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Sugar Free Easter

There are so many things that are fun about Easter, that doesn't include candy! OK, candy is a pretty good part, but, it's not everything!   If your kids are like mine, they'll get plenty of candy from school, community egg hunts, family parties, neighbors, and even our grocery stores invite the kids in to pick up candy they throw all over the floor.  So really, do they need MORE in their Easter Basket on Sunday morning?  I proposed they don't!  Besides, if you kids are really little, aren't you the ones stealing all the candy from their basket anyway?

I could be wrong, but I actually don't remember getting candy at ALL in our Easter basket on Sunday morning (feel free to correct me mom?!?!).  We hunted in the yard for actual hard boiled eggs.  And we hunted for our baskets filled with crayons, hair bows, nail polish, jewelry, etc. 

So, what are the WE doing for Easter this year to minimize the sugar coma?

First of all, our contribution to the neighborhood Easter Egg hunt:  (If you are my neighbor and don't know about the hunt... go here) Erica spent Saturday filling plastic eggs with these cute chicks (1.99 for 36 of them at Oriental Trading):

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And these little finger puppet bunnies (24 for 3.99. Also Oriental Trading)DSC_1711 DSC_1713 Secondly, in their baskets Easter morning, my kids are getting

  • Jenga
  • A football
  • A stuffed animal
  • Hair Bows (the link is to one I got for Erica)
  • Card games
  • rubber balls
  • blow up beach balls

But other things you could put in an Easter basket include:

  • dollar store stuffed animals (I'll never forget one Christmas when we got some awesome presents for Erica, and her FAVORITE gift was a dollar store bear we put in her stocking!  I could have saved a lot of money that year and got more bears! 
  • Crayons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • books
  • Sunglasses
  • jewelry
  • Kites
  • Jump ropes

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If you don't put things in the kids basket on Easter morning to wake up to, hiding plastic eggs with small things for the children is fun.  (for Older children who won't choke on small things of course)  Each child can have a designated color and put small things specific for that child.  For example.  TJ could have to find all the blue eggs. In the blue eggs I put things HE would like:

  • A Lego  (one in each egg)
  • a quarter
  • Bouncy balls
  • sticky hands
  • Those little parachute guys
  • mini stamps
  • Magnets
  • Porcupine balls
  • Stickers
  • Tatoo's
  • Erasers

erica easter This photo is Erica at 2.  In her basket was sunglasses, a hat, and some princess shoes!

 

 

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So, what non food items are going in your kids baskets Easter morning?

