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12 Unconventional Things to Hide in Easter Eggs

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The best part of Easter for most little kids is the egg hunt. While any parent can add some jelly beans and be done, we know you're looking to take your egg hunt to the next level. Here are some non-candy items that fit nicely in those little plastic eggs.

1. ERASERS; $12

These adorable animal erasers are a step above the usual pink ones you might find in most pencil boxes. There are 20 animals randomly selected in each package.

Find it: Amazon

2. POKEMON FIGURES; $16

An even better deal is this shipment of 144 plastic Pokemon figures. You can cover your whole lawn in eggs with that kind of stock.

Find it: Amazon

3. FINGER PUPPETS; $11

Thanks to their hollow nature, finger puppets are easy to fold up and stuff in eggs of any size. These little animal puppets come in packs of 12.

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4. LEGO PIECES; VARIES

Buy a small LEGO kit and disperse the pieces in different eggs. Now your child can slowly piece their LEGO creation together. You can also just pop in some minifigs for a quicker reward.

Find it: Amazon (Batman), Amazon (Chick)

5. TEMPORARY TATTOOS; $13

Cover your kids in festive tattoos. These colorful Easter-themed tats come in groups of 144.

Find it: Amazon

6. PUNCH BALLOONS; $6

Buy 12 special balloons that come with rubber bands on the end. The balloons are perfect for punching and getting some of that pent-up sugar energy out.

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7. PUZZLE PIECES; $10

Just like the LEGO pieces, you can hide a few puzzle pieces in each egg.

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8. CLUES; $11

Turn your egg hunt into a treasure hunt by writing clues on these stickies and hiding them in each egg. Together, the clues can reveal where to find the big prize, like a giant chocolate bunny or Easter basket.

Find it: Amazon

9. COUPONS; $10

Buy a ream of tickets and write whatever you'd like on them. Things like "trip to the zoo" or "good for one new book" are sure to be hits.

Find it: Amazon

10. SEEDS; $16

Get your child interested in spring gardening with packets of seeds. Plant some carrot seeds in hopes of bribing the Easter bunny next year.

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11. BEADS; $13

Hide some beads and string in various eggs and you can have a fun craft session after the hunt.

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12. GROW CAPSULES; $11

Remember grow capsules? They're the perfect size for hiding in eggs and come in lots of themes like dinosaurs, vehicles, and bugs.

Find it: Amazon

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The Princess Ride: Here's What a Princess Bride Theme Park Attraction Might Look Like
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Do you fight the urge to say “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya” when introducing yourself? Have you spent the past 30 years mispronouncing the word “marriage”? If so, you may be a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. The cult film (and the book on which it’s based) has inspired board games, merchandise, and countless pop culture references. Now, two theme park designers from Universal have conceived the inconceivable. As Nerdist reports, Jon Plsek and Olivia West have designed the plans for a hypothetical attraction called “The Princess Ride.

Their idea follows the classic river boat ride structure and adds highlights from the movie around each corner. After watching Buttercup and Wesley’s love story unfold, riders are taken past the Cliffs of Insanity, through the Fire Swamp, and into the Pit of Despair. The climax unfolds at Prince Humperdinck’s castle and leads up to the two protagonists riding off into the sunset. The last thing the passengers see is Miracle Max and Valerie waving goodbye saying, “Hope ya had fun stormin’ the castle!”

The ride’s designers make a living turning stories into thrilling attractions. Plsek works as a concept artist for Universal Creative, the group behind Universal’s theme parks, and West works there as a concept writer. While The Princess Ride was just a fun side project for the pair, it isn’t hard to imagine their ride bringing Princess Bride fans to the parks in real life.

For more of Jon Plesk’s concept rides inspired by classics like Dr. Strangelove (1964) and National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), check out his website.

[h/t Nerdist]

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Watch a Chain of Dominos Climb a Flight of Stairs
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Dominos are made to fall down—it's what they do. But in the hands of 19-year-old professional domino artist Lily Hevesh, known as Hevesh5 on YouTube, the tiny plastic tiles can be arranged to fall up a flight of stairs in spectacular fashion.

The video spotted by Thrillist shows the chain reaction being set off at the top a staircase. The momentum travels to the bottom of the stairs and is then carried back up through a Rube Goldberg machine of balls, cups, dominos, and other toys spanning the steps. The contraption leads back up to the platform where it began, only to end with a basketball bouncing down the steps and toppling a wall of dominos below.

The domino art seems to flow effortlessly, but it took more than a few shots to get it right. The footage below shows the 32nd attempt at having all the elements come together in one, unbroken take. (You can catch the blooper at the end of an uncooperative basketball ruining a near-perfect run.)

Hevesh’s domino chains that don't appear to defy gravity are no less impressive. Check out this ambitious rainbow domino spiral that took her 25 hours to construct.

[h/t Thrillist]

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