Need Easter ideas for child who can't eat sweets!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/21/2013 ( 173 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son Kolton can't have chocolate or candy. Any ideas on what I can do for this little boy so he has a great Easter?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2013

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You can do a theme basket: outdoor toys- bubbles, sidewalk chalk & paint, a jump rope, etc. summer basket- swimsuit, floaties, pool toys, a beach towel, sunglasses, etc. Gardening basket- seeds, trowel, watering can, planters, gardening gloves, etc. bug basket- bug catcher can, butterfly net, magnifying glass, etc. Learning basket- books, papers to practice letters, crayons (who can't use new crayons?), activity books, etc. Hope this helps!

Melanie - posted on 03/23/2013

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Our Easter egg hunt is a scavenger hunt to find their Easter baskets. Each plastic egg contains a photo clue of the location for the next egg. When our kids were younger, the photos were taken further away to make it easier for them to find the next egg, but now as they are getting older, we take the photo closer up to make it more difficult for them. The last egg/photo is of where their basket is located. We fill their baskets with a little kite, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, book, nail polish now for our girls getting older or hair accessories. The little boxes of Sun-Maid raisins are a fun addition. Other little ideas would be pool passes for summer coming up and certificates to places like a children's museum, etc that would be a fun memory maker together.

Angela - posted on 03/26/2013

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One of my children is type 1 diabetic so any holiday that centers around sweets is a little different for us. At Easter instead of a chocolate bunny my kids get a bigish toy this year it's going to be a baseball glove and ball (I have all boys). I also get them a new outfit just something like a t-shirt and shorts. In easter eggs I put other things like stickers, or a package of fruitsnacks something small that isn't candy. Last year I filled some eggs with coins and dollar bills for my older kids. I put an inital on each egg so they each got the same amount of money (no arguing over who got more). This year I'm going to include my almost 4 year old whose also my diabetic with the ones who are going to get money. I was even thinking of going to the bank an getting the gold coin dollars my kids really like those. Then they get to go to the store and pick out their own toy which they love to do.

You can also visit Amazon.com they have easter eggs that you can order that already have little toys in them. I got 24 eggs with toys and 36 "dinosaur" eggs that have little toy dinosaurs in them. They were surprisingly cheap. It would probably cost me more time and money to do it myself. We also color eggs and such. I've even done savenger hunts where they get a clue that leads to a toy that has another clue and leads to another toy. That year they got empty easter baskets and had to find all the goodies that went in it. Get creative. My kids don't even miss the candy. They get MONEY!

Just a little side note. For halloween I let my kids go trick or treating but then I buy their candy from them by the pound. They love it and I don't have to say no to my diabetic about not eating the candy AND he gets to go trick or treating too, so he's not left out.

Kelly - posted on 03/24/2013

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Think small toys such as bubbles, water guns, kites, mini pin ball, or small toy figures. A favorite DVD with popcorn. An Easter basket does not have to be filled with sweet treats. My son gets lots of small gifts that rarely include candy (as he really does not like sweets). Coins in plastic eggs or small goodies that fit in eggs is another great idea. You could also do a themed basket with things he likes...a book, stickers, crayons, paints. Movie theme, toy theme, baking theme (if he likes to cook), etc. Let your imagination run wild and in no time you will find great things to make your son's Easter a special day. Good Luck!

Cameron - posted on 03/23/2013

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We usually fill plastic easter eggs with dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, bluberries, etc. My son absolutely loves it and thinks that it is candy.

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Harieta - posted on 04/06/2013

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I am looking at my child smoking his future away. Counseling helps for a while. And his "friends" find him again.

Simone - posted on 04/01/2013

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Try products with xylit(ol); they taste like sugar, are natural, and HEALTHY. They are not like artificial sweeteners. Here in Europe you can buy the xylit "Sugar" and make your own candies or buy already made stuff. It's not cheap, but really cool stuff and great for teeth, with no effect on insulin production. You can bake with it too (except yeast bread).

