54 Brilliant Easter Egg Stuffers That Aren't Just Junk : Rediscovered Families

54 Brilliant Easter Egg Stuffers That Aren’t Just Junk

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Looking for Easter egg stuffers that aren’t cheap plastic novelties? You’re in luck! We have put together a list of fun ideas to make your eggs a real hit with your kids. This list is full of awesome fillers to stuff those eggs with gifts that won’t end up in the garbage can. So, skip the plastic junk this year and give your kids something they will actually enjoy! Let’s get started on filling those eggs!

excited child holding plastic eggs

Easter Egg Stuffers That Aren’t Junk

Easter is coming up fast, and if your kids are anything like mine, they really look forward to the Easter egg hunt. I loved that it was a tradition we did together, and my kids always had so much fun hunting for eggs. But, I didn’t want to fill the eggs with cheap plastic novelties that got tossed aside. So, I worked hard to find things that would excite my boys.

I’ve put together this list of fun Easter egg stuffers that are guaranteed to be a hit with your kids. It is not always to find things that fit inside a plastic egg and give good play value, but I learned a few tricks through the years. I slowly figured out which Easter egg fillers would work and which were flops. This year I am sharing the inside scoop with you.

smiling child holds three plastic easter eggs

What Can I Put in Easter Eggs Instead of Candy?

Here are our top picks.

One caveat before we begin. These suggestions are for children aged 6-8. Some of the recommendations would work well for older kids, but I wouldn’t go any younger because of choking hazards. Many of these ideas will fit in smaller plastic Easter eggs, but some will require larger-sized ones. Browse the whole list or use the links below to jump to the section that interests you.

Larger Toys To Break Up Into Easter Egg Fillers

The most significant discovery I made was that I could often break up a larger toy into smaller pieces and distribute them amongst my eggs. My kids would have the thrill of the hunt and, in the end, would have a decent toy to play with. Not every toy works for this, and you have to watch the sizes. But here are some toys that work well.


You can choose a puzzle that will suit your child’s age group. Puzzles are an obvious choice as the puzzle pieces fit nicely in the egg. Most kids love them. Here is a cute Easter puzzle, but there are many others to choose from. Here’s an excellent selection for kids aged 6-8.


Lego is also a good choice, but you do have to watch the size of the largest pieces. Here are some great options.

Parent Tip: If you divide the pieces of a puzzle or Lego between eggs, you want to make sure they are all found. Use a sharpie to put small numbers on the side of the egg, so you can check. Make notes (take photos) of the hiding spots in case you need to go looking for the last missing piece.


Kids love Playmobile. I think it is the appeal of tiny worlds and all the accessories you get. Here are some smaller sets that would fill several eggs and delight your child.

A Few More

Here are four more ideas that would work nicely for filling multiple eggs.

  • Backyard planting kit (put the seed packages in the eggs and keep the planter to one side.
  • Hot Wheel Cars, all of these cars, should fit in a separate egg.
  • Tenzi dice put the storage container aside, and bring it out after the hunt.
  • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Rocks & Fossils Kit most kids love rocks and fossils, and you get enough in this kit to fill many eggs. Some of the boxes even contain prehistoric shark’s teeth! Some specimens may be too large, but most should fit fine.
Little boy hands a plastic egg to his sister. They are holding an Easter baskets.

Craft Materials that Make Good Easter Egg Stuffers

Most kids love anything crafty, and you can put a lot of different materials in an egg. They do make great Easter egg fillers. Here are some of the best ideas I found. Some of these larger kits can also be broken up to fill multiple eggs.

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Easter Egg Fillers To Wear

I want to make it clear. These wearable items are cool and fun to wear. Yes, you can put socks in an Easter egg, but I’m not sure it will excite your kids. What do you think? Here’s my list.

My boys would have loved the survival bracelet!

There are a wide selection of temporary tattoos and backpack pins available if you prefer another design.

