Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, there are so many holidays that involve a lot of candy. I'm often asked by health-conscious parents how to handle these holidays. Here are some sugar-free Easter ideas to keep all the fun of the season, without all the sugar.
Sugar-Free Easter Ideas: Create Non-Candy Fun
There are lots of ways to celebrate Easter that don’t involve sweets. Examples include:
- Join your child to decorate the house with Easter themed decorations.
- Colour Easter Eggs. Extend the fun by first creating your own natural dyes.
- Plant some veggies in the garden or pots.
- Bake a low-sugar treat such as carrot cupcakes.
Next week I'll be sharing a fun, healthy (and delicious) recipe that's perfect for Easter.
Take Advantage of Toddlers’ and Preschoolers’ Naiveté
Toddlers and preschoolers have very short attentions pans. Use this to your advantage. Who says that Easter egg hunts need to involve finding more than 3 – 5 small pieces of chocolate? If we’re really honest, it’s we adults, not the kids, who enjoy longer games because we have a vested interest in reliving our childhoods.
Sugar-Free Easter Ideas: Create a New Family Tradition
Who says that it has to be chocolate that kids find in Easter egg hunts. Why not hide the eggs that you dyed? Or, how about hiding snack-size Ziploc baggies full of mini carrots? Easter bunnies eat carrots after all. Get your thinking cap on to invent a new, fun family tradition that doesn’t involve candy.
Sugar-Free Easter Ideas: Include Non-Candy Basket Stuffers
There are all sorts of fun and seasonal ideas to include in Easter baskets. Some examples include:
- Spring or Easter-themed stickers
- Arts and craft supplies
- An Easter-themed colouring book and crayons
- Veggie or flower seeds
- Baby animal figurines
- Story books on seasonal topics such as baby animals or planting seeds
- Hair accessories in spring colours
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