Fun Things to Do With Peeps (Besides Eating Them)
Easter brings plenty of traditions, both religious and non-religious. Chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts, and Peeps all fit in the latter category.
Peeps have become an Easter staple, as almost everyone ends up with these colorful, sugar covered marshmallow bunnies and chicks in an Easter basket. And they are a tasty treat … for a while. But after you’ve eaten one or 10 or 100, they lose their luster.
So if you’re ready to toss all of those extra Peeps in the trash (or re-wrap them and save them until next year; do they ever get stale?), consider repurposing them. We’ve collected five fun things you can do with Peeps beyond eating them.
1. Make Peeps Into Play Dough
The best part of this Peeps play dough recipe is that if the kids “accidentally” eat some of the play dough, it’s no big deal. Everything that goes into the recipe is edible … as long as you consider Peeps edible, of course.
You can use any color of Peeps, as well as corn starch, vegetable oil, and water to create this recipe. The Still Playing School web site has a great recipe for Peeps play dough.
2. Painting With Peeps
Just pick up some Tempera paint and pour it onto paper plates. Collect Peeps of several shapes (the color of the Peeps doesn’t matter). You then can use the shapes of the Peeps as stamps onto poster board or construction paper.
Painting with Peeps will be sloppy, so have plenty of newspaper or a drop cloth on the floor. (And if you have leftover Halloween Peeps, shaped like Jack-o-Lanterns or ghosts, this is a good way to get rid of them too!)
3. Science Experiments With Peeps
Try different liquids to see which of them can dissolve the Peeps. Place the Peeps in plastic or glass cups and add different household liquids to see what kind of effect they have on the Peeps.
This can take a few days, and it’s not good for younger kids who may be tempted to eat the Peeps out of the glasses. But for older kids who enjoy science and who like to track progress, have them take notes on the look of the Peeps two or three times a day.
4. Dioramas With Peeps
Make some dioramas with the Peeps. For smaller kids, this may involve having the Peeps interact with their action figures. For adults, they may involve putting Peeps in compromising positions and sharing the photos on social media.
Search the Internet for photos of Peeps doing crazy things and you’ll see: Peeps have interesting lives.
5. The Classic: Microwave Peeps
This is the most popular thing to do with Peeps that you don’t plan to eat. If you’ve ever had a secret desire to destroy as many Peeps as possible, this is a fun way. Just don’t let it go more than a couple of minutes unless you want to clean up a gooey mess. Peeps microwaved too long can end up causing broken plates too.
And if you feel like you have to eat the microwaved Peeps, try making them into s’mores!
Bonus Idea: Competitive Peeps Eating
If you can’t bring yourself to waste perfectly good Peeps with the ideas above, consider eating as many Peeps as you can, and call it training. You then can join the amateur division of the National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship that’s held around Easter each year in Alexandria, Va. This isn’t quite as famous as Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, but the Peeps contest does draw competitive eaters from around the world.
The winner ate 200 Peeps a couple of years ago … and lived to tell about it. I don’t know if this qualifies as fun things to do with Peeps, but it’s probably a good way to make yourself sick.