Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter with Food Allergies (Part 2) ~ Safe Treats & Hunts

Holidays have become a lot about the food, and Easter is no exception.  While I do try my best to make Easter baskets and Easter hunts as fun as possible, I keep in mind that it doesn't ALL have to be about chocolate and candy.

Useful gifts and toys are enjoyed by children as much as sugar so keep that in mind.  Last year we got the boys a CD player for their room and a children's Christian CD.  It's something they still enjoy a year later and remember as a special Easter gift.  :)

Here are some other non-food treats that can be exciting to find in Easter Baskets.  With a handful of non-edibles, you won't have to find as many food treats which is always good for the teeth anyways!  

Non-Food Easter Treats

Fun Band-Aids
Duct Tape
Craft Kits
Coloring Book
Butterfly Net
Stuffed Animal
CD Music
DVD Movie
Video Game
Gift Card
Coupon Booklet
Travel Games

With that said, let's move onto some dairy-free treat options.  You can't get away with NO sweets in the Easter basket, right?!  Always check labels for yourself, though.  Ingredients can change at any time.   

Mainstream Treats for Toddlers

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs, Lorna Doone

Teddy Grahams
Lorna Doone 100 Cal Packs
Safe Cereal
Mini Oreos Packs

Mainstream Dairy-Free Candy

Fruit Snacks
Name Brand Jelly Beans like Jolly Rancher or Starbursts
Dum-Dum Suckers
Trident Original Gum

Organic Allergy-Free Treats

Easter Lollipops!

Alternative Baking Company Cookies (contains or processed with tree nuts & peanuts)
Lucy's Cookies (contain soy)
Natural Candy Store (one-stop-shop for many of the treats above and more) 

Allergy-Friendly Easter Egg Hunts

We always avoid large community Easter egg hunts.  I don't ever remember enjoying those as a child myself so I don't feel like we are missing out on anything in that regard.  

The ideal Easter egg hunt for us is to just do it with family, cousins, and close friends who know and understand our situation.  You can put together any fun hunt within a backyard or home.

Usually parents give out plenty of chocolate in the morning so it's easy for me to request an "all allergy-free egg hunt" later in the afternoon.  If you can, just offer to bring a couple bags of safe candy.  Have the other parents bring stickers or pennies or something else non-food if they aren't sure what candy is safe.

If you can't get a completely allergy-free hunt going, offer to host one yourself and make it allergy-free.  Or just pass on a hunt if you don't think it will be safe enough.  OR try doing a color-coded hunt where each child hunts a certain color.  Make sure your allergy child has all safe treats in their plastic eggs.  If the hunt has allergen treats in it, though, make sure hands are being washed as needed.  If one child had chocolate, you don't want them touching your child without washing hands first.

If your children are passed the toddler years like mine, you can add some fun to a hunt by making it a scavenger hunt.  I think that is a great alternative to large community cattle calls...uh....I mean Easter egg hunts.

My boys love doing color-coded, scavenger egg hunts with a non-food prize at the end.  That reminds me, I probably need to go Lego shopping soon!  :)

Do you have any other safe treat, gift, or activity ideas for food allergy kids this Easter?  We'd love to hear in the comments.  


June K said...

In the beginning when my nieces and nephews were little we hid real eggs. As they got a little bit older and we decided a little treat in plastic eggs were better it ended up being coins - pennies and nickels in the eggs. As they got even older the amount of the coins increased. Can you believe they were in college and they still wanted to do the Easter egg hunt at Grandma's house? Of course by then there were dollars and even $5 bills in the plastic eggs. LOL. So watch out! :)

total12 said...

Easter hunts as fun as possible, I keep in mind that it doesn't ALL have to be about chocolate and candy. easter egg hunts