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This is what we did last yr. It worked out really well.<br>
Instead of having a basket full of candy and chocolate the Easter Bunny brought healthy snacks. My children don't usually get packaged foods like cheese string and yogurt that you squeeze out of the tube so when they got a basket filled with healthy foods they LOVED it!! So now every yr the Easter Bunny is going to fill their baskets with snacks instead of junk. I am going to the Organic section and picking through that. This is all they know and I am happy to start this tradition. They get enough junk from grandparents that I end up eating during the night when they are sleeping <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Other options - crayons, playdoh, stickers, stuffed animals from the thrift store, a book. Food is not the only option <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Glow-in-the-dark necklaces/bracelets, silly string, little arts/craft projects, balloons, silly putty, packets of confetti that they can throw around outside, bath/body stuff, mini card games, little plastic animals, finger puppets...
 

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I also include a real fun fruit, like a coconut, a star fruit or something else unique that they don't always have at the grocery store. Even a pineapple would be great, though we have them all the time. My kids are such fruit fiends that they think this is really cool.
 

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We do some chocolate, one bunny and organic jelly beans. I also switched our plastic egg hunt with "prizes", homemade bubble solution, homemade playdough and some handmade necklaces.
 

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Two out of my three kids have multiple food intolerances including chocolate. How sad. So our easter egg hunt still has the plastic eggs, but they're filled with pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and an occasional dollar. The kids are so excited to see how much money they get and it helps their math skills (kids ages are 3, 7, and 10). It's probably a total of $8 (if that) so probably less than I'd spend on candy for that many eggs.<br><br>
And instead of baskets, they get a few books wrapped in a ribbon at the end of their bed when they wake up. This year the little one gets a couple of Diego books, the 7yo gets 4 "Secrets of Droon" books (they're reading the first one at school and he's finally interested in reading) and the 10yo gets a Princess Diaries book and 2 special Harry Potter books (they're 2 of the required reading texts from Hogwarts).<br><br>
Necessity is the mother of invention.
 
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