Normally I go out and browse stores to find little tchotchkes to stick in the kids’ Easter eggs, but this year that’s obviously not in the cards, so I browsed around Amazon and found some cute non-candy items, and thought I’d share in case anyone is in a similar position! I can’t officially vouch for any of these items yet because I JUST ordered them but hopefully they’ll work out.
- Lego minifigures. You can get them secondhand on ebay for fairly cheap and pick the exact ones your kids like (as opposed to taking your chances with the blind packaging).
- ZIPIT Mini Pouches – You can find these on Amazon, ebay, and on the ZIPIT website. A lot of them are sold out currently (??) but I managed to snag a couple.
- Mini-koosh balls
- Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty Mini Tins – the new Silly Putty.
- Finger traps
- Plastic “gems”
- Stretchy strings
- Bouncy balls (a perennial favorite)
- Stretchy reptiles
Two VERY IMPORTANT notes. First, many of these items come in bulk, so if you have fewer than 12 kids, maybe go in on some of them with neighbors and friends. And second, you’re going to have to hop to it if you want these in time for Easter – Amazon is prioritizing shipments to get necessities out first.
Have other great egg filler ideas? Please share!