ll be stuffing our Easter eggs with things from this list. If you’re also looking for some non-candy alternatives, pick up some of this stuff between now and the weekend.

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  1. Fruit snacks (but they’re basically candy anyway, right?)
  2. Mints
  3. Trail mix
  4. Dried fruit
  5. Nuts
  6. Marshmallows
  7. Cereal (even sugary cereal is probably healthier than candy)
  8. Gummy bears or worms
  9. Nilla Wafers
  10. Gum or gumballs
  11. Fruit roll ups
  12. Goldfish crackers
  13. Peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers
  14. Grapes
  15. Cuties (teeny oranges)
  16. Dollar bills
  17. Coins – We will have lots of eggs stuffed with coins. My girls love money! (Who doesn’t?)
  18. Lip gloss
  19. Lip balm
  20. Nail polish
  21. Nail stickers – Make sure you get self adhesive ones.
  22. Scented body spray
  23. Body glitter – Don’t forget the adhesive for this, even though it probably won’t fit in an egg. Also, probably best for older kids.
  24. A mini tube of lotion
  25. Homemade coupons – These are my Valentine’s coupons, but you could make something similar for Easter.
  26. A folding travel toothbrush – I think a little kid would find this cool and different.
  27. Socks (or a sock if it’s a small egg)
  28. Cool shoe laces
  29. A pair of lace or satin gloves for dress up – I just saw some of these in the dollar stuff at Target.
  30. Magic towels (If you haven’t seen them, these are wash cloths molded into teeny shapes. When you put them in the bathtub, they expand into full-sized wash cloths. I buy them at the dollar store.)
  31. Little barrettes
  32. Hair bows
  33. Ponytail holders
  34. Bracelets
  35. Earrings
  36. Stick-on earrings
  37. Rings
  38. Pop arty beads – My kids have had several sets of these and LOVED them. They’re so cool!
  39. A mini compact mirror
  40. Play scarves
  41. A folding fan
  42. Zipper pulls
  43. Jibbitz – Those little charms that you stick in the holes of your Crocs.
  44. Shoelace charms
  45. Beaded necklaces
  46. A pendant necklace
  47. Colored hair extensions
  48. Hair crayons
  49. Temporary tattoos
  50. Band-aids with cool designs
  51. Wikki Stix
  52. Stickers
  53. Foam shapes
  54. Mardi Gras beads
  55. Squinkies
  56. Hatchimals CollEGGtibles
  57. Shopkins
  58. Lego mini figures
  59. Mini erasers
  60. Puzzle erasers
  61. Toy cars
  62. Chalk – Don’t buy this on Amazon! You’ll have tiny pieces by the time it arrives. (Speaking from experience.)
  63. Little action figures – Think army men
  64. Mini skateboards
  65. A mini rubber duck
  66. A key chain flashlight
  67. Small key chains to hang on a backpack
  68. A whistle
  69. A kazoo
  70. Marbles
  71. Bouncy balls
  72. Stress balls
  73. Squishies
  74. Monkey noodles
  75. An un-inflated beach ball

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  76. A Koosh ball
  77. A porcupine ball
  78. Polly Pocket dolls
  79. Polly Pocket clothes
  80. Barbie accessories
  81. Barbie clothes
  82. Party games – Check the party supply store or that aisle at Wal-mart or Target. They have all sorts of favor items that are little enough to put in eggs.
  83. Mini rubber stamps
  84. A mini stamp pad
  85. Little Play-doh tubs or little balls of homemade play dough in zip top baggies
  86. Silly putty
  87. Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
  88. Crayons – these egg-shaped crayons are really cute
  89. Crayola’s Pipsqueak markers
  90. Glitter glue
  91. Confetti
  92. Vials of glitter for making crafts
  93. Googly eyes for making crafts
  94. A little bottle of bubbles
  95. Wind up toys
  96. Wind up bath toys
  97. A pocket knife – obviously only for older kids & teens
  98. A coupon for a free ice cream (handmade or from the local shop)
  99. Jacks and a ball
  100. The monkeys from a Barrel of Monkeys game
  101. Lego
  102. Little People – You know, the chubby little figures?
  103. Toy bugs or toy animals (TOOB pieces are an awesome size!)
  104. A punching ball (Really a big balloon with a rubber handle. You have to blow it up.)
  105. A mini kaleidoscope
  106. Pirate eye patch
  107. Baseball cards – Do kids still collect these?
  108. Pokemon cards. I’ve seen them at our homeschool co-op, so I’m pretty sure they’re still a thing.
  109. A top – You know, they spin.
  110. A bendable rabbit – Think Gumby. I’ve taken some flak for including these, but my kids think they’re super fun.
  111. Ear buds – You know, like headphones but without the bulk
  112. Glow sticks 
  113. Tiny cookie cutters
  114. Egg-shaped shakers – These are like maracas without handles. My kids loved them when they were littler!
  115. Magnetic bookmarks
  116. Pencil grippers
  117. A pencil sharpener
  118. Pencil top erasers (I want these ones!)
  119. Fun erasers
  120. A yoyo
  121. A mini slinky (This one is a real, metal Slinky that will fit in your eggs.)
  122. A mini magnifying glass (These ones really work, unlike those plastic ones with the long handle.)
  123. A mini squirt gun
  124. Sticky hands – I’ve seen these at the dollar store. They have a long, long arm, and the hand at the end is sticky. Grace played with one in the bathtub until it got sucked down the drain.
  125. Finger puppets
  126. A parachute man – My kids LOVE these!
  127. Slap bracelets – And also these!
  128. Those weird sea creatures that grow when you soak them in water – Please tell me you had these as a kid. I loved them, and my kids love them too!
  129. DiceTenzi is a super easy and super fun dice game to play as a family!
  130. Seashells
  131. Interesting or polished stones
  132. Jokes – I’m going to print a couple, cut them up, and fold them into eggs. Grace loves the jokes on popsicle sticks, so I know she’ll love jokes in Easter eggs.

