These fun, alternative Easter ideas are for Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) or another gut healing protocol. My own kids started B.E.D. when they were 2 and 7, so I’ve had years to perfect the holidays; Easter is by far the easiest 😉
Food is central on Easter Sunday, especially sugar and man-made colors. Going without this stuff can be easy (or not) depending how old your kids are and what everyone is used to. My 11 year old attends Waldorf school and is cocooned from mainstream society, whereas his 17-year old brother is in high school and surrounded by conventional, everyday food. My youngest is far easier to please, yet both have eaten differently then most kids their age, so are open to whatever I cook.
Celebrating Easter with B.E.D. doesn’t equal boring. Far from! Just takes creativity and thinking ahead. I hope the list below makes your holiday more fun. A non-traditional Easter means changing how you did things before you started B.E.D. or how you celebrated as a kid. It means making your own traditions to pass along to your own kids.
None of these ideas contain gluten, refined sugar, or pasteurized dairy and most are good for stage 1, while others are best foran occasional treat. If you have an autistic child, check out this dad’s Easter guide.
- Fill plastic eggs with stickers, balloons, coins, folded dollar bills.
- Divide a Lego set into plastic eggs, and mark the plastic egg with a name or # so the hunters know which pieces will complete the set.
- Make these beautiful embroidery floss Easter eggs.
- Wrap balls of play dough in wax paper and tie with an Easter cookie cutter in the bow.
- Silly Putty eggs will add some excitement to the hunt.
- Plan a backyard scavenger hunt and hide eggs with clues and actions to complete to reach the end. Instead of hiding treats in plastic eggs, hide a clue to lead hunters to the next egg. At end of hunt, hide a large gift (kite, outdoor toy, board game, or a puppy!).
- Put a bottle of bubbles in their basket.
- A new coloring book and box of crayons is fun for little kids.
- Wrap the above food treats and put in basket or in plastic eggs.
- Oriental Trading Company has tiny toys/trinkets (piggie erasers!).
- Deviled egg chicks turn boring eggs into adorable chicks🐥
- Turn pancakes into flowers, lambs, butterflies with these cutters.
- Shape stevia chocolates in molds to make bunnies and lollipops.
- Dye eggs naturally without man-made colors.
- Toasty coconut truffles
- Cinnamon kisses … little loves of butter.
- Carrot cupcakes made in fun baking cups
- A fun breakfast with eggs in red peppers recipe (omit cheese).
- Roll-out coconut cookies or almond cookies cut into lambs, flowers, and bunnies.
- Orange carrots in green lima bean hummus in flower pots (photo).
- Make a tray of almond hearts.
- Sunflower seed truffles packaged in little boxes from party store.
Have fun and hop to it to make this Easter a B.E.D-friendly one 🐰
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May all bellies be happy!