Everyone loves gift-giving, and there is something especially magical about giving gifts to children. But have you ever considered the sugar content in those sugary treats?
A Dairy Milk buttons easter egg fits in the palm of your hand and also comes with a small pack of chocolate buttons. While that may seem ideal for a child, the egg itself contains 40g (10 teaspoons) of sugar, and the buttons contain a further 8.1g (2 teaspoons). To put that into perspective, a child aged 4-6 should have no more than 19g of sugar a day, and this increases to 24g in children aged 7-10.
What are the alternatives? Well, anything that isn’t super sugary chocolatey treats, basically. So, in the spirit of Easter, here is a list of alternatives.
- Pavement chalk
- Swimming costumes
- Ride on toys
- Scooters and rollerblades
- Tickets to amusement parks, zoos and other attractions
- Hula hoop
- Plant seeds
- Easter themed movies
- Play dough
- Finger paints
- Fridge magnets
- Colouring books and crayons/pens (age dependent)
- Books (Easter themed)
- Dolls/ toy figures
- Bath toys
- Educational playing cards such as wild cards
- Child’s first Bible
- Board games to play as a family
- Dressing up clothes
As a child, we had an easter egg hunt every year, complete with a treasure map. While I won’t be giving my daughter excessive amounts of chocolate this year, you could still recreate the classic easter egg hunt, just with other, healthier gifts which will enrich your kids for much longer than the 10 seconds it takes them to scoff that egg!
What are your plans for Easter this year?