If this isn’t just what dreams are made of for small children, then we don’t know what is.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, January 4, the official police account for Germany’s Lower Saxony region tweeted about a strange occurrence that had taken place on the island of Langeoog, which lies off the country’s northern coast.
— Polizei Aurich / WTM (@Polizei_AUR_WTM) January 4, 2017
The otherwise gray and chilly-looking beach had been covered in brightly colored plastic containers—looking as if an Easter egg hunt had come several months early.
While the bright multi-colored plastic balls added a colorful pop to the beach, making for great photo fodder, the story gets even cooler from there.
— Hubert De Meulder (@HubertDeMeulder) January 5, 2017
The balls are actually the toy containers found inside Kinder Eggs, thousands of which apparently washed up on the beach of Langeoog in the aftermath of a storm.
These plastic containers come inside chocolate Kinder Eggs and hold their own surprise inside, usually a small plastic toy or figurine of some kind.
As you can imagine, local children were pumped to find their local beach littered with these containers.
— Burkhard Ewert (@EwertBurkhard) January 4, 2017
In the aftermath of the storm, island residents have since been picking up the toys both for amusement and in an effort to keep the beach clean.
— Happy dolls travel (@traveler_gang) January 5, 2017
A German publication reported that the mayor had organized clean-up in order to prevent the plastic from disintegrating and polluting the water.
The same publication reported that Cyrillic script was found on the toys, which lead locals to believe the toys had been destined for Russia.
While it’s unfortunate that these toys didn’t reach their destination, this colorful mishap is one we’re sure the residents of this German island won’t soon forget.