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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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This Puzzling Math Brain Teaser Has a Simple Solution
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Fans of number-based brainteasers might find themselves pleasantly stumped by the following question, posed by TED-Ed’s Alex Gendler: Which sequence of integers comes next?

1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, ?

Mathematicians may recognize this pattern as a specific type of number sequence—called a “look-and-say sequence"—that yields a distinct pattern. As for those who aren't number enthusiasts, they should try reading the numbers they see aloud (so that 1 becomes "one one," 11 is "two ones," 21 is "one two, one one,” and so on) to figure the answer.

Still can’t crack the code? Learn the surprisingly simple secret to solving the sequence by watching the video below.

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A Beached Whale Sculpture Popped Up on the Banks of Paris's Seine River
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In Paris, dozens of fish varieties live in the Seine River. Now, the Associated Press reports that the famous waterway is home to a beached whale.

Rest assured, eco-warriors: The sperm whale is actually a lifelike sculpture, installed on an embankment next to Notre Dame Cathedral by Belgian artists’ collective Captain Boomer. It’s meant to raise environmental awareness, and evoke "the child in everyone who still is puzzled about what is real and what is not,” collective member Bart Van Peel told the Associated Press.

The 65-foot sculpture has reportedly startled and confused many Parisians, thanks in part to a team of fake scientists deployed to “survey” the whale. One collective member even posted a video on social media, warning Parisians that there “may be others in the water” if they opt to take a dip in the river, The Local reported.

The whale sculpture is only temporary—but as for Captain Boomer, this isn’t their first whale-related stunt. Last summer, the collective installed a similar riverside artwork in Rennes, France, and they also once strapped a large-scale whale sculpture to the back of a truck and drove it around France.

[h/t Associated Press]

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