Thursday, April 21, 2011

Peep Art

I'm sure your familiar with those ooey gooey sugary marshmallow treats that appear on store shelves around Easter and other holidays.  Peeps.  While I am not a big fan of them, my children love them. Every time my grandparents visit they bring a box for them to dig into.  Just like they did this weekend.  And they brought two boxes of little yellow bunnies. In case you didn't know, yellow is Just Born's (the company that manufacturers them) bestselling color of these confections.

Yesterday, I had visited with a friend who has a son Emily's age.  She had made carrot oatmeal cookies with raisins, covered them in green frosting, added jellybeans and Peep bunnies nestled in a bed of edible grass.  It reminded me of  last year when Em and I had made Peeptastic Peep Art.

It also reminded me of how I am behind this year with the whole Easter thing.  We visited the Easter Bunny and went to an Easter Egg Hunt but that has been it.  No decorating eggs.  We haven't even decorated the house.


Decorating is on the to-do list today.  I figured we would make a day of it and decorate and make Peep art.  Em had fun playing with all the edible supplies and getting her hands covered in frosting glue last year.  I knew by her reaction to my friends Peep creations that she would love to do it again.

First thing this morning I trekked to the grocery store, gathered all the goodies (taking advantage of the bulk candy aisle where you could scoop out a few pieces to buy rather than buying an entire package of candy), and assembled my creations before the girls even stirred.

I figured we would create our masterpieces this morning during snack time.  Nothing like a little sugar before leaving for their weekly play date where they could play and run off their sugar highs outside before heading home for naps.

This year our theme is gardens and edible jewelry. I assembled them in less than 10 minutes just so you could see what they looked like.  You can use whatever you have on hand (including any candy your kids have already gotten from school parties or Easter Egg Hunts or family members if your family is anything like mine).

To create the little garden I used the following supplies:
  • Butter loaf cake (you can use any kind of cake)
  • Frosting (you can add food coloring if you have it)
  • Green sugar crystals
  • Sugar wafers that I split and cut for the fence
  • Peeps (of course)
  • Gummy worms
  • Pretzel sticks and Fruit Gems for the flowers
For the edible jewelry all you need is the following supplies:
  • Licorice lace
  • Fruit loops or Cheerios
  • Peeps
It is super easy and fun for the kids to create their own creations.

Have a Peeparific time!

What kind of Peep art would you make?


Sarita said...

Cute! I thought of using them as a paintbrush! But I keep eating them all.

parenting ad absurdum said...

Cute! I'd way rather use than for art than eat them ;).

Stephanie Faris said...

How CUTTTTE! I tried peeps a few years ago and they don't taste the way I remember them, which is shocking, to say the least. Apparently our tastebuds change? But I hadn't had these since childhood and I can distinctly remember the taste. In adulthood, it tasted like I'd just eaten plain sugar.

Joy@TPMG said...

Stephanie, I really do think our taste buds change! I remember trying sphagetti O's about two years ago and barely being able to swallow them. Yet, I loved them as a child.

PAA, I totally agree!

Sarita, I love the idea of using them as a paintbrush. I could melt some chocolate and let the kids dip the Peeps in it and stamp a paper plate or parchment paper. I may have to do that!

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