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There are several ways to celebrate the holiday weekend with fun, festive foods that aren't artificially colored or coated in sugar.
While I am not against Easter Egg Fillers or Easter Baskets that do include some sugar-sweetened options or a chocolate bunny (for some reasons similar to those addressed here), I know that there will be plenty of opportunities for our kids to hunt for candy and enjoy sweets and treats beyond the eggs we put out and baskets we fill.
That’s why in this week’s post, I want to encourage you to think outside the Cadbury egg for some fun, safe, low-sugar-added Easter Egg Fillers for Toddlers. From experience, I know families can have fun filling Easter eggs with enjoyable, age-appropriate finger foods instead of items like jelly beans and other hard candies that young kids could choke on. This will make you feel more at ease about their health and safety, while benefiting them in the big picture from a holiday that is about more than just sugar. We can foster an appetite for less sugar and yet keep all eyes on eggs that are still worth hunting for!
Here are My Top 20 Healthy Easter Egg Fillers for Toddlers and Preschoolers
All of these are easy ideas, appropriate for most ages! Help your kids get into the fun of Easter without all the unnecessary sugar and useless junk. Pick items you actually WANT your kids to own or eat, and you'll enjoy a weekend with endless Easter egg hunts all the more.
10 Candy-Free Easter Egg Filler Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
1. MySuperFoods Hero Cookies or Granola Bites
4. Cheerios, Puffins, or other favorite whole grain cereals
5. Animal crackers
6. Mini boxes of raisins
7. Fruit snacks like Chum Fruit Bites
9. Freeze dried fruit like Crispy Green
Keep everyone “hoppy” with this in mind
If hiding these outside in areas with more moisture, some items may not stand up to the elements as well as your traditional wrapped candy (like crackers, cereal, and freeze-dried fruit). Consider hiding immediately before the hunt, doing indoor Easter egg hunts, or using small boxes of raisins or items like mini Lara bars for less perishable alternatives.
10 Fun (non-food) Easter Egg Filler Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Small bubble containers
Written out Bible verses or jokes
Small Safari-like Toob figures
Favorite character bandaids
Coupons (as seen here)
Mini Nail Polishes
Looking for even more fun?
Be the first of your neighbors to “Egg” another family. I shared when we did this idea last year as well, but we love this printable from the Littles & Me for a fun, faith-based egging activity with kids. Check out the post for more details on how to do this plus a free printable you can use once you have filled the eggs with many/any of the above candy-free Easter egg fillers!