Egg shakers: a non-candy Easter basket alternative

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If you're looking for a non-candy alternative for a little one's Easter basket, how about egg shakers?

We discovered egg shakers in a toddler music class. Smooth, round plastic or wooden egg-shaped maracas that are pleasant to hold and roll and fun to shake (loud enough to be fun but not too loud).

Other ideas for no-candy Easter eggs: Legos, stickers, small change, puzzle pieces, craft supplies…


  1. says

    We have one, and they’re addictive to hold :-). I need to find some other things for toddler baskets…normally I wouldn’t care, but the 6 year old has eagle eyes.

  2. says

    We also discovered these in a music class with our daughter.

    A related travel hack everyone here might appreciate is when you’re traveling and you’ve ordered breakfast/lunch/dinner and are killing time waiting for it to arrive, you can grab a couple sugar packets off the table and sing the same “shaky egg” songs.

    My daughter loves the raw sugar packets available at nicer diners for the big crystals that make a sound close to an egg shaker.

  3. mh says

    if your baby hasn’t figured out how to open the typical plastic eggs – those are a good option! I needed a distraction for my daughter in the grocery store the other day, and I spied the plastic eggs with candy inside. I picked one up and was delighted to hear it rattle! Once we got home and I took off the outer packaging, I found that the candy inside was packaged in plastic. So, I just closed the egg back up and let her shake, shake, shake!
    For now at least, my daughter thinks it’s a just great toy – not a candy holder!

  4. Julie says

    I love the egg shaker idea! I came across another non-candy item for my 14 month old…Tomy makes a toy called “Hide & Squeak Eggs”. They are egg shapes that come in a box that split apart to show a chick inside and when you press on the chick, it squeaks. No batteries. Kind of loosely reminiscent of the Russian nesting dolls, which I did want originally until I discovered how teeny-weeny the inside doll really is!

  5. Lydia says

    My daughter (13 months) doesn’t eat candy yet, so I filled her eggs with puffs, goldfish, teddy grahams, and little people. I’m betting they will be a hit!

  6. Annette says

    I know this is after the fact, but my husband and I found little stuffed plush peeps for our 8 m/o son’s Easter basket. We couldn’t resist!

  7. Leigh says

    Great tip! I love those egg shakers, but seem to have lost mine. . .

    I found a good alternative: small plastic spice jars half-full of large candy sprinkles, rice or beans with the lid glued on.

    Easy for even small kids to hold and makes a great music shaker.

    The different fillers make different noises and my kids (15 and 33 months) love them.

  8. says

    Stickers won’t make a plastic egg shake, but they’re equally great for prizes when egg-hunting. I think everyone knows how much the lil’ ones love stickers :-)

  9. says

    We absolutely do this type of alternative – we are not big candy fans PLUS we don’t do any more artificial ingredients than we “have to” (my son has ADHD). We like to fill our plastic eggs up with pennies! Kids rattle them and LOVE the money!

  10. tara says

    Be careful of the wood egg shakers. My 12 month old was able to “crack” one open banging it on the coffee table and tiny metal balls flew all over the living room…