Truth be told, I’m always scouting for small toys and accessories that would make great age-appropriate stocking stuffers at Christmas, Easter egg stuffers and road trip supplies. I store them in a box in the basement until the right time comes. I buy these throughout the year to take advantage of sales (especially liquidations) and impromptu visits to our local dollar store that odly enough, yields some pretty cool and unexpected finds.
When scouting for small toys or if you want to give a few different ones, the idea is to think outside the “packaging” so-to-speak: You don’t have to use every piece of the puzzle (unless it’s part of the Easter Egg hunt game), or all the beads, or all the glow-in-the-dark stars… Open the packaging and just put a couple of the pieces in the eggs. Once the hunt is over, bring out the rest of the packages. We keep all tiny toys in a small cardboard suitcases that the girls love carrying around.
Here’s a collection of items my eldest daughter (now 3) received last year (and still plays with) and some new ones she will find in her Easter eggs this year*.
- Coloured hair elastics – From the dollar store
- Peppa Pig characters – From eBay and Amazon (In Canada, Peppa Pig sets aren’t sold at Toys R Us but you can find them in the US)
- Easter version of the Barrel of Monkeys game but with bunnies – From the dollar store
- Plus-Plus connecting pieces to make 3D & 2D objects – Modern Karibou (purchased during a sale) but also on Amazon
- Holztiger wooden bunny – From Ava’s Appletree in Toronto (I got a few from this shop because they had the best online selection in Canada)
- Piggy Paint 3D nail art – purchased on Well.ca on sale after Christmas but I have also seen them on Amazon
- Glitter for crafts – Michael’s or dollar store
- Lottie Doll outfit – These are a fav in our house. Purchased a couple of outfits in a toy store closeout sale but I have also seen them on Amazon
- Fairytale Finger tattoos – purchased during a closeout sale of a local toy store but also saw them on Amazon
- Vintage Strawberry Shortcake figurines – From my own collection – my mom had the forethought to stash many of our cool toys – but I have seen many on Etsy
- My daughter has a couple of finger puppet sets – We love this Etsy shop Stay Awake and Play I think they make the best and cutest felt finger puppets
- Bracelet and necklace set (on an elastic) – purchased during a closeout sale of a local toy store but have seen them in many toys shops near the cash
- Zipper charms – From Gap kids (saw them at the cash)
- Bubble Guppies Puzzle – From dollar store but any you think your child will like, which has pieces small enough to fit into eggs will be perfect
- Play-Doh – dollar store
- Little felt doll – handmade by moi
- EOS lip balm – From any drug store. My daughter *loves* lip balms but the shape of these ones are, I find, the best for her little hands. She can open and close it herself easily
- Kiss Naturals lip balm making kit – I’ve been waiting until my daughter was old enough to give her this set. I know she will love making these and gifting her friends with her creations
- Charlie and Lola peg people – My daughter *loves* Chartlie and Lola but finding merchandise on this side of the ocean is futile. I turned to Etsy and found Tiny Clementine who makes these adorable miniatures
- Schleich figurines – I’m a huge believer in teaching my girls what animals really look like, instead of the cute cartoon-look other figurines take on. These are a bit of an investment, yes, but I have also found tons of used ones online (Kijiji for us in Canada or eBay). I trust Schleich because they have been around for decades and I’m not worried when my little one puts the figurines in her mouth either.
- Djeco wooden patisserie set – purchased during a closeout sale of a local toy store but saw them on Amazon too
- Wind-up hopping bunny – Have seen them in many toy stores near the cash area
- Wooden beads – from Michael’s – Came in a bucket!
- Felt sea creatures for magnet fishing game – handmade by moi
- Mini Slinky – From the dollar store
- Wind-up flipping lady bug – Have seen them in many toy stores near the cash area
- Glow in the dark stars – My eldest already has a “gallaxy” spiralling above her bed. These ones will be for my youngest. Got them at Michael’s. What I love is that during the day they recharge with daylight and as the night progresses, they glow less and less so it’s not a distraction for Zzzzzs
So there you have it. What are some chocolate and candy-less options you are including in your kids’ Easter eggs?
* This post contains some affiliate links to Amazon and Well.ca.