What to put in Easter eggs for 3 and 4-year-olds
Here are 25 genius non candy Easter egg fillers for preschoolers.
Three and four year olds are the perfect age to start participating in Easter egg hunts independently!
While toddlers still need help searching for hidden eggs, preschool aged kids will be able to hunt and collect eggs mostly on their own.
My kids love Easter egg hunts and I love setting them up and watching them find the eggs. What I don’t love is having so much candy after or a bunch of little toys that never get played with.
Since traditional Easter eggs are small, it’s difficult to find practical items to fit inside them for preschool aged children. However, I found 25 things your kids can actually use that will fit inside regular sized plastic Easter eggs.
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If you’re having trouble thinking of fun items for Easter egg fillers that aren’t ‘junk’ or candy, I’ve got you covered!
What Size Easter Eggs Should You Use?
The smaller Easter eggs are 2 ⅜ inches in length. The first 11 items on this list of Easter egg fillers for preschoolers should fit nicely into these traditional eggs.
If you have bigger Easter eggs to fill, there are even more options. Scroll down to numbers 12 through 25 for some suggestions for Easter egg fillers for three and four year olds using larger eggs. These eggs are a great option. They’re about 3.5 inches in length.
ideas for Easter Egg Fillers for Preschoolers
Small Egg Filler Ideas
Coins and folded up dollars fit perfectly into little eggs. This is always my go-to when I run out of fillers for our Easter egg hunts!
Stickers are a favorite in our house. My preschooler loves decorating with stickers – we have to constantly remind her that stickers are for paper, NOT furniture. She always loves getting new stickers and they’re inexpensive, which is great!
3. Temporary tattoos
These are easy to cut up and stick into Easter eggs as a fun activity for your little ones.
4. Barrettes or hair clips
My daughter’s hair took forever to grow and she very rarely lets me style it. I love these adorable little bows. They come in all different colors and are great for fine hair. They fit perfectly into Easter eggs as a cute surprise for young girls.
Bracelets like these adjustable friendship bracelets are a fun filler idea for Easter eggs for girls or boys.
A pair of little kid socks can be tightly rolled up and placed inside an Easter egg.
7. animal figurines
These toy animals are one of my 3 year old’s favorite things to play with. They are so versatile and can be used for so many different games and activities. She loves building them a zoo with her blocks, including them in water play, and hiding them in different places.
These fun and colorful animal erasers can fit on the top of a pencil for preschoolers who are learning how to write.
Self-inking stamps are a lot of fun for preschool-aged kids. Here are some fun Easter stamps that fit perfectly in Easter eggs as an egg filler.
10. fluffy slime
Slime is fun for preschoolers to squish, stretch and squeeze. This fluffy slime comes with four different colors to play with separately or to mix together. You can take it out of the original container and squish it into the egg as a cool Easter egg filler.
Stuff the rest of your eggs with your kids’ favorite snacks. They can take a break and fuel up during their Easter egg hunt. Some ideas for snack to use as Easter egg fillers include:
- goldfish crackers
- teddy grahams
Large Egg Filler Ideas
12. Fruit snacks
Little bags of fruit snacks fit nicely into these larger eggs.
13. Small inflatable beach ball
Little beach balls can roll up when deflated to fit into an Easter egg.
Mini containers of fingerpaint make a great Easter egg stuffer for young kids. This set comes with 30 different colors in one ounce containers.
15. lip balm
Fill some Easter eggs with delicious smelling chapstick like these fun kid-themed ones.
16. Wooden peg people
These rainbow dolls will fit nicely into larger sized Easter eggs. The wooden peg people can be used for pretend play, counting, color sorting, and so many other activities for preschool aged kids.
17. Mini play-doh
Most three and four year olds I know love play-doh. My daughter especially enjoys mixing colors together so these mini containers are perfect!
18. Mini nail polish
This water based nail polish is advertised to be quick drying and peels off instead of needing nail polish remover.
19. tiny pens
My daughter has so many markers and crayons but she LOVES taking pens from our office to write with so we want to get her some pens of her own. According to the manufacturer, these mini pens are 3.25 inches in length so they should just fit into the 3.5 inch Easter eggs.
20. Mini post-it notes
Along with pens, my daughter always steals post-it notes to draw on. A pad of mini sized post-it notes would fit into these eggs for a practical Easter egg filler.
21. Small notebook
These mini notebooks are perfect for little hands. Preschoolers can carry these around with them to always have something to do on the go.
22. Toy cars
Most little toy cars, like Hot Wheels, will fit perfectly as Easter egg fillers.
23. Sensory balls
I played with these growing up and they were called Koosh balls. Anyone else? Now I see them marketed as Monkey Stringy Balls which totally sounds like a name my three year old would make up! Whatever they’re called, they can be a great fidget or sensory toy for little kids and make a great Easter egg stuffer.
24. diy beaded necklaces
Add a bunch of beads and some string from this wooden bead necklace kit and preschoolers will have a fun activity to find hidden inside an egg.
25. Wind up toys
When I worked as an Early Intervention therapist, wind up toys were one of my favorite toys to bring with me. They are great for speech development. Both my three year old AND my 10 month old love playing with these wind up ladybugs. They flip and spin around and are a lot of fun to watch.
The Best Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers
There you have some great ideas for toys that fit into Easter eggs. I hope this article helped you figure out what non-candy items to put in Easter eggs for your three and four year olds.
Many of these small items will come in bulk quantities from Amazon. This is great if you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt for multiple kids. If you’re doing a family egg hunt with just your own children, here’s a couple ideas for what to do with extra supplies:
- save them and give to kids as small gifts for other holidays
- use in goodie bags for children’s birthday parties
- keep for a rainy or snowy day
- have a random egg hunt when your kids are bored
- send to friends or cousins who you haven’t seen in awhile
- stash away and use as rewards (or bribes! no judgement, here)