In honor of the first day of spring today and American Chocolate Week, March 20-26, I put together a Peeps show. What!?
Let me explain. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed a handful of newspapers sponsoring “Peeps Diorama” contests, including The Washington Post and The Denver Post. I must live under a rock since this is the first time I’ve heard of such a contest, and some are on year five.
Since it was a drab, rainy morning here in Chicago today, I talked my kids into making a Peeps diorama and sweetened the deal with American chocolate snacks: a Hershey’s Symphony bar and a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Almond bar. (My weak attempt at tying in the celebration of American Chocolate Week.)
We agreed on a “Hush, don’t make a Peep,” theme and collected the goods: shoebox, Peeps, edible grass, cotton candy, wrapping paper, construction paper, glue sticks, and scissors.
Sixty minutes and several chocolate squares later, we came up with …
Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail with visions of jelly beans peeping in their heads.
It’s a far cry from The Washington Post’s 2010 winner …
"Eep!" was based on the Pixar movie "Up."
(See slideshow of The Washington Post‘s 2010 winning entries.)
and the The Denver Post’s 2010 winner …
"Peepatar" was based on the 3-D blockbuster "Avatar."
(See slideshow of The Denver Post‘s 2010 winning entries.)
Even so, we had a great time tucking our Peeps into their box beds. It was a creative, kid-friendly project that would be fun to roll out at spring birthday parties, Easter gatherings, and future rainy days. If you get inspired, send me your finished-project pics.
Happy Spring 2011!
The Washington Post, Bill O’Leary
The Denver Post, Cyrus McCrimmon