Candy eggs, chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, chocolate coins, M&Ms, Starburst chews…. with all the sweet treats on the shelves, Easter is starting to look like Halloween! When all the egg hunts are done, the last thing parents want is cranky kids, or in the case of parents of kids with type 1 diabetes, crazy highs. Many parents advise filling Easter Eggs with goldfish crackers, cheerios, or raisins instead of candy. While these are healthier than candy, children with type 1 diabetes still have to bolus for them. If you’d rather not put food at the front and center of your Easter egg hunt, you’re not alone. Many parents prefer to emphasize the fun of dyeing eggs, hunting for (and finding!) eggs and celebrating the joys of spring. Here are 40 ideas for small, inexpensive non-food trinkets to fill your Easter eggs:
40 Non-food Easter Egg fillers
- Mini erasers
- Mini stamps
- Pencil toppers
- Pencil sharpeners
- Temporary tattoos
- Key chains
- Trading pins
- Cools rocks, geodes, or gemstones
- Magnetic letters or cute magnets
- Silly putty
- Doll shoes
- Lego bricks
- Mini figures (Lego, Fisher Price Little People, Tsum Tsum, Shopkins, Minecraft, etc.)
- Plastic army men
- Hot Wheels cars
- Nerf darts
- Bouncy balls
- Squeeze balls
- Spinning tops
- Flavored lip gloss
- Nail stickers
- Nail polish
- Hair accessories (clips, ponytail holders, elastics, etc..)
- Patterned or character bandaids
- Colorful or patterned shoe laces
- Shoelace charms
- Jelly bracelets
- Musical egg shaker
- Ear buds
If you’re hosting an egg hunt with your dia-besties or fellow type 1 families or if you want to fill your T1D child’s Easter basket, here are ten additional Easter Egg filler ideas that only people with T1D will “get”:
10 Diabetes-themed Easter Egg fillers
1. Medical bracelet charm. Add these pretty charms to a charm bracelet to express your unique sense of style.
2. Diabetes awareness buttons. These colorful buttons jazz up backpacks, suitcases, lunch bags, and more.
3. Diabetes awareness blue ribbon stickers. Because what child doesn’t love stickers?
4. Diabetes bag tags. This is a colorful way for kids to easily identify their belongings and express their identity at the same time.
5. Medical alert bracelet tattoos. The T1D club sells the coolest diabetes medical alert tattoos around. Their bracelet tattoos wrap around the ankle or wrist!
7. Allergy alert jelly buttons: Kids will love snapping these brightly colored buttons onto their medical alert jelly bands. These buttons aren’t just fun to look at. Each one indicates an allergy condition, so they double as medical alerts.
8. Decorative transmitter skins. Wear your CGM transmitters with style. These Pump Peelz stickers fit over the Dexcom G4 or G5.
9. Decorative adhesive patches. A colorful alternative to the basic adhesive patch, Grif Grips help seure CGMs, pump infusion sets, and Omnipods. Device-specific cutouts allow wearers to change the patches without affecting their device.
10/ Carb DM jelly bands. What better way to show your support for Carb DM than by wearing a fun and colorful jelly band? These are not for sale, so you’ll have to come to one of our events to get yours!