Elise - posted on 03/31/2013

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Stickers pencils small crafts
Instead of candy do coins pennies and dimes make one egg lucky with a dollar bill
Put coupons in eggs
Remember "rabbits eat healthy"-carrots
If you believe in Christ- they didn't have candy when Christ came

Shauna - posted on 03/28/2013

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My daughter can have sweets, but we learned the hard way candy/sweets = a VERY long day.

So instead I fill her easter eggs with small toys. She LOVES socks, so Ill put one sock of a pair per egg. She also gets necklaces or bracelets. Temporary tattoos, stickers, tiny plastic frogs. Essentially we put into the eggs whatever will fit. The goldfish or pretzles idea is pretty good. Maybe toy soldiers? Be creative!

Ramona - posted on 03/28/2013

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Hi,

When my son was three for Easter I gave him a wagon and tool set to work in the garden with me., Gloves, shovel and hoe. He loved it:)

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2013

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Coins in the easter egg hunt. Stickers, coloring books and finger paint for the real eggs.

Kate - posted on 03/28/2013

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We got my little boy some flash cards, books, a ball, bubbles, Easter themed goldfish crackers and pretzels and fruit snacks!

Veronica - posted on 03/28/2013

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Toys, crayons, money. My son is getting a small bunny in his basket and a new car toy, a new small travel coloring book and a small puzzle. There are lots of great things that are inexpensive and fun that do not involve food in any way.

Julie - posted on 03/27/2013

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My kids are getting fruit snacks and other snack type items that are a bit more healthy.

Lia - posted on 03/27/2013

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Easter isn't even about sweets....it is glorified by sweets. Share with him the ressurection story, teach him about Jesus, what easter is all about. Holidays are meant for families so quality time is what it's meant for...show your son you care about him not by loading him up on sweets but enjoying a board game with him, a sporting event or some other event.

Sweetgirlsmama - posted on 03/27/2013

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Hi Liz. My baby is tube fed and can not enjoy the normal Easter treats. I got her a bubble machine and some outside toys and clothes. She also gets hair bows and other things she can enjoy. Maybe for Kolton you could get him a dump truck toy and fill the back with eggs that you will with coins for his piggy bank, small toys, etc... With special children moms have to get creative! Good luck and happy Easter to you and kolton!

Emma - posted on 03/27/2013

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Happy Easter Kolton, my 4 year old does not seem to really mind what comes in the eggs, its all about finding them. I hide all kinds of things for him to find like new baseballs, socks, his favorite is new undies, matchbox cars, stamps, notebooks with pens attatched for "writing" his plans and drawing treasure maps later. He does not really like the candy though he can have it and does get some. If it does not fit in the egg then I just hide it anyway. Oh and make flour bunny prints in the yard or house for him to follow, if you have a fence stick some fake fur on it where the Easter Bunny got into the yard. Its all about the game! Good luck and I hope it all works out for you.

Calleagh - posted on 03/27/2013

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If he can have wheat products, what about making cupcakes or muffins decorated with dried fruit, shredded coconut, nuts, etc??? You could probably bake them in the shape of an egg using tin foil or you could purchase molds. If these food ideas are also off limits, we make Easter bunny biscuits every year. Very simple. Found the recipe in the Joy of Cooking. Also focusing on the non-edibles...what about decorating a basket with small gifts inside. This year, our five year old will receive a large magnet, a punching balloon, and some flip-flops in his basket. Non-sugar food items will include beef jerky, dried fruit (mangos, whole bananas, figs), nuts, and fresh fruit (you could even decorate the fruit if that is a possiblity). Good luck and happy Easter!

