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106 Things to Put in Easter Eggs

What to put in plastic Easter eggs for kids - Includes fun ideas from candy for small eggs to 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:

  1. Jelly beans
  2. M&Ms or Skittles or other small candies
  3. Snack-sized candy bars
  4. Fruit snacks (but they're basically candy anyway, right?)
  5. Mints
  6. Chocolate eggs
  7. Trail mix
  8. Dried fruit
  9. Nuts
  10. Marshmallows
  11. Cereal (even sugary cereal is probably healthier than candy)
  12. Gummy bears or worms
  13. Nilla Wafers
  14. Gum or gumballs
  15. Fruit roll ups
  16. Goldfish crackers
  17. Peanut butter crackers or cheese crackers
  18. Grapes
  19. Cuties (teeny oranges)
  20. Dollar bills
  21. Coins – We will have lots of eggs stuffed with coins. Grace loves money! (Who doesn't?)
  22. Lip gloss or lip balm
  23. Nail polish
  24. Scented body spray
  25. A mini tube of lotion
  26. A travel-sized tooth brush – 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. Ponytail holders
  33. Bracelets (I'm thinking those little jelly-style plastic ones or even friendship bracelets.)
  34. Earrings
  35. Rings
  36. A little girl sized compact mirror
  37. A folding fan
  38. Zipper pulls
  39. Jibbitz – Those little things that you stick in the holes of your Crocs.
  40. A cheap beaded necklace for dress up
  41. Pretend hair extensions
  42. Hair crayons
  43. Temporary tattoos
  44. Band-aids with cool designs
  45. Stickers
  46. Foam shapes
  47. Squinkies
  48. Shopkins
  49. Mini erasers
  50. Toy cars
  51. Little action figures – Think army men
  52. Mini skateboards
  53. A mini rubber duck
  54. A key chain flashlight
  55. Small key chains
  56. A whistle
  57. A kazoo
  58. Marbles
  59. Bouncy balls
  60. Stress balls/squeeze balls
  61. An un-inflated beach ball
  62. A porcupine ball (I don't know what else to call it. They have these at Oriental Trading and the dollar store.)
  63. Polly Pocket dolls
  64. Polly Pocket clothes
  65. Barbie accessories, including clothes
  66. 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.
  67. Mini rubber stamps
  68. A mini stamp pad
  69. Little Play-doh tubs or little balls of homemade play dough in zip top baggies
  70. Silly putty
  71. Crayons
  72. Crayola's Pipsqueak markers
  73. Glitter glue
  74. Confetti
  75. Vials of glitter for making crafts
  76. Googly eyes for making crafts
  77. A little bottle of bubbles
  78. Wind up toys
  79. A pocket knife
  80. A coupon for a free ice cream (handmade or from the local shop)
  81. Jacks and a ball
  82. The monkeys from a Barrel of Monkeys game
  83. Legos
  84. Little People – You know, the chubby little figures?
  85. Toy bugs or toy animals
  86. A punching ball (Really a big balloon with a rubber handle. You have to blow it up.)
  87. A mini kaleidoscope
  88. Pirate eye patch
  89. Baseball cards – Do kids still collect these?
  90. Pokemon cards. I've seen them at our homeschool co-op.
  91. A top – You know, they spin.
  92. A bendable rabbit – Think Gumby.
  93. Ear buds – You know, like headphones but without the bulk
  94. Glow sticks
  95. Tiny cookie cutters
  96. Egg-shaped shakers – These are like maracas without handles. My kids loved them when they were littler!
  97. Magnetic bookmarks
  98. Pencil grippers
  99. A pencil sharpener
  100. Pencil top erasers
  101. A yo-yo
  102. A mini slinky
  103. A mini magnifying glass
  104. A mini squirt gun
  105. Those 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.
  106. Finger puppets
  107. A parachute toy
  108. Seashells or interesting stones
  109. Jokes – I'm going to print a couple of these, 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.

What will you put in your kids' Easter eggs?

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39 thoughts on “106 Things to Put in Easter Eggs”

  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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