Saturday, March 28, 2015

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
Sidewalk Chalk
Silly Puddy
Play Dough
Hoola Hoop
Jump Rope
Butterfly Net
Jewelry or Play Jewelry
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
Smartie Candy Necklaces

Organic Allergy-Free Treats

Easter Lollipops!

Natural Candy Store (one-stop-shop for many of the treats above and more) - Order deadlines are now!

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 a fun, allergy-free hunt within a backyard or home.

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.

This year our church is putting on a Top 8 Allergy-Free plastic egg hunt!  All parents will bring 12 eggs for each child they are bringing...filled with non-food or allergy-free treats.  Then each child will hunt 12 eggs.  We set up a FB event page with info on what is safe to put in the eggs and for RSVP's.  I think it's gonna be a hit.  We all tagged and invited fellow food allergy friends in the area.

Do you have any other safe treat, gift, or activity ideas for food allergy kids this Easter?  

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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