To a kid, Easter eggs are pretty special. The variety I grew up with, and which are still the most popular in the United States, are the brightly colored, plastic type. This kind are fantastic for egg hunts; their plastic egg shells impervious to spring dew and dirt. They fit in the palm of your hand and hold within them untold wonders. Nothing to improve upon, except maybe that plastic shell, but take that away and there is nothing left but a grass-stuck chocolate, melting in the sun.

Because these things are of Utmost Importance, I went on an egg hunt of my own, and discovered that there is a whole world of beautiful, non-plastic Easter eggs. I first discovered German paper eggs in my old Polish neighborhood in Brooklyn.

They are usually larger than the plastic eggs of my youth, but just like the plastic variety, these open up, like little boxes, to be filled with whatever treat you’d like. Some are large enough for a small stuffed animal!

They can be tricky to find, but eBay usually has multiple listings for German paper eggs of varying ages and sizes. On a recent trip to IKEA, I found some very large paper eggs:

My kids spied these before I could squirrel them away, so they’re a bit wrinkled and bashed from play, but have stood up remarkably well, considering that they are made of paper.

This last option is nice because, unlike the paper eggs (which can certainly be reused, if they survive one season) they are made of metal.

This is one of last year’s designs by the Danish company, Maileg. Charming!


Of course, my five year old is on to me. Just the other day, he was mock-lamenting that his little cousin probably won’t be able to find any eggs if we use the paper kind, “because they’re just not bright enough.” He may be right, so I have some Eco Eggs, leftover from last year, just in case such difficulty may arise.


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