Bonnie - posted on 03/27/2013

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I do not do candy for my little girl anymore either as my dad has a big easter egg hunt at his house for her...so I do up a basket with chalk,crayons,bubbles,coloring book, her favorite juice,a book,an outfit and a cuddly! :)

Elaine - posted on 03/27/2013

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There are many sugar-free candies out there that are really delicious. I know because I am a diabetic, and I have tried several including the chocolates. How about puzzles, coloring books, colored eggs. Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

Jennylynn - posted on 03/27/2013

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well if your little guy likes fruit thin make him a fruit basket. my sisters little girl is the same way. NO candy at all for her, so we do fruit every year fore her and the other kids. maybe stick some sugar free suckers and other sugar free odd and end candy in it to. along with a bunny or a toy they like :)

Heather - posted on 03/27/2013

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What about healthier peanut or almond butter rice crispy treats made with honey or agave, and prewrapped in saran wrap. Also, when my kiddos were younger I filled their baskets mostly with little toys I knew they would love, like stocking stuffers. What about coupons like, a date with mom or dad, he gets to pick the menu for dinner, movie night, he gets to pick the movie, etc. Good luck! We avoid candy and cannot do food coloring, so we are used to getting creative. You will make it a special Easter just by showering him your love..

Nicole - posted on 03/27/2013

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I'd fill a basket with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, new pjs, swimsuit, swim toys, a favorite book, movie and/or some favorite snacks of his. I put coins in eggs for my girls instead of candy.
Happy Easter!! :)

Lisa - posted on 03/27/2013

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This year I've bought some plastic Easter eggs for a hunt with my 10, 3 and 1 year old girls and I'm filling them with different things like : trail mix, mini lip balm, Amy's organic bunny crackers, mini nail polish, Lego, hair clips, play dough,
I will save the eggs for next years hunt too :)
For their easter baskets I've got some wash cloths and bath toys for the baby and gardening tools and seeds for the big girls.

Of course these are mostly girly things but you get the idea

Jenny - posted on 03/27/2013

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Fill a basket up with matchbox cars. When my son was that age, he loved them. My kids are teens now, and I'm planning on filling up some baskets w/ crayola stuff. They love to paint and draw. Just get creative with whatever you know he likes! ; ) And have fun w/ it!

TIA - posted on 03/27/2013

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the party section at walmart has some fun (cheap) basket fillers. it is the aisle that has all the party themed paper plates, gift wrap, balloons and what not. they have bins full of awesome little toys like bouncy balls, kaleidoscopes, mini crayons, sunglasses, bubbles, and more

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2013

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I never did understand what candy had to do with it... My girl get outside toys, fruit that is in season, and we do eggs. If your where you are coming into fall instead of spring a umbrella and other outside stuff. It does not have to be a lot but something like a ball and two mitts (one for you and one for him) or basketball ect.

Stacey - posted on 03/27/2013

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You can fill the plastic eggs with tattoos, stickers, matchbox cars, and such. Instead of a candy filled basket. Fill with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a small track for his new cars, stuff like that. Then what we do is we tie yarn from our daughters door knob throughout the house to outside and back in, in and out of cabinets, and the end is her Easter basket. She has fun following the yarn. We have to follow behind helping her gather as she goes. We even make an Easter piñata and fill with small toys. We also make the confetti eggs. They love gettig mom and dad with them! I never give candy or chocolate. Besides they end up lovin all the little toys and we feel like we didn't waste money on tons of candy I don't like them eating or don't want them to eat. Nothing ruins a holiday like 4 kids running around on a sugr high. Hope this helps.

Helen - posted on 03/27/2013

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Try the Greek Orthodox tradition of dying real eggs; bake cookies in the shape of bunnies etc and hide them. bake, wrap and hide truffels.

Heather - posted on 03/27/2013

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I usually find something they enjoy, an activity, last year it was gardening, so I bought them gardening tools and science explore stuff, like magnifying glasses, etc.. The toys last longer than candy. If your doing eggs, fill his with different amounts of coins, 1 penny, 2 pennies, 1 dollar, etc..

Jacquie - posted on 03/26/2013

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In many health shops they have dried fruit chips, these are really good snacks for kids who are unable to tolerate sugar - I have used them myself for my little girl. Rice buscuits, and other fresh juices etc. Also to think about are the savoury recipees that can be quit a treat.