I have two girls, so my list is pretty heavily girl-themed. Sorry about that. I tried to include lots of things for boys, as well, but I’m not sure how successful I was.

Please use your brain and some common sense. Don’t use anything smaller than a toilet paper tube for small children, and don’t give anything sharp to a kid under ten or twelve.

What will you put in your kids’ Easter eggs?

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What to put in plastic Easter eggs for kids - Includes fun ideas for egg fillers including trinkets and cool toys that can fit into the larger sized eggs. Ideas for all children from the very young to teens. Could also use some ideas for things to put in baskets.

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39 thoughts on “132 Non-Candy Plastic Easter Egg Fillers”

  1. It’s a very cool list… Just trying to figure out how most of this would fit in the standard-sized eggs, though. :-/

  2. LOVE this list! I hate doing candy in the kids Easter eggs so I am very very chincy with it. Now that I have some new ideas we can make it more fun 🙂

  3. Thanks for the great post!! Lost of great ideas on here. I am going to “Egg” my neices for easter. (leaving a egg carton of plastic eggs on their door step filled with stuff.) and this gave me lots of idea for them and for my daughter too!

  4. So many unique items and many my kids would be thrilled with that I hadn’t thought of, like character band aids, mini marshmallows (I’ve seen they come in flavors and colors now) and temp tattoos. Thank you, and Happy Easter!

      • They are little electronic bugs, that you turn on and they walk around. If I’m correct, I believe you can get them kind of battling (I don’t know that they have a setting to fight, they just kind of will, and I think they can knock each other over, sometimes). Also, I know that they have like little arenas for them, as oppose to just putting them on your table or floor.

  5. Our daughter is only 22 months, so for easter we did a few easter eggs around the house with mainly cereal x2 , raisins, and fish crackers. She had an easter egg hunt at the sitters but didn’t eat any of the chocolate that she brought home – which was A LOT!

  6. LOVE this list! I just did one of my own as well but I could only come up with 50 items. You have quite the imagination! I’ll have to make note of this before Easter arrives.

  7. We only put a little bit of candy in each egg. If it’s M+M’s, then maybe three. If it’s a mini Reece’s cup, then only one. It’s more about the thrill of the hunt then eggs FULL of candy. But your list contains some fun ideas easily useable for Easter baskets!

  8. I put the parts to a lego set (put parts in little bags first) inside the eggs. So when they were collected my granddaughter had a lego building to put together. Just make sure you account for all the eggs.

    • If you have a tween or teen, a pocket knife would be a perfectly reasonable Easter egg find. That’s the beauty of parenting, you use your best judgement based on the age of your children, right?

  9. I have typed up riddles and stuffed the eggs with them. Kids love this and have great fun reading them out loud to the family. There are TONS of books at the library with riddles for all ages.

  10. When my children were young we would put pennies, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins. We’d use bills for the older ones with 1 hard to find egg to find for the teens with 15 min to find a $25,-$50 egg (don’t forget where you hid it). We had a few with candy too. My granddaughter is little and is learning about farm animals. I got a big bag of them for a buck and put a different farm animal in each one. She loves naming the animals with me as well as the color of the egg each animal is in. Not just at Easter either. They’re called surprise eggs. It’s a big thing on YouTube. I had 5 kids and a full time job. I would also put in coupons like 15 minutes just mommy and me time, mommy & me ice cream cone outing, mom and me nails or pedicure (with teen girls) mom and me cook dinner, etc. My children are grown and they still talk of those memories. They loved those coupons!

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    • As I have replied to other commenters, a pocket knife is a perfectly reasonable suggestion for a tween or teen, many of whom still love Easter baskets. Use your own good judgement with your children.

  12. By the time you buy all of the little things to put in the eggs it gets expensive. We typically buy one big thing and a couple small surprises then put one egg in front of my daughters bedroom door with a clue in it to another egg and guide her all over the house and the yard until she ultimately ends up at her big surprise. Last year we got her a new bike, and the small prizes were a few pairs of underwear, some art stuff, some kinetic sand, an air pump for her basketball, a new pair of dress shoes, some leggings, a new shirt, and one bag of her favorite candy.

  13. What a great list! This was exactly what I was looking for, since we are trying to downplay the candy. And, I just have to say that, yes, IMHO the pocket knoife is PERFECTLY acceptable for a tween – I know, because I have an 11 year old boy who is a boy scout and has several various pocket knives. He would have been thrilled to find one in an easter egg.

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