Need Easter egg filler ideas for toddlers? Infants? Older Kids? Look no further! Most of these times can also be found in your local Dollar stores and this list includes no candy!
What to Use Easter Eggs for?
When I was a child we always had big family get-togethers on easter. I had 6 younger cousins and a big ol’ backyard for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. I vaguely remember we used to hide the real eggs that we had colored but I imagine we switched to plastic once they became a readily available item and after a few too many times of leaving lost eggs to rot in the yard.
With my own children, we still do an Easter egg hunt but we use Resurrection Eggs and we sit down and read through the story and go over each item once we are done with the hunt. They are a great way to include easter ideas with a scripture basis for a variety of different age group
We do Easter baskets from mom and dad, not the Easter Bunny (because I find him extremely creepy) and I do put a few larger eggs in each basket with a few fun things inside.
Most of the items in our Easter baskets are specially picked out, I love shopping at small handmade shops or adding new items to our existing toy collection, like new magnetic tiles for example. We have minimal toys in our home so we don’t go crazy on junk gifts at easter!
Last year we included books, hand-painted wooden figures, and playsilks instead of easter grass.
Types of Eggs
The type of eggs you buy greatly influences the size of the item you can put inside. If you go for the basic, little plastic eggs you are only going to fit tiny little items inside. This is fine for older kids but really not much can be that tiny and not pose a choking hazard for toddlers and infants.
Most places carry larger eggs these days and sometimes if you are really looking hard you can find some really gigantic ones. These are great for fitting those bigger items.
While shopping at Dollar Tree a few weeks ago I found some really cute “eggs” in the shape of carrots. Once I got them home I realized they were such a weird shape they weren’t going to be good for much of anything except looking adorable. Keep interior size and shape in mind when you buy unconventional eggs.
Where to Buy Easter Egg Fillers
I have recently discovered a love of Dollar Store, and I’ve discovered that not all stores carry the same items. I mostly go for crafty items for the kids, as well as school supplies and items I can use in sensory play.
Dollar Tree usually has a pretty good seasonal collection some of it being crap of course but some of it being really cute and usable.
I’m sure the other “dollar stores” like Dollar General and Dollar Store and Five Below have some great options too.
My mom makes gift bags for the oncology unit at our local children’s hospital every christmas and with 28 bags f\or kids of all ages its always tricky to figure out what to put inside them. Oriental Trading is a catalog company where you buy items in bulk quantities.
If you order enough in advance there are great options for Easter eggs stuffers. It is also a great option if you have a larger group of eggs that you are responsible for, a big family or a church group or something.
My go-to is always amazon. Simple, easy and convenient and I don’t have to leave my house! What’s not to love?
Hobby Lobby – While I do like Joanns and Michaels I really just LOVE Hobby Lobby. They always have a great seasonal selection of items and have a wonderful craft section to dig around in.
I really am trying to quit Target but they always get me with the “dollar section”. There are always great little trinkets in this section and items to fill Easter eggs is no exception!
Easter Egg filler ideas for little children
Easter Egg stuffers for Infants
- Paci – My favorites are BIBS. It’s natural latex and comes in lots of fun colors. Doddle & Co Pop Paci is also pretty cool but they were still working some kinks out in their designs the last time I tried them.
- Paci Clip – With my 1st and 2nd babies I used paci clips
- Goosie – With baby number 3 I completely fell in love with these fabric pacifier loveys
Easter Egg Fillers for Toddlers & Preschoolers age groups
- Little people – Always a classic! Even my older kids still play with the sets at their grandparent’s house.
- Finger Puppets – You can also make these yourself. Just print out a figure of whatever your kids are into and make a little loop to attach it to their finger!
- mini flashlight
- Headlamp – My father-in-law gifted these to my girls because they have always loved playing with his flashlights. They are obsessed!
- mini bubbles
- Stamps with the stamp pads attached – like these
- Mini Ink Pads – Ink pads made for kids are washable, ink pads made for crafts usually are not!
- Play Silks – Sarah’s silks are my favorite! Once we started buying these we were able to get rid of so many other play items! Our collection of princess dresses is gone and my kids can pretend play whoever and whatever they want since play silks are an open-ended toy. They also work wonderfully as a substitute for easter grass as the base in your easter basket.
- Foam bath letters
- Alphabet magnets
- Rubber duckies – Or similar animals. Pro tip: if you want to use them in the tub without getting water stuck up inside to mold, just add a dot of hot glue to the air hole in the bottom.
- Specialty crayons – Letter shapes for their names, little finger crayons like these or cars.
- Mini beanie babies – a little bunny or little chick would be perfect for keeping in the easter theme
Easter Egg Fillers for Little Kids
- Bouncy Balls
- Figurines – My Dollar Tree actually has some of most toddler’s favorite characters out right now. Mickey and friends, Toy Story and Trolls.
- Temporary Tattoos
- Slime – Directions to make your own Here
- silly putty
- small toys
- Play Dough – Homemade is my favorite. Here is a great recipe book on various dough, slimes, and more at d quick class on Skillshare to learn how to make your own!
- Nail Polish – I used to think I could only use specific kids’ finger paints in order to be “safe” for my kids, but the truth is most commercial brands are free of the told 10 nasties too.
- Nail stickers
Easter Egg Fillers for Little Boys (These can obviously be used for girls too)
- Matchbox cars or hot wheels
- Construction toys
- Plastic Bugs – Hobby Lobby has a section of plastic figurine collections in their stores. I use these for sensory bins all the time. They come in a little tube and are in categories like bugs, ocean creatures, arctic creatures etc.
Easter Egg Fillers or Older Kids or big kids
- Puzzle Books -These would have to go in larger eggs obviously
- Memory Cards
- Uno Cards
- Go Fish
- Old Maid
- Rubix Cube
- Brain Quest Cards – I loved these as a kid! I remember doing road tips and my mom asking me questions for hours
- Pencil Grips – I’ve recently re-discovered these after a Dollar Store trip but they help my kids handwriting SO MUCH, and the kids love them because I got animal shapes
- pencil sharpeners – My older kids think these are the best things ever
- Laser Pointer – For much older kids who aren’t going to shine these in your eyes!
- Money – Was always my favorite to find in eggs as a kid, even pennies!
- Seeds – Flowers or vegetables would be fun! Seeds are a gift that keeps on giving
- Legos – Sometimes the Target Dollar spot will have little packages of just individual figures. Dollar Store usually has very small little boxes in just one color.
- Marbles – Again, for much older kids who aren’t going to leave these lying around for people to trip on.
- Hacky Sack – Love items that keep kids active, moving, and burning off energy without them realizing it!
- Gift cards – like Amazon, Target, or somewhere they can buy something for themselves
- Subscription Certificates or gift certificates – Check out my list of favorite subscription gifts for kids for ideas.