If you're having trouble finding things to hide inside Easter eggs this spring, there are a number of options available. The traditional and most popular filling is, of course, candy. If you're holding an Easter egg hunt for children of other families or making the eggs available at a large public event, the candy should be individually wrapped. Some types of candy will keep for a very long time without expiring, so feel free to stock up on leftover Valentine's Day deals as long as you check the "best by" date. Chocolate will melt if left in the sun, so a better idea might be candies like taffy, hard candy, jellybeans, mints, and bubble gum. However, if you'd like to take a less traditional (or more healthy) route, there are plenty of other options available.
If most of your participants are younger girls, try filling the eggs with little prizes like hair accessories, stickers, lip gloss and lip balm, small trinkets, play jewelry, stick-on earrings, or key chains. For young boys, items like toy cars and trucks, bouncy balls/koosh balls, and plastic paratroopers (parachute toys) might be more popular. Tiny yo-yos, slinkies, small containers of bubbles and bubble blowers, and silly putty could be appealing to both genders. Check your local dollar store for lots of tiny toys, or if you are ordering for a larger easter egg hunt, you might try ordering in bulk from websites like Oriental Trading Company. Sites like this will often have a whole range of small Easter-themed toys for sale in the spring.
For religiously-affiliated events, like a church Easter egg hunt, trinkets could include religious items, like small cross trinkets or inspirational poems or prayers printed on cards. If you want "big" prizes or egg hunts with older participants, try filling the eggs with change or dollar bills, or even small gift cards to local restaurants or book stores. If you are having trouble finding things, or are simply on a tight budget, try asking local companies if they have anything they offer. Some businesses will be happy to provide fridge magnets, key chains, or pens with their company's name printed on them.
Here's another option: instead of filling each egg full of individual prizes, make the search into a hunt for one larger prize. This way, instead of creating a contest to see who can collect the most eggs, the emphasis is on group activity. In large Easter egg hunts, younger or less intrepid children are often left with fewer prizes. Making the game into a treasure hunt where everyone participates ensures that everyone gets a prize. This works best for small groups, and emphasizes the importance of teamwork. Hide the eggs in obscure places hidden from view. Instead of being randomly hidden, the eggs should be found in a specific order, with each egg leading the searchers to the next egg. At the end of the search, the prize might be a goodie bag for each participant, a large basket of candy to share, or even better, an Easter-themed piata to break open. Each egg should contain a clue that leads the group to the next step - and if you're clever and have a way with words, you might even want to try writing rhyming riddles. Give the first egg to the participants, and help them along if they are having trouble finding the next station in the sequence. The participants will have to work together to decipher the clues and find the next egg. The process of writing clues and hiding eggs is much easier if it is done backwards, with setup starting at the final goal. This way, everyone enjoys equal benefits of the Easter egg hunt.