questionschallenge! looking for cute, non-candy easter…

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coloring books, pencils, markers, crayons and stickers are always welcome.

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Egg shaped sidewalk chalk, bubbles, silly putty & stickers. Stretchable flying bunnies: http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/285a20e6-6fcb-41b1-8e06-91caa3446e1e/stretchable-flying-bunnies-1-dz-toys-games.

The coins inside plastic eggs is a great idea. We have the big kids hide them for the little kids after the initial hunt. They keep doing it for at least a week following Easter.

Parachute bunnies are another good choice: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250487493605&rvr_id=&crlp=1_263602_263622&UA=M*F%3F&GUID=0eaa87071250a026634675c6ffbf2deb&itemid=250487493605&ff4=263602_263622

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My local Target had wind-up Easter eggs in the dollar area a couple of weeks ago. They might still be there... they were a hit with the kids I gave them to (in birthday goodie bags).

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Oriental Trading Company has all of their Easter items on sale. Free shipping over $49 WCX9124. http://www.orientaltrading.com/sale-a1-389827-6-1.fltr

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Target had a lot of cute stuff in their dollar bins. Since it varies from store to store to store you need to go check it out.

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Party City also carries lots of small seasonal favors, lots for 4/$1.00. My kids like the little puzzle mazes with a ball bearing in them. They also love the puzzles you can color in yourself. These run about $1 at Party City. Crayons, markers, stickers, glue sticks, and temp tattoos are always a hit for us. Their favorite gift is a roll of tape. I have strange kids (and tape all over the house).

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Target has mini Lego Star Wars sets for sale. There is an X-Wing and I think two others. And I think they are both under 5 bucks, they come in a plastic bag and not a cardboard box.

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Almost forgot. This may not pass the "cute" part of the challenge, but little kids love coins. Two dimes and a nickel inside a plastic egg, and they think they've hit the jackpot! Nice shiny dollar coins are especially popular.

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Definitely hit the dollar stores! Girls might like Easter themed socks. One of my local stores always has holiday themed socks. I used to pick them up to give to the RNs I worked with.
You also might consider bubble liquid and assorted different bubble blowers, Easter themed plastic plates & cups, and hair do-dads.
Oh! Those little chenille pipe cleaner chicks and the spring-loaded suction cup pop-up toys. You know, the one that you smush down onto a flat surface and then wait for it to pop up. I wonder if any one makes them any more.

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I found the Play-doh eggs (never would have thought to look for those without knowing to look for them - thanks!), and several other goodies at Target and Dollar Tree. Sticker/coloring books, crayons, sunglasses, balls, and Disney jigsaw puzzles. There were some cute little Precious Moment board books for the littlest ones, too. Wanted to find the little wash cloths, but the only ones I could find were SpongeBob's Squidward. Picked up some plastic eggs, and I'll go to the bank to get some bright shiny new quarters to put in them. Add the beanie babies, and I think they'll be fun little Easter baskets. Thanks so much everyone for your input!

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I usually fill an Easter egg with gold dollars for the kids. If we do an egg hunt, those go in the house. Other than that each kid gets $5 in an egg in their basket along with pencils and those stringy bunny things.

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@bthrash42: Lego also has a lego easter bunny, and free to download directions to make other easter themed items out of existing lego sets. http://shop.lego.com/promotion/?easter2010

debbie, if the older boys have other legos, you might consider printing out some of the easter theme lego instructions for them, you can roll them into little scrolls, or loosely wrap the star wars lego kits with them maybe.

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...And Matchbox packages little cars with eggs: http://www.amazon.com/Matchbox-Easter-Egg-Hunt-Mission/dp/B0016NMGSY/ref=pd_sbs_t_2

(You could probably save some $ by shoving some matchbox cars in eggs that you bought separately).

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My suggestion involves a non-internet facilitated purchase :-) :The Dollar Store or whatever version of that you have in your area. We just went today to get "little sister" gifts & they were loaded with non-candy Easter goodies.

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Couldn't find them on the web because I don't know what their called exactly..

But my local dollar store (dollar tree)sells these little washcloth things that are all rolled and scrunched up into alittle ball or square or heart etc... They are usually like disney characters or what not.. but I think they might have Easter ones. I'll stop by tomorrow and check then post back.

But their really neat all you do is take them throw them in the bath or sink or what not with you and the grow from the little ball into a full sized wash cloth.

They are both cute, practical, and kinda fun lol least to me but I'm really a 5 year old at heart XD

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As a kid I was fascinated with miniature anything, especially paper cocktail parasols & cocktail "swords." They were claimed by by Barbie, Francie & PJ, who was visiting from Malibu. Those girls were always looking for cool things to furnish their pad. That place was totally far out!

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Thanks!! Playdoh is an especially good idea. Will check my local Target.

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@oheifearnain: I second the sticker, coloring books and pencils idea. Temporary tattoos might be neat too, or maybe some books with bunnies in them.

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Am making a list of your ideas to take to the store(s)! These are some great ideas. It's been awhile since I've put together baskets for little ones, and I my thinking cap just wasn't remembering anything clever.

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Tupperware has a bucket of Sandtoys in pastel colors Called Tote-em pails.
Check out Ebay Since they don't have them on the website anymore.
Tupperware Sandwich keepers & Lunch sets are also nice gift filled with little dollar store stuff,and they can be used later for packing lunches.
And For littler ones a Shape o Toy is a nice gift
Ok Sorry I sell the stuff Im partial to it :)
Contact me through my website and I will give my fellow wooters 15%-25% off
any order http://my.tupperware.com/COYHAVEN

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@bthrash42: I might go out and try and find these Legos. Two of the baskets are going to 8-year-old boys who would probably like Legos instead of a stuffed animal. Thanks!

If I haven't said it lately, Thanks to the Deals.Woot gang. You guys are a great bunch of helpful folks!

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@tweber: Your kids aren't that strange! Mine like tape too, but Post-it notes are valued even more highly (and, bonus, they come off the walls more easily than tape does).

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@sfeitler: My youngest daughter, now 17, only recently outgrew this phase. I swear I'd buy ten rolls of tape just so I could be sure to find one when I needed it.

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@attilathemom: Thanks! I think I will!

[I think you should post the Lego Easter Bunny as a deal. Really a neat idea.]

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shrinky dinks and other age appropriate craft kits! They sell a bunch of them at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Walmart

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Bunny Hoppin' Fizzy Bath Cupcake

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"BUNNY TREATS" Fizzy Bath Cupcake
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