As Easter approaches, you may be wondering how to avoid all the sugared treats we usually stuff baskets with. Jelly beans, chocolate and marshmallow chicks can all be good in moderation, but when paired with other goodies, make for a holiday that is easier on your little one’s teeth!

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Trying to stick to the theme of the day? Swap chocolate or marshmallow bunnies for packages of bunny grahams or fruit snacks.

Many grocers carry the small, individual serving bags of baby carrots, and this is a great addition to your child’s Easter basket. They can eat just like the bunny!

Find some things that focus on the upcoming spring weather. Jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and sunglasses can all be enjoyed as the temperatures rise in the next few weeks.

Crayons, markers, stickers, paint and other crafty items are also prized by small kids, see if you can find a themed coloring book.

Legos, mini cars, doll accessories and many other toys are small enough to put inside plastic fill-able eggs. It’s fun discovering the different treasures inside them. Small books to read can be a nice way to wind down after all the excitement of an Easter egg hunt!

Or, you could go retro and share one of your favorite childhood toys with your kids, like Silly Putty or a Slinky.

With a little creative stuffing, those baskets won’t need much candy, and we bet your kids won’t even miss it.

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