Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gluten and Dairy Free Easter Egg Hunt & a Great Dollar Store Find

Easter Egg Hunt Alternative to Chocolate/Candy Eggs

This year,  my son is old enough to start the Easter Egg Hunt tradition.  Being gluten and dairy free poses somewhat of a dilemma.  My husband and I considered substituting alternatives on the hunt, such as jelly beans, but somehow it didn't have quite the same ring to it.  Instead, I took a cue from my son's daycare.  I'm going to purchase those fill-able plastic eggs in several colours and fill them with items like Easter stickers, crayons, and perhaps a few fruit-juice gummies.   Since he's only two, a few eggs will be more than enough to keep him happy.

The Golden Egg Idea
For older children, I saw the cutest idea at Walmart.  It's a large golden egg that opens up and it comes with a set of clue cards.  Instead of searching for a bunch of chocolate eggs, the child searches for clues that lead to the one large egg that presumably contains a larger, more significant gift.  Certainly a marketing ploy, but it could certainly be recreated without purchasing the pre-packaged kit.  A homemade egg or a large Easter Basket could be substituted and homemade clues could make the hunt even more personal.  Definitely something for me to keep in mind for future years!

Candy Free Gifts

I purchased identical gifts for my son and my niece: A colourful basket filled with bright sunglasses, a large bubble wand, sparkly stickers, and a bunch of springy eggs that jump off the ground and are supposed to be caught in a small basket.  All for under $10 per gift.  If I were more creative I would have made them gifts, but...well...you know.  I'll take some photos on Sunday.

As for the dollar store find, my sister brought me one of these:


It's an egg holder with a selection of water paints for painting eggs.  Please don't judge me for the brown egg, I know it's not the best for showing off the colours but really, my son is two and doesn't know the difference.  He was more excited to put the stickers on the egg than he was to paint.  The colours themselves are a little transparent on the egg, but the holder is genius. 

The lever on the left pulls back and then clamps down on the egg to keep it in place.  Really simple to use, and the egg can be rotated manually to paint on each side.  It also allows for a uniform drying process, especially if used by older kids who create masterpieces.  All for around $1.  Not too shabby.  And obviously, it doesn't have to be confined to eggs.  I foresee Christmas ornaments spending a little time in there come December....

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