At Easter time, I try to focus on the spirit of the season – celebrating new life, resurrection and our Creator God’s divine love and healing power. So while we don’t emphasize the Easter Bunny, we still want to establish some fun traditions for our children, and an Easter egg hunt is definitely part of that!
Last year, when my son was an infant and my daughter was only 20 months, I didn’t plan much for Easter. Thankfully, we have wonderful relatives who organized a hunt, but I think my husband and I ate more of the chocolate than our daughter! This year, I’m trying my hand at my own egg hunt, with options that will work for both my little toddlers (I still have to get used to saying I have TWO toddlers, my goodness!)
So, after $20 spent at Dollarama plus some items I already had at home, this is what our Easter egg hunt is going to look like! It still has sugary snacks, but I’ve mixed in some healthier options that my kids still like plus some non-food items, so I feel like it’s a good balance.
I’m putting everything into those plastic Easter eggs (I washed them first) so it’s easier for my littles to spot, and they can have fun seeing what’s inside. (Maybe that will deter them from eating the candy too quickly. I can dream, right?)
- Stickers: Simple, easy, and lots of fun!
- Mashems: I am slowly collecting the Paw Patrol Mashems for my kids, since they have joined the hoards of children who love this silly little show. And they already come in an “egg!”
- Mini marshmallows: They are colourful, easy to chew and swallow, and yummy!
- Chewy Fruit Snacks: I know, just because they are “made with real fruit” they still have lots of sugar. But they are easy for little ones to chew, and it’s something I rarely give them. There are higher quality, less sugary (and more expensive) fruit chew options sold at health/natural food stores. But guys, I was at Dollarama.
- Kiwi Fruit: My children love fruit and we rarely buy kiwis, and they are kind of egg shaped already, so why not? I found they fit into the larger size eggs I have. Or just colour a smiley face on them! Other fun fruit ideas would be mandarin oranges, grapes or lychee fruit (but beware the pits in lychee).
- Baby Tomatoes: I’ll still cut these in half lengthwise before letting them eat them, but it’s something my kids enjoy so why not sneak a vegetable in there?
- Thrive Life Freeze Dried Blueberries: I love these things. They are toddler crack. They have no added sugar yet taste like candy, plus are pesticide free and non-GMO! You can find out more about Thrive Life food here. Alternatively, use fresh or dried blueberries.
- And yes, some Lindt Chocolate: Thanks to Superstore’s “purchase a wack load of groceries and get something free” deal, we got free Lindt chocolate. So I guess I should give some of it to my kids. And it came with two little chocolate bunnies which are the perfect size for them! Besides, I’d much rather give them a smaller amount of good quality chocolate than a large amount of cheap stuff that’s only like 10% real chocolate. And for those chocolate eggs that might be a choking hazard? Well I like to use the “A bite for me and then a bite for you” method – purely for my children’s safety of course!
I’m also going to use the rest of the Lindt Easter eggs in The Pioneer Woman’s Krispy Easter Eggs recipe. And I bought sprinkles so my toddlers can have a fun time “decorating” the finished product (aka making a giant mess that will involve me finding sprinkles in all cracks and corners for days after).
What do you give your toddler at Easter time?
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
~ 1 Peter 1:3