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Hippity hoppity… the Easter bunny is on his way! Does your child look forward to getting a visit from the Easter bunny, but you secretly cringe at the sweet treats he is known to leave behind? Give the Easter bunny a helping hand this year and leave some crafty non-candy Easter egg fillers for him to hide.
Since my kids receive so many sweet treats outside the home, the Easter bunny likes to leave non-candy gifts at our house like these plastic eggs filled with small craft supplies that they can use to create a one-of-a-kind art project or add to their collection of materials.
Some of the things you can use to fill the plastic eggs with are stamps, stickers, confetti, beads, buttons, sewing supplies, loom bands, hole punches, rhinestones, glitter, chipboard letters, ribbons, googley eyes, scrapbooking embellishments and so much more. The possibilities are endless…just use your imagination. Browse your dollar store or rummage through your own supplies for ideas. You will be amazed at what you can find to put inside!
You will need some colored plastic Easter eggs to get started. I like to use a combination of small and large eggs.
4 Crafty Ideas For Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers
1. Beads & Jewelry Supplies
Does your child like to bead or make jewelry? Fill the eggs with an assortment of jewelry supplies like beads, jewelry findings and string for kids to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Beading is a great activity for kids of all ages.
For younger children, include an assortment of big, chunky beads and thick cord that is easy for little hands to hold. Tweens and teens in particular love making their own, one-of-a-kind homemade jewelry. Include some jewelry findings like earring hooks, jump rings, bails, jewelry wire, eye pins and head pins in their Easter egg surprises. If your child likes to make friendship bracelets, you can include a few different colors of embroidery thread.
2. Loom Bands
If your child does not already own a rubber band loom, perhaps the Easter bunny will leave one in their Easter basket for them. Fill up some plastic eggs with a new pack of loom bands and a couple of cute charms.
From preschoolers to teens, kids are going crazy for the super fun and addicting activity of making colorful bracelets on a plastic loom. Kids can make creations ranging from super easy to advanced. With the hundreds of free how-to videos and tutorials available on the internet, it is a very easy crafting activity to learn and follow along. They also have lots of great books available on the market just for Rainbow Loom fans.
3. Sewing Supplies
Sewing is a fun activity for kids to learn. Fill the eggs with large sewing needles, yarn or thread, rolled up material, mini scissors and buttons for kids of all ages to practice simple sewing techniques.
Cut out some Easter egg shapes from foam and punch small holes around the edge. Toddlers and preschoolers can practice threading a needle and yarn through the holes. Buttons are fun for kids to practice their sewing skills on too! Older children might enjoy getting creative with some fat quarters and make a simple Easter egg shaped pillow.
4. Crafty Bits & Pieces
Fill the eggs with a variety of small crafty odds ‘n’ ends. Use your imagination and get creative! There are literally hundreds of crafty bits and pieces that you can put inside these eggs.
Toddlers and younger children might enjoy stamps, pom poms, googley eyes, sequins, confetti, glitter glue, stickers and foam shapes, whereas tweens and teens might like things such as shape punches, washi tape, embellishments, rhinestones and embroidery thread.
A Few Ways To Have Fun With These Crafty Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers
- Create an Easter themed busy bag for toddlers by filling the plastic eggs with one complete mini craft activity per egg. When you are out at a restaurant or are in need of a 15 minute quiet activity to keep your child busy beside you if you need to get something done, let them choose an egg from the basket to open and make by themselves. Keep them simple so they can complete the activity with minimal assistance from you.
- Fill the eggs with an assortment of craft supplies and send the kids on an Easter egg hunt. Have them empty the bits and pieces onto a tray and give them some coloring markers, glue and Easter egg coloring pages that they can decorate with their crafty findings.
- Plan a crafty Easter scavenger hunt. Hide all the craft supplies and materials needed to complete an Easter craft project around the house or yard. Create some clues and put them inside the plastic eggs. Every clue leads to a craft supply and another Easter egg clue. Once they have found all the pieces, they can build the project. This works great for crafts using larger supplies that don’t fit inside the eggs.
Did you enjoy these ideas? What suggestions for non-candy Easter egg fillers do you have?