Sitting on top of my fridge is a large plastic container – the kind you buy bulk pretzels in, although the pretzels are long gone. It is now our “candy bucket”.
Every year the night before Halloween the container is emptied out of the previous years candy then, after the kids have finished trick or treating and are tucked away in bed, their Halloween bags are dumped, the hard candies are tossed out and the rest is added to the “candy bucket”.
Throughout the year candy from birthday parties and Valentine’s Day will fill in any remaining space in the container. Occasionally the kids will have a piece as a special treat, but once all of the M&Ms and Twix are gone the container is mostly forgotten. Until Easter.
Easter, with it’s assortment of colorful candies and bunny shaped chocolates, Easter is when I begin glaring at the already excessive amount of candy going stale on top of the refrigerator.
Over the years I’ve been slowly replacing the candy in their Easter Baskets with bubbles and chalk and this year I wanted to take it even further by upping the fun factor and reducing the sweet treats.
This year I was determined to come up with candy free Easter Basket ideas that were fun and maybe a tiny bit educational too!
So here are 22 candy free Easter Basket ideas I’ve come up with to fill their baskets with fun without all the sugar!
Instead of filling plastic eggs with candy we fill them with these miniature animals!
Print some fun coupons for family activities and special treats and use them to stuff plastic eggs! You can grab my FREE PRINTABLE EASTER COUPONS here!
Turn small gel cubes into beautiful crystals with this kit.
Use the included bird feeder to attract birds, then read about them in this book!
From zoo animals to alphabets, these sets are great for young kids!
These giant easel size pads will wow kids!
These classic toys are great basket stuffers for toddlers and preschoolers!
Grow a beautiful crystal hedgehog and combine science with fun room decor!
Kids explore kitchen science in this book, perfect for the science lover and future foodie.
10. Rocket Balloons
Launch these balloons and see who’s flies highest!
My son is always asking me to make paper airplanes, and I’m always telling him I have no idea how to, so this kit will be educational for both of us!
Fuzzy little “pets” that magically jump and crawl (hint: there’s some fishing line involved).
For the Minecraft obsessed, get their heads out of the screen and into a book with a Minecraft themed novel!
14. Crystal Rocks
My kids love crystal science, and these kits are small enough to make the perfect basket stuffers.
16. Art Supplies
Easter is the perfect time for us to restock our art bin and stock up on fun supplies to keep the kids busy over spring break!
I did a review of these around Christmastime and we all loved them. We’ll be buying refill arrows for Easter, but if you don’t already own one – they are perfect for using outside as the weather gets nicer!
We include these every year and the kids never get tired of them, plus the egg shape makes them perfect to stick in a basket!
19. Blind Boxes
Blind boxes and bags are so much fun to open, and there’s one for every interest!
Little ones become an archaeologist as they unearth Dinosaur fossils.
Create fun scenes over and over.
Grow a magical tree in under 24 hours!
Fill their baskets with some new Easter themed books.
22. A Toothbrush!
Since candy may be inevitable, even if it’s only coming from family and friends, take this opportunity to give the kids a fun new electric toothbrush to get them excited about cleaning their teeth!
I love the challenge of finding small and inexpensive surprises to fill up the baskets, and each year I find myself resorting to less and less candy! How great is that!? What fun surprises will the Easter Bunny be leaving for your little ones?