Chocolate-Free Activity ideas for Easter

Easter is a time for celebration, joy, and family gatherings. However, for those in the Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) community, traditional Easter egg hunts featuring chocolate treats can pose challenges. Fear not! We’ve compiled a list of creative and inclusive Easter egg hunt ideas along with chocolate-free activities to ensure everyone can enjoy the holiday to the fullest.

Non-Food Treasure Hunts as Alternatives to Traditional Chocolate Egg Hunts

Instead of the traditional chocolate easter egg hunt, there are plenty of creative alternatives that can be just as enjoyable for children and adults alike. Younger kids might delight in searching for hidden treasures like stickers, stationery, playdough, bubbles, small toys, hair accessories, mini books, or bouncy balls, which can be placed in their Easter baskets. Another option is to hide small gifts inside plastic eggs, readily available at toy stores or discount stores.

Alternative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

We’ve complied a list of chocolate-free alternatives for your Easter Morning Easter Egg Hunt. We hope you enjoy these!

Puzzle Piece Hunt:
Purchase a puzzle and hide each piece inside plastic eggs around your home or yard. Each child collects eggs, and once they’ve found all the pieces, they work together to assemble the puzzle. This promotes teamwork and problem-solving skills.

Nature Hunt:
Instead of eggs, hide natural objects like colorful stones, seashells, or pinecones. Provide a checklist for the kids to mark off each item as they find them, encouraging exploration and appreciation of the outdoors. This sensory-rich activity fosters a deeper connection with nature. Once all the items have been ticked off the list an Easter-themed prize can be given.

DIY Craft Hunt:
Hide craft supplies or materials in the eggs, such as beads, stickers, feathers, or googly eyes. After the hunt, kids can use the items they’ve collected to create their own Easter crafts. This sparks creativity and artistic expression while avoiding food-related triggers.

Glow-in-the-Dark Hunt:
For an evening or indoor hunt, fill plastic eggs with glow sticks or glow-in-the-dark toys. Turn off the lights and let the kids search for the glowing eggs, adding an extra element of excitement to the hunt. This unique twist adds a sense of magic and wonder to the Easter festivities.

Golden Ticket Hunt:
This is a great one for the older kids/adults. Place special “golden tickets” inside a few select plastic eggs. Each ticket entitles the finder to a larger prize or special privilege, such as choosing a movie for the family to watch or using their golden ticket as a once off trade for getting out of a chore they are responsible for.

Trivia Hunt:
Write Easter-themed trivia questions and place them inside the eggs along with the answers. As kids find the eggs, they can read the questions aloud, and everyone can try to answer them together. This educational hunt promotes learning and family bonding.

Activity Hunt:
Fill the eggs with small cards or slips of paper with different activities written on them, such as “do a silly dance,” “tell a joke,” or “give someone a compliment.” Kids can complete the activities as they find the eggs, promoting fun interactions and socialisation.

Riddle Hunt:
Write rhyming riddles that lead to the location of hidden eggs. Kids must solve each riddle to find the next egg, adding an element of problem-solving and critical thinking to the hunt. This stimulates cognitive skills in an entertaining way. There are many free templates available online, or you can print and use this one.

Chocolate-Free Easter Activities

While most holiday celebrations often revolve around food, there are plenty of ways to enjoy quality family time through craft activities and games. Crafting during the Easter holiday can encompass a variety of egg-themed projects, such as decorating egg-shaped cards, decorating bunny ears or creating an easter bonnet, making paper flowers, salt dough decorations, or even building a bird feeder.

For entertainment, families can partake in egg and spoon races, bunny sack races, or balloon games to keep the festive spirit alive. In addition to alternative egg hunt ideas, here are some super fun ways to celebrate Easter with chocolate-free alternatives for the entire family:

Planting Seeds
Have an Easter gardening activity where kids plant seeds in pots. This not only teaches them about growth and nature but also gives them something to care for beyond Easter.

Easter Crafts:
Set up a craft station with materials for making Easter-themed crafts such as bunny masks, paper chicks, or flower crowns.

Egg Painting Contest:
Host an egg painting contest where each member of the family can showcase their creativity. Provide prizes for different categories like “Most Colorful,” “Most Unique,” or “Best Easter Theme.” Eggs can be cut-outs from cardboard, styrofoam eggs etc.

DIY Bunny Ears or Easter Bonnet:
Provide materials for kids to make their own bunny ears headbands or colorful Easter Bonnet. They can then wear them during Easter activities for added fun.

Easter Piñata:
Create a homemade Easter piñata shaped like a bunny, chick, or egg. Fill it with small toys, stickers, sensory toys or other non-edible treats for the kids to enjoy. Discount variety stores, toy stores, and stores like k-mart have these items at great prices tomake this an easy and affordable option.

Easter Themed Movie Marathon:
Get cozy and enjoy an Easter-themed movie marathon featuring family-friendly films like “Hop,” “Peter Rabbit,” or “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.”

Healthier Chocolate Options

For those families who feel comfortable with including chocolate in their diet, opting for dark chocolate with a high cocoa content can be a healthier choice, as it typically contains less sugar. It’s important to check labels to ensure the sugar content is within your threshold. Alternatively, sugar-free chocolates are available in the health food section of most grocery stores. However, it’s essential to remember that every family’s dietary needs and preferences are unique. You shouldn’t feel guilty for your choices, and whatever works best for your family is what you should do. Whether it’s enjoying a small indulgence of chocolate or exploring alternative treats, the most important thing is to always prioritise your family’s health and happiness.


Easter is a cherished time for gathering with friends and family, coming together to celebrate the joy of renewal and new beginnings. It’s a time to cherish each other’s company, create lasting memories, and embrace the true essence of the holiday. As we prepare for Easter festivities, it’s important to remember that inclusivity and consideration for everyone’s needs, including those with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), are paramount.

By providing healthier alternatives to traditional chocolate and sweets, we ensure that all children, regardless of their dietary restrictions, can fully partake in the joy of the season. Whether it’s through creative non-food treasure hunts, thoughtful Easter gifts, engaging crafts and games, or nutritious treats, let’s celebrate Easter in a way that fosters togetherness and happiness for everyone involved.

As we gather around the table and share in the spirit of Easter, let’s embrace the opportunity to create meaningful traditions that reflect the true meaning of the holiday—love, hope, and the joy of being together. Happy Easter to all, may this season be filled with warmth, laughter, and cherished moments with loved ones.


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