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Dye-free, Candy-free Ways to Celebrate Easter

EASTER IS COMING UP!

easter bunny
Holidays, parties, and other “treat” times can sometimes be difficult for families who are dealing with special needs because the kids require special diets. When most kids can eat Jelly Beans until their hearts are content, children with ADHD often have to maintain dye-free, low sugar diets in order to manage their ADHD symptoms.

Today, I wanted to give you some great ideas on how to fill Easter eggs and Easter baskets without using candy.

Enjoy!

HOW TO FILL EASTER EGGS FOR YOUNGER KIDS:

GI Joe

1. Small toys

Bouncy balls
Jacks
G.I. Joes
Silly putty
Sponge animals that grow
Fake bugs
Stickers
Hot Wheels

2. Accessories

glow sticks

Hair bows
Glow sticks
Nail polish
Bracelets
Earrings
Temporary tattoos
Rings
Lipstick/chapstick
Curly shoe laces

3. Dye-free, no-candy, fun snacks
Annies

Goldfish
Annie’s GF Cocoa and Vanilla Bunnies (also sold at Target)

Annie’s GF Snickerdoodle Bunnies (also sold at Target)
Mott’s Medleys fruit snacks
Ritz Bits

HOW TO FILL EASTER EGGS FOR OLDER KIDS:

susan

1. Money (that’s pretty much all they need in life, haha)

Dollar bills
Gift cards
Gift certificates
Coins (gold dollars, Susan B. Anthony coins, etc.)

HOW TO FILL AN EASTER BASKET FOR YOUNGER KIDS

1. Books

Easter books are the best!

2. Stuffed animals

3. Blankets

sleeping bag

Name-embroidered blankets
New bed comforter (great opportunity to upgrade)
Throw blanket
Sleeping bag

4. Food/snacks

popcorn

Granola bars
Homemade treats
Yogurt-covered raisins (they taste like candy)
Popcorn
Popsicles (yogurt bars, for example)
Sugar-free cookies

5. Fun drinks

Capri Sun drinks (clear)
100% juice (individuals)
Honest Kids juice boxes
Flavored water

6. Games

Board games
Card games

7. Summer toys

outside toys

Badminton set
Preschool golf set
Plastic swimming pool (use this as Easter “basket”)
Garden tools
Baseball and glove

8. Favorite items

Does your child have a favorite type of toy? Trains? Horses? Unicorns? Robots? Paw Patrol dogs? Henry Hugglemonster?

This is a great opportunity to find them a new version of something they already love?

HOW TO FILL AN EASTER BASKET FOR OLDER KIDS

1. Car accessories

car

Steering wheel cover
Seat covers
Floor mats
Air fresheners (yeah, they really appreciate these)
Auxiliary cords
Car cleaning supplies
Car wash tokens

2. Hats (can be used as Easter “basket”)

hat

Most young guys love getting nice hats, whether they’re snapbacks, flat bills, baseball caps, or beanies.

And girls love them, too! You just have to know your child and know what they like.

If you’re not sure, a gift card to their favorite store is always a safe bet!

3. Clothes

Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards.

Some parents really do know their kids’ taste well enough to buy them actual articles of clothing, but a lot of kids change opinions faster than they change underwear. Plus, you can never tell how an item is going to fit them until they try it on.

Gift cards are ALWAYS safe, as long as you’re choosing a store they actually enjoy. And don’t think it has to be a large gift card. Even five or ten dollars can be a treat.

4. Music

CDs
iTunes cards
eMusic

5. Headphones

headphones

These can be cheap or expensive! Depending on the kid, they probably just want a way to listen to music. And let’s face it… kids break/lose headphones constantly.

6. Art supplies

paintbrushes

Sketch pads
Charcoal pencils
Paint/paintbrushes
Canvases
Oil pastels
Chalk pastels
Ways to hang/showcase artwork

7. Sports gear

sports

Baseball glove
Soccer cleats
New gloves
Headbands/sweatbands
Athletic socks

The list goes on and on, according to which sport your child plays.

8. Cards

magic

Magic: The Gathering cards
Pokémon/YuGiOh cards
Playing cards (regular old cards)
Skip-Bo
Phase 10

9. Books/magazines
10. Money/gift cards

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Tell me all the other ideas you have! Happy Easter, y’all.

Whitney

easter heart

Dye-free, Candy-free Ways to Celebrate Easter

W. R. Cummings


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APA Reference
Cummings, W. (2016). Dye-free, Candy-free Ways to Celebrate Easter. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/loving-adhd/2016/03/dye-free-candy-free-ways-to-celebrate-easter/

 

Last updated: 5 Mar 2016
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