Linda - posted on 03/26/2013

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My granddaughter can have chocolate/candy but I usally buy her new pyjamas and some small toys for easter. this year I have included a barbie cup, an umberella (we are coming into to winter) and a dvd in her basket with her pyjamas :-)

Patricia - posted on 03/26/2013

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Make him a basket of fruit with matchbox cars in the big eggs we usually place the candy in, coloring book, crayons and his favorite bubble bath. Oh don't forget to color the eggs with him. Wow miss those days, lol.

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2013

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I've always limited the sweets in the bakets, anyway. My kids get things like bubbles, trail mix, books and mvies, arts and craft supplies, bubble bath...little things that can be picked up for about the same cost as candy, or maybe even a little less. Matchbox or Hot Wheels cars, sandbox toys, depending on the severity of the limits, perhaps crackers or cookies for a treat?

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2013

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we like to make fruit leather. we use the dehydrator but you can also do it in the oven. it is fruit puree, almost any kind. you do not need to add sugar, you could add honey if you wanted but not necessary. when they are done roll them up and tie a little string around it. it's fun and it takes a while for kids to eat them because it is leathery and they have to chew a lot, so it slows them down in their eating.

Cristine - posted on 03/26/2013

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Hi! I never give my daughter candy .i always make her basket with all little toys usually a theme. I fill plastic eggs with money!!!!! U can get a stuffed animal rabbit and put plastic eggs around it fill them with money then put little toys trucks or cars maybe a Easter video cd sunglasses,sidewalk chalk crayons coloring books a small puzzle things like that!!!! He will love it!!!!!

Ann - posted on 03/26/2013

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If you have a Target in the area, check the dollar bins. I didn't give my daughter and candy last year. Ideas- bubbles, crayons, stickers, small toys, coins in plastic eggs, etc.

Megan - posted on 03/26/2013

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Crayola paints, bath bubbles, fruit snacks, pool toys for summer.... you could also fill the eggs up with pennies/nickels and let him fill up his piggy bank (or include one in the basket)

Melissa - posted on 03/26/2013

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a couple of my children can't have to much candy too. So what I do is give them there favorite fruit and veggies. but I shape them in the theme. Such as make a bunny out of carrots, raisin, salad mix (the colors doesn't have to match up)

Deanna - posted on 03/26/2013

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My kids have never had candy or sweets in their Easter baskets. They get some small presents. I put clues to where the "prizes" are hidden in those little plastic eggs in their baskets and then they go on a little scavenger hunt to find their prize. It works out well. For my 4 year old we just use pictures on the notes to tell him where to find his "prize"

Joquena - posted on 03/26/2013

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I like to put things in plastic eggs like tattoos, bracelets and stickers. Since it's a little boy you could even break up a lego set and put a few pieces in each egg. That way he still gets to pick up eggs, but no candy. http://www.modernhomemakers.com

Dawn - posted on 03/26/2013

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Every year for my son I make my own basket, something he can use. One year I did a back pack and filled it with books, clothes, art supplies. Another year I did a sand toy dump truck and filled it with no sugar apple sauces. Last year I filled a plastic basket he can use for organizing his toys in his room and filled that with school supplies and hot wheels cars. He loves his Easter basket every year!

Nikki - posted on 03/26/2013

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Edible arrangements has beautiful fruit arrangements and I really like the art supplies idea or sports stuff. Maybe a new video game to play after coloring eggs!

Terri - posted on 03/26/2013

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I would buy him art supplies. Fill an Easter basket with colored pencils, sketch books, paints, glue sticks, glitter and other fun materials. Bake him some healthy cookies with carrots, carob and oatmeal. You could sweeten with agave or honey. How about a book celebrating the holiday. Our family has begun a new tradition where we get fewer "things" and instead give one another experiences: movie, visit a museum, sleepover with relative or friend. Not giving candy on Easter may be the most brilliant idea yet. It is all about the new beginning and the opportunity to start anew: introduce a new hobby, cook together, paint a wall in your home!
Now I am excited about making this a fun, family Easter with new adventures!

