Easter Treat Activity

EASTER RACE CAR PEEPS

ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH KIDS #3

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I needed an activity to do for Activity Days with a group of 10 and 11-year-old girls. It needed to be something they could eat at the end of the activity. I wanted it to be something they could make without a lot of mess in the kitchen or using the stove. I went on Pinterest to get some ideas and I found this one here.

STEP 1 purchase and gather items

  • Twinkies
  • Peeps
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies
  • M&M’s
  • Frosting
  • Marshmallows
  • Paper plates
  • knife

The store that I went to didn’t have any bunny peeps and so I bought the chick peeps. Then I went to a different store and found the bunnies. The girls decided to use the chick peeps as hood ornaments on their race cars.

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It doesn’t really matter what is used for the wheels or decorations. Some of the girls used big marshmallows cut in half. Some used mini colored marshmallows. Other’s used Nilla Wafers. Some even used pretzels. They all used a variety of things.

Frosting

The Frosting is needed for the “glue” to hold things together. We found that the M&M’s didn’t stick very well to the cookies for hubcaps, using the frosting. So, we used little pieces of marshmallow.

What should I do for frosting?

I couldn’t decide what to buy to use for the frosting. I was staring at the huge selection of frosting and cake decorating supplies, wondering which would be the easiest, cheapest, and the best thing to use with a group of girls. A lady in the grocery store suggested I make my own frosting and use little baggies with the corner cut as the pastry bags. She also suggested putting a little bit of flour in the frosting. She said it makes it a little stiffer and will hold things together better.


FROSTING RECIPE

  • 1 1/3 cups butter or margarine, cold and firm
  • 8 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 Tablespoons milk or cream

DIRECTIONS

Place butter in a bowl, with an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Add sugar a cup at a time and beat well after each addition. Add vanilla, then add milk or cream a little at a time and beat well.

A LITTLE BIT OF STUBBORNNESS

Maybe I should follow the directions better when I make things, but I rarely do exactly what a recipe tells me to do. This recipe isn’t any different and so I didn’t follow it exactly. I don’t sift the powdered sugar and I usually melt the butter. It turns out okay, but it tends to be runny and so I need to add more powdered sugar until it is the consistency I need. I also added about 3 Tablespoons of flour to the mixture this time.

HOW TO MAKE PEEP RACE CARS

  • Open the Twinkie and place it on a paper plate.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut out a place towards the back of the Twinkie for the peep and pretzel to fit in. I thought we could use a plastic knife and let the kids do it themselves but it didn’t work very well and so I used a serrated edged steak knife, and cut it for them.
  • Place a peep in the notch and put a pretzel in front of it for the steering wheel.
  • Use icing to attach the wheels and any decorations.
  • Get creative and make them unique
  • Enjoy eating them.

GREAT ACTIVITY TO DO WITH GRANDKIDS

After we finished at Activity Days, I still had some stuff left over. So I had my grand-kids make some peep race-cars. They had so much fun. It was great to see the different styles of creativity.

One great thing about this activity is if you want to give your kids a little “pay back.” Fill the grand-kids full of sugar and send them home.

GREAT ACTIVITY FOR ANY AGE

Later that evening we did this activity with my kids at home. This turned out to be an awesome activity for all the kids, no matter what age they were. So we had ten 10-11-year-old girls, 4 of my grandkids, and 3 of my own children do this great Easter activity. If you need a simple, relatively inexpensive, fun activity to do as a family, or with a group, or with your grandkids, then try making these awesome Race-car Peeps.

COMMENT

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Let me know what you used for the wheels. Thank you.

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