Easter Egg Stuffers That Are Fun

Here are some ideas that are just plain fun! It includes silly putty, which kids always love, and a couple of other things that will make your kids laugh.

Personally, I think the Bunny Snot putty is hilarious!

Some Easter Egg Fillers For Doll Lovers

There is something about little dolls that appeals to kids. Perhaps it is because most children enjoy creating small words. Tiny dolls are the perfect friends to take along to these imaginary places. Here are some lovely sets that will provide hours of play value.

And Few Stuffers for Rock Collectors

Do you kids love rocks, gems, and fossils? They will love adding these beauties to their collection.


Most kids enjoy having their own cash to spend, and it is a great way to use up all those coins that accumulate and weigh us down. You can put quite a few quarters and dimes into an Easter egg. Your younger kids will think they found buried treasure! As kids get older, they will probably appreciate some paper money more.

plastic egg with paper money inside

Need something inexpensive to pop in your kid’s Easter basket. Download our free Easter activity book.

Cheap Easter Egg Stuffer Ideas (Some Are Free)

Let’s face it, filling Easter eggs can get pretty pricey, especially if you have more than one kid. Even if you only spend a few dollars an egg, you are still looking at a chunk of change. We had three boys and ended up with about thirty eggs. It started to get quite expensive. Here are some of the things I did.

box with plastic easter eggs and bunny ear headband

Shop the House

I’m a massive fan of “shopping the house.” It basically means looking through the stuff you already have and repurposing it for Easter egg stuffers. Dig through your craft supplies and forgotten toys to see what you can find.

Here are some ideas

  • Cut up sheets of unused stickers or temporary tattoos.
  • Small plush toys, cars, or action figures that have been forgotten
  • Novelty items not played with in ages

Craft supplies and toys can be gathered to make little craft and play kits. Some small resealable bags could be handy for this. Here are a few ideas

  • Pom poms, google eyes, pipe cleaners, and heart-shaped stickers can make a love bug kit.
  • Gather up some magnetic objects from the house, such as paper clips, washers, screws, and add a stack of button magnets
  • Small cardstock squares, stickers, glue dots, buttons, crayons, a roll of washi tape
  • Take a look at these magnetic travel Lego tins. Couldn’t you do the same thing with Easter eggs and Lego you already own?
  • Pony beads and beading thread are all you need for a whole raft of pony bead projects. Wouldn’t they make great craft kits?

Check out the Thrift Store

Thrift stores can be a treasure trove for small bits and pieces. Look for puzzles, craft supplies, strings of beads that can be taken apart, miniature games, and so on. You can also find little stuffed animals, which would make great Easter egg fillers.

Share the Cost

Some of the suggestions can be used to fill multiple eggs. Fro example, the crafts kits have enough pieces to fill 6-24 eggs. You could approach other parents to see if they would like to split the cost of 3-4 of these kits with you. That would give you a nice variety of things at a lower price.

Make coupons

Another free idea is to make your own coupons that offer special privileges or fun experiences. Kids will love getting a coupon for a day without any chores, a movie night, or one that entitles them to a batch of their favorite cookies.

picture of Easter coupons ready to be cut up and used as Easter egg stuffers

To make things easy for you, I have created some FREE editable Easter coupons you can use and personalize. Download, edit, print, and pop them in the Easter eggs. There are also some front covers if you prefer to make coupon books to pop in a basket.

How Many Easter Eggs Do You Hide?

There really is no set rule as many or as few as you wish. I would use a combination of plastic and candy eggs and probably include about 10-15 per child. However, if you want to go for fewer eggs, you can certainly do so. If you have multiple children, you may want to assign a specific color of eggs. It would also make it easier to target particular ages that way.

So there you have it, parents. An awesome list of noncandy Easter egg stuffers to choose from. We hope you found lots of ideas to excite your kids and reduce the amount of junk headed for the landfill. From toys to craft kits to useful items, this list has something for every kid. Happy Easter!