Easter is over. You have a basket of empty plastic eggs and a mountain of Easter grass that you’re starting to pack up for its annual snooze in the garage or basement. You also have about 4,000 peeps laying around, and you know that it’d be wrong to let your kid eat them all. If you’re like me, you don’t like the thought of throwing away food, even the sugary food that’s like an edible can of soda, without it getting some kind of use. So, is there anything we can do with this sugary Easter candy that makes it into your house every Spring?
Turn it into a fun art project!!!! Not only is it a fun way to create art with your kid, you won’t be tempted to eat a marshmallow that’s covered in glue and paint…too much.
- PEEPS (bunnies)
- Easter grass
- Plastic Easter eggs
- White glue
- Glue stick (optional)
- Washable paint
- Paint brushes
PEEP SPRING ART SCENE
First take out a sturdy piece of stock paper, something that can withhold paint and glue.
Have your kid take the glue and cover the bottom quarter of the paper. My daughter used a glue stick here. I think white glue here would be too wet.
Next, your child will press strands of the Easter grass into the glue. Extra fun cred for being allowed to get messy.
After the layer of grass has been applied, take the bottle of white glue (not a stick) and squirt out enough for the size of a Peep.
Take a Peep and press it into the wet glue. We used three bunnies. Fill the page with those critters if you like.
If you take a look at the above photo, you’ll see that there’s a splotch of yellow sugar. I had my daughter try it with glue stick, but it just didn’t have enough power to grip the sugary coating. I at first tried to cleverly cut it out of the photo, but then I made it a teaching lesson. Score.
After the bunnies are stuck, pour a few colors of paint onto a paper plate or something. I used a spare paper lunch bag. My daughter chose a few colors that she thought were “spring” like. Think pastels, or flowery colors.
Open an egg and have your child rub the open end into the paint.
Stamp it onto the paper. I had told her to just put them over the grass, but she wanted to go egg crazy, so egg crazy she went. There are no rules.
Next, your kid will take a paint brush and choose a paint to color the peeps.
Since we first picked yellow paint, and the peeps are yellow, we switched it up to pink. Brilliant.
Set aside and allow the glue and paint to dry.
After the glue and paint are dry, finish up the project by having them color in the eggs with crayons to make them like colorful Easter eggs floating around the sky for some reason.
After the glue has dried thoroughly, hang it proudly on your wall until summer time.*
BONUS: STAMPING PROJECT
Since you have all these sticky candies and paint laying around, why not do something else while the paint dries? This project is also great for younger babies who don’t have firm grips on paint brushes yet.
Get another sheet of paper.
This time, stick the peeps directly in the paint, and then…
PEEP STAMP THE WORLD!
Okay, that was a little too fun.
I like how the sugar mixes with the paint and makes it look like glitter.
My daughter loved doing this and being able to have her hands be a sticky mess.
And yes, I let her have a peep afterward. After all, I’m not that cruel.
Now you can pack up the rest of the Easter gear and know that the extra Peeps that you weren’t going to eat or have your kids eat got some extra use.
I hope that you liked this project and find it fun to do with your family. Do you have any other suggestions before I trek this stuff downstairs? If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for reading.
*Stay-At-Home Hero is not responsible for ants finding your artwork and eating it…this is totally not a ploy to set up an article about getting rid of ants in the future.