Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Easter Peep Writing Activity

If you are looking for a fun Easter writing activity, you have to try Adopt a Peep! This is seriously one of the most fun activities we have done all year!

So let me set the stage......What if you came to school one day and the Easter Bunny had stopped by for a visit? What if he left you a basket of baby “peeps” to care for until he could come back to get them? Well that's exactly what happened in our classroom!

I filled some plastic Easter eggs with blue and pink marshmallow peeps (one peep per egg....except for the egg that had twins! How fun!) and then I put them in a cute Easter bucket that I found at the Dollar Tree, with the official letter from the Easter Bunny! 

You can imagine how excited the kids were when they came in and saw this! The letter told us that the Easter Bunny was very busy getting ready for Easter and didn't have time to care for this new batch of baby peeps that were about to be born.  

He asked us to care for the peeps until he could come back to pick them up. Each child chose an egg from the bucket and then we had to say a magic poem to wake them up.  
When they opened their egg, they had either a boy (blue) or girl (pink) peep. One little girl had twins in her egg!

We worked together to create this anchor chart together.  We needed to know how to care for our new babies so we brainstormed what we thought peeps would eat, where they would live, and some good peep names.  

After this we were ready to give our peeps a name and fill out it's Birth Certificate!

Next we needed to make our peeps a little nest.  They needed a safe place to live while they were in our care. We used styrofoam cups, which we decorated with permanent marker, and filled them with easter grass. 

We created a baby book for our peeps, as well.  We included things like where our peep went on it's first outing, a picture of it's shell, and pictures of our peeps little friends!

Each child also received some "Bunny Money" (jelly beans) that they could use if they needed to hire a baby sitter.  Since no little baby should ever be left all alone, the students hired baby sitters to watch their peep if they needed to go to the bathroom or leave the classroom.  They LOVED this.  If they started to get low on money, they had to offer their services as a baby sitter to make money! 

When it was time for the students to go to our special classes (art, gym, music), the peeps took a nap and I told them I would watch over baby sitting money needed!

The kids even took their peeps home over night.  They had to care for it and read it a bedtime story.  I sent a letter home to the parents explaining that this was a lesson in responsibility for the students and they MUST return their peep the next day! I'm glad to say that all the peeps came back to school unharmed (and  

This was seriously one of the best activities we did all year! The kids absolutely LOVED it.  They had a lot of fun, while also learning about being responsible.  If you want to have your kids try it out, you can grab your own Adopt A Peep right here.  This product comes with everything you need to do this exact lesson.  All you need to provide is the peeps, jelly beans and plastic eggs! Have fun!