Video: Candy-Free Easter Ideas (that are still fun!)

Yes, I know…. Easter is only one day a year so “let kids be kids!” Well, guess what? I think kids can still be kids with sidewalk chalk and new games and bubbles and water balloons and craft supplies and even their very own gardening tools! There are way too many holidays and “special” occasions centered around junk food these days (which, frankly, isn’t so great for our kids’ health). So how about shifting the focus when you’re the one in control?

Here are some fun candy-free Easter ideas that your kid will love plus what we do for our own kids on Easter morning every year – in both news clip and text form (just below).
FYI – There is an Easter Bunny spoiler alert in the video so don’t watch it with your kids!


12 Candy-Free Easter Basket Themes:

I love to give items that I would probably buy them anyway!Summer Themed Easter Basket from 100 Days of #RealFood

  1. Summer (in a sand bucket)
    • Bathing suit
    • Flip flops
    • Goggles
    • Diving sticks
    • Sidewalk chalk
    • Water balloons
    • Thermos bottle
  2. Gardening
    • Watering can
    • Shovel and other gardening tools
    • Gloves
    • Pots
    • Seed packets
    • Gardening shoes
    • Bug catcher
  3. Trip or overnight camp
    • Journal
    • Fun pen
    • Stationary
    • Books (or a Kindle if you really want to get fancy!)
    • Reading light
    • Sunglasses
    • Deck of cards or other small game
    • Travel bagTravel or Overnight Camp Easter Basket from 100 Days of #RealFood
  4. Arts and craft supplies
    • Paint brushes
    • Colored pencils or markers
    • Coloring books or paper
    • Patterned duct tape
    • Yarn or crochet set
    • Play Doh
  5. Sports or outdoor toys
    • Frisbee
    • Jump Rope
    • Kite
    • Soccer (or other sport) ball
  6. Educational
    • New books
    • Games
    • Flash cards
    • Puzzles
    • Workbooks
  7. Baking and kitchen tools (of their own!)
  8. Lego set(s)
  9. Dress-up clothes (or superhero costumes and accessories)
  10. New school lunch supplies (why not?)
  11. American Girl (or other doll) accessories
  12. Rainbow Loom set

Some SMALL ideas to put inside plastic Easter eggs:

  • Clues on paper (to make a scavenger hunt with their Easter basket surprise at the end)
  • Coins
  • Silly bands or rainbow loom bands
  • Earrings or other small jewelry
  • Legos
  • Puzzle pieces (try jumbo eggs for this one)

Now, if you still have your heart set on giving your child food this Easter…

Some “better for you” food ideas to consider:

What are your candy-free ideas for Easter? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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  • Comments

    1. |

      This year, for the first time, our boys will be having a candy-free Easter. Thank you for your suggestions for alternatives to traditional sweets and treats. We have documented a number of our ideas / suggestions on our blog at http://www.healthykideats.com. We love your website – you have encouraged us to document our journey through blogging.

    2. Carrie k. |

      Be aware “Unreal Candy” uses blue agave as a sweetener.

    3. April |

      There are cute Peter Rabbit Organic fruit purées that my kids received in their baskets! They love the sweet potato/corn/apple ones! And they even have a cute bunny on the label! Plus we put loose change in some Easter eggs plus art supplies and books!

    4. yesenia |

      By the way was so excited, I didn’t buy one candy for Easter. The kids still loved it. Instead I did the summer theme and got them some puzzles those metal links that you’re supposed to take a part. I put money in the eggs, water balloons, stickers, and also some coupons I made; like skip a chore, oh ok I did do 1 sugar splurge and that was a Virgil’s root beer coupon but they do use real sugar. Thanks for your ideas!

    5. Sarah |

      I am doing Legos, but instead of the little guys, I’m going to color-code the eggs for each of my two boys, and take apart a different set. When they get all of their eggs, they can make the complete set. Also, special polished stones/crystals.

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