If you have a child with celiac disease or food allergies/intolerances, you understand how stressful holiday preparations can be. I have a son with celiac, and I have spent more time than I can count researching his edible options. (Thankfully, allergy-conscious companies like Enjoy Life Foods and YumEarth have been saving graces there.)
A holiday or two after my son’s diagnosis I realized something. Our kiddos spend more time than they should in their little lives worrying about being glutened or sparking a potentially-deadly allergic reaction, so why should holiday festivities be all about the food? Yes, I buy SOME candy for my sons’ Easter baskets, but I mostly fill our Easter eggs and baskets with non-edibles.
Here’s my list of non-food, kid-approved Easter egg fillers/basket goodies.
- Sidewalk chalk
- Crayons or other art supplies
- Embellished or holographic bookmarks
- Jacks and ball set
- Aaron’s Thinking Putty
- Water guns
- Foam or balsa wood glider airplanes
- Fingerlings (toys, not potatoes)
- Rubik’s Cubes
- Harmonicas or kazoos
- Baseball cards, Pokemon cards, etc.
- Velcro character wallet
- Lip gloss or kiddie cosmetics
- Card games (Old Maid, Fish, Uno….)
- Silly Putty (perfectly egg-shaped!)
- Fun erasers
- Bouncy balls
- Fidget cubes or similar items
- Hacky sacks
- Hatchimals, LOL Dolls, or other surprise egg toys
- Dollar or 50-cent coins
- Play jewelry or watches
- Temporary tatoos
- Printed Bible verses
I hope you find these suggestions useful, and may you have a safe and joyful Easter!