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Comments

03/30/2010 4:56am
i like to put something "outdoorsy" in their baskets--the pea is getting a balance board and some legos and cars; the princess is getting romperstompers, a moxie doll and some hairbands. i do put a few jellybeans and chocolates in there, too, though! my mil does an awesome easter egg hunt and there is very little chocolate in her eggs, too!
03/30/2010 5:05am
So nice that your kids are still little - enjoy the Easter Basket phase. Mine are teens, with one in college and for the past few years have moved away from it and tried to put more of the focus on the REAL meaning of Easter. That said, I did buy and tuck away a couple small bags of candy which I'll put out for the day. Even though it is not healthy, I have memories of my parents taking me to the store one day before Easter, as a teen, and buying me grapes because I was overweight, and my sister candy, because she wasn't. Would like to teach them that a little candy on occasion is OK, but not for every day. Kinda the 80/20 rule.
03/30/2010 5:07am
Great ideas! My kids always get books, toothbrushes!, travel size games, and a little candy.
03/30/2010 7:20am
Another cute idea I found was in FamilyFun Magazine. For their Easter egg hunt, they put puzzle pieces (25 ct puzzle) in Easter eggs. The kids then have to put the pieces together afterward allowing Mom and Dad some time to make breakfast. I'm assuming you could use a 100 or 300 ct one too and just add more puzzle pieces. I also posted some great no candy easter ideas by age group and store. Hope that helps! http://healthydealsnsteals.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/great-no-candy-easter-gifts-for-all-ages/
Anne
03/30/2010 7:25am
When my kids were little I stuffed plastic easter eggs with a few pieces of cereal like fruit loops (some even just had cheerios) that I didn't normally buy the kids - when they found their eggs, they would go ahead and open them and eat them, and by the end of the morning, they hadn't eaten much more sugar than they would have had in a bowl of sugary cereal and they were happy as clams. When they were older, I would do animal key chains, especially the light up/making sounds kind in a few of the eggs. Others would have money, legos, or candy that the kids had previously stuffed (I make them work, but they get to pick out what candy they want.)
Susan
03/30/2010 8:18am
Great ideas, Amy. You're right about non-candy in your Easter baskets. I must have been the meanest mom ever, but look at you now - doing the same thing! Maybe I was ahead of my time. I think hiding the baskets was the most fun for me, seeing if I could stump you looking for it.
heidi
03/30/2010 8:25am
I've done themed baskets in the past: Beach (beach towel, sunglasses, snorkel, flip flops), SandBox (buckets, shovels, shaping molds), Bakery (their own baking utensils, mixing bowls, spatulas, and a fun recipe, apron), Playdoh (self explanatory), Garden (plastic hoe, shovel, garden gloves, seeds to plant, etc). I do always put a little candy in though.
03/30/2010 9:09am
Each of my girls are getting a book, and one is getting sunglasses & the other is getting a tutu & matching hairclip. Eggs, and probably a Lil' Cutie. I might revise things a little, since there are some great ideas in these comments & the post! I love the idea of having them look for specific colored eggs. For the church party I filled the eggs with just money & was planning to do that with the the eggs that we do at home--but I like the cereal idea & know the girls would like that, and those little finger puppets are so cute that maybe I'll find a few things like that too.
03/30/2010 9:52am
I love that, no candy in the Easter basket idea. There are plenty of items that aren't candy. I really should be doing that instead of the jelly beans that I have. Lol! Next year for sure!
03/31/2010 7:07am
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Danielle Spangler
03/31/2010 10:34am
My kids don't get any easter "stuff" on Easter Sunday. We celebrate "Spring Day" on Saturday and that is when they get a basket and a few small "springy" gifts as others have suggested already! It leaves Easter free to only remember our Savior!
Melissa
03/31/2010 10:59am
I grew up getting tons of candy in my basket, so that's what I've done for my own kids. If I had not already bought everything, I would be trying to do candy-less. Next year! But they will each be getting a new book, a colroing book and own pack of crayons (some cool neon ones from Crayola--seasonal I think) and a stuffed animal.
03/31/2010 5:46pm
I love all of these ideas. Next year, I am going to make theme baskets - super cute idea! This year, I will definitely be putting cereal in the eggs I hide! I LOVE THAT IDEA! It's always so hard to prevent the kids from eating a bunch of junk and at least this way, they will get some good stuff! Great ideas all around!
Becky
03/31/2010 6:55pm
I have three daughters... I set the table for breakfast in a special way and then I put a small package on each of their plates. The package contains a piece of special jewelry that they can wear to church that morning. My mom did all kinds of fun stuff for us, but that was the one thing that really made that day special for me... so that is what I am carrying on!
04/01/2010 9:16am
I LOVE the idea of hiding tiny treats like finger puppets and wee toys in plastic eggs. I am anti-refined sugar for myself and our baby and plan to adopt some of these very ideas once our daughter is a little older. I blog about making nutritious and EASY baby food on my blog, and I do have an axe to grind about sugar consumption! http://citybaby.posterous.com/not-a-spoonful-of-sugar
04/01/2010 9:59am
My girls are getting one sucker in their basket this year, bubbles, Max Lucado book, true meaning of Easter coloring book, and a few other non candy items. I usually get them a chocolate cross (which I confiscate and eat) but I could not find them this year. I love the idea of Becky's-small package with jewelry. My girls are a little small for jewelry but I am going to do that next year. I really wanted to downplay Easter Bunny without being a stick in the mud.
02/18/2011 2:28pm
[...] eggs with small change. The kids will never know the difference!  More sugar-free Easter ideas here and [...]
Kelli
03/31/2011 1:46pm
I am doing movies, new helmet, shoes, seeds for our garden, bubbles, and anything to to with the outdoors.
01/22/2013 8:29am
Wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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