It’s Peeps season. We always seem to get a pack or two, but there are only so many of the sugary sweet bunnies and chicks you can eat. Then they just kind of sit there, getting old and stale.
What do you do with them once the sugar fest is over?
Over the years the candy has become popular for a variety of Easter crafts.
Your child will have lots of fun making a Peep catapult and using it in this fun Peeps game.
Catapulting Peeps is one of the fun games for kids you could play during spring break or as part of a weekend family game day.
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- Craft Stick Catapult (or other catapulting device)
- Marshmallow Peeps
- Easter Baskets
- Post-It Notes and Marker
The marshmallow Peeps are soft and light, making them perfect for flinging inside as well as outside.
To find out how to make a Peeps catapult, check out our craft stick catapult tutorial.
Once you have your catapults ready, it’s time to set up the rest of the catapulting Peeps game.
Line 3-4 Easter baskets up. These will be your targets. (We used Easter buckets.)
Use Post-It notes and a marker to label how many points each basket is worth, making the nearest one the least amount of points and the furthest worth the most.
To play, have kids take turns catapulting 5 marshmallow bunnies or chicks into the buckets. Add up the points to see who has the most.
This Peeps activity is fun all on its own, but it’s also a great way to reinforce math skills your child may be working on.
If they are working on counting by 10’s you can make the baskets worth 10, 20, 30 points and help them count by 10’s to add up the score.
If they are working on multiplying by 2, 5, and 10 make the baskets worth those points. Then when you add up points you can work on multiplying skills. (You have 2 bunnies worth 5 points each. 2 x 5 = 10 points total.)
- Older kids will have fun building their own catapult and experimenting with how simple changes will affect how far the chick or bunny will fly. Which works best, having 3 craft sticks in the cross bar or 5?
- Try making a different type of Peeps catapult.
- Get out a tape measure and measure how far the Peeps fly.
Once the kids are full of sugar, try making a Peep catapult and using it in this fun Peeps game.
You may also like:
- 10 Peeps Experiments for Kids from Lemon Lime Adventures
- Make a Glowing Rubber Egg Experiment
- 15 Fun Ways to Learn with Plastic Eggs
Originally published March 30, 2017.