Easter Egg Hunts with Food Allergies


Original Post:  4-11-14


We often get asked about how to do safe Easter egg hunts with food allergies so here are some helpful tips from our 10 years of experience.


1.  Consider including non-food items 
2.  Research safe edible options
3.  Plan the right place with the right people  
4.  Consider hosting a big event yourself


Non-Food Easter Surprises

Fun Band-Aids
Tape
Duct Tape
Stickers
Erasers
Craft Kits
Coloring Book
Crayons/Markers
Sidewalk Chalk
Silly Puddy
Play Dough
Hoola Hoop
Jump Rope
Butterfly Net
Legos
Doll
Jewelry or Play Jewelry
Stuffed Animal
CD Music
DVD Movie
Video Game
Gift Card
Coupon Booklet
Quarters
Travel Games


Mainstream Treats for Toddlers

Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs, Lorna Doone

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


Mainstream Dairy-Free Candy


Skittles 
Fruit Snacks
Starbursts
Name Brand Jelly Beans like Jolly Rancher or Starbursts
Dum-Dum Suckers
Smarties
Smarties Candy Necklaces
Mambas
Laffy Taffy
Oreos
PEZ



Natural Allergy-Free Treats

Easter Lollipops!



Planning the Easter Egg Hunt

Hunt with family, cousins, and close friends.

We prefer smaller egg hunts with people who know our situation and who will gladly accommodate our food allergy needs.  Large community egg hunts can be chaotic and not real safe for food allergy families.  

Color code Easter eggs.
If you don't mind just giving safe treats to your food allergy child, you can color code eggs for a hunt.  Put allergy-safe treats in one color and allergy treats in the other colors.  And have your food allergy child hunt just the safe color for them. 

Consider a scavenger hunt.

This is a great alternative to community egg hunts. My boys love doing color-coded, scavenger egg hunts with a non-food prize at the end.

Host a community allergy-free hunt.  

If you want to experience a large community hunt, try coordinating an allergy-safe event. There are other families out there who would be grateful.  Last year our church hosted a top 8 allergy-free plastic egg hunt.  We started an event page on FB to get the word out and to share the details.  All parents were to bring 12 eggs for each child they were bringing, filled with non-food or allergy-free treats. Safe food and non-edible trinket ideas were listed.


Do you have any other non-food gift, safe treat, or activity idea for food allergy kids this Easter? We would love to hear.  

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2 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