Anita - posted on 03/26/2013

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Well dying the eggs if fun he would love that most kids do :) Maybe you can do jello or pudding type something or other like a jello egg or pudding pie I hope that helps

Meegan - posted on 03/26/2013

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My oldest cant do sweets. He loves cars and trains so I buy large plastic eggs and put matchbox cars, stickers, or money in them. We also put things like bubbles, chalk, sand toys, stocking-stuffer sized lego sets and a few books in his basket.

Melanie - posted on 03/26/2013

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Last year I filled real egg shells with glitter. I also put a helium filled Easter balloon into a box and wrapped it up. They were thrilled - ages 3 and 4.
This year I got a metal fun colored pail and put kid sized gardening apron, trowel, spade, gloves, some packets of seeds, bubbles in carrot shaped containers, those little pills that "grow" when added to water, a rubber ducky and a tiny spring themed doll. (This was for a girl obviously.) We are doing real dyed eggs and only a few plastic ones. The plastic ones have felt stickers and fake tats and some bath fizzies too to combat the dirt we will inevitably be digging into.
A fun idea I just thought of for the bubbles in carrot shapes. Plant "magic" carrot seeds the night before and when he wakes up he could find they have "grown" into carrot bubbles. It's just an idea. I hope you find something fun for Kolton! Happy early Easter!

Peggy - posted on 03/26/2013

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i make date balls at xmas and u could do these at easter. i cannot do sugar, honey. lots of recipes online- you just have to dig to find recipes that are just dates, nutbutter, etc. with no sugar. look up low carb desert recipes too. or make deserts with erithitol sweetner. i made homemade banna pudding with that sweetner- also lots of stores and wal marts sell larbara bars that have just dired fruit, nuts with flavs like key lime pie or bannana bread. soft and chewey . the labara w/chocolate chips are only ones with sugar. you can also go to whole foods, earth fare grocery stores or local health food stores to look for things. i love "go raw cookies" from my local health fd str which are just dates, sesame seeds, and coconut- yummy crunchy but a little expensive.

Danielle - posted on 03/26/2013

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When my guy was little our bunny always brought him carrots the baby ones. Then a special toy sometimes fruit. I just went for making it pretty then in the eggs I would put stickers money etceaster coloring pages or craft etc.

Tamika - posted on 03/26/2013

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I do not allow my kids much for sweets either-I am not sure your reasoning-but I have included fun applesauce pouches-they have organic fruit mixed ones (they are a SPECIAL treat in our house as we do not do packaged food often at all) and very simple ingredients (the one toady said "organic apple, organic pear" and that was all-less than $2 each. This year-we are giving our kids jump ropes, hula hoops, games fun outside toys. I also got them some crayons in the shape of legos-they will love them!

Sylvie - posted on 03/26/2013

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For my son, I had bought a bunch of the little plastic eggs that you can put things into them and put various coins (nickels, dimes, quarters) into them and he had the greatest time collecting them!!! He was soooo thrilled.

Angel - posted on 03/26/2013

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I have gotten plastic Army men, Farm Animals, bubbles, jacks, stickers, Hot Wheels/Matchbox Cars, Stuffed Animals of course, Bath Toys, and sometimes even a DVD for the kids in the family since they tend to get so much candy from all the other houses (2 sets of grandparents etc). Last year I bought t-shirts for all the older kids instead of candy. They all really liked it, for the girls I've bought them earrings, hair barrettes/bows/gems etc. One year they all got the newest Harry Potter movie.

Jacquelyn - posted on 03/26/2013

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My son can have candy, but some other stuff besides candy that I like to put into his Easter basket is a Bible or another Easter book. My mom gets each grandchild a new Easter outfit for church, and this year she is doing a basket that has flowers so the kids can see new life as the flowers bloom. We also do Easter eggs with money and we hunt those so it makes it more exciting. I hope these ideas are helpful.

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