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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.

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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.

Find it: Amazon

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.

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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.

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Fans of The Office, Rejoice: A Dunder Mifflin LEGO Set Could Someday Become a Reality
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After nine seasons filled with pranks, gags, awkward jokes, and just a few too many “That’s what she said's,” the finale of NBC’s The Office aired on May 16, 2013. While the beloved show probably won’t be getting a reboot anytime soon, LEGO fans may someday be able to recreate the cast’s shenanigans with their very own Dunder Mifflin-inspired set.

Jaijai Lewis, a 36-year-old market researcher from New York City, has submitted a toy recreation of the fictional paper sales company’s Scranton branch to the LEGO Ideas website. It’s a miniature replica of the TV show's titular office, complete with the main shared space (cubicles and desk plants included), a conference room, and separate offices for Michael and Darryl. These rooms are designed to be modular, and can either be connected together or remain separate.

Of course, Lewis made sure to include mini-replicas of the whole gang, including Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, Angela, Meredith, and more. They come with tiny accessories, like Michael’s Golden Dundie, Meredith’s water bottle, and Pam’s ring. (The last one fits in Jim’s suitcase.)

If 10,000 different fans support a design on the LEGO Ideas blog, it will become eligible for review to become a real-life product. The LEGO Dunder Mifflin has already hit the coveted 10K number, so with any luck, you could eventually see it on the shelves of a toy store near you.

Check out some pictures of Lewis’s design below, or visit the LEGO Ideas site for more details.

LEGO fan Jaijai Lewis's design of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc., a fictional paper company from NBC's TV show 'The Office.'
LEGO Ideas

LEGO fan Jaijai Lewis's design of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc., a fictional paper company from NBC's TV show 'The Office.'
LEGO Ideas

LEGO fan Jaijai Lewis's design of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc., a fictional paper company from NBC's TV show 'The Office.'
LEGO Ideas

LEGO fan Jaijai Lewis's design of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc., a fictional paper company from NBC's TV show 'The Office.'
LEGO Ideas

LEGO fan Jaijai Lewis's design of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc., a fictional paper company from NBC's TV show 'The Office.'
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Knock-Off Versions of Nerf Ammo Can Cause Serious Eye Injuries
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Nerf toy guns and their foam projectiles, as marketed and manufactured by Hasbro, are virtually harmless when used as instructed. But, as reported by CNN, a recent paper in the UK medical journal BMJ Case Reports is providing a reality check when it comes to using the mock weapons and off-brand ammo improperly.

Three unrelated patients were treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London with ocular injuries that were sustained as a result of being "shot" with Nerf guns. Two adults had bleeding and inflammation in the eye; one 11-year-old had bleeding, inflammation, and damage to the outer retinal layer. All three suffered what the paper described as "significant ocular trauma." Attending doctors treated their swelling, and all symptoms resolved within a few weeks.

So what happened? In the case of one patient, a Nerf play session went awry as a result of using non-licensed ammo that isn't subject to Hasbro's quality control measures and may be made of harder materials as a result. On their Nerf landing page, Hasbro cautions users to "never modify any Nerf blasters or other Nerf products. Use only the darts, water, rounds, and discs designed for specific Nerf blasters."

Pediatric ophthalmologists interviewed by CNN recommend that protective eyewear be used whenever anyone is playing with Nerf weapons. It's also advisable never to aim for the face when shooting and to avoid attempting to modify the weapons to shoot faster or farther.

[h/t CNN]

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