Here was the event breakdown:
Approach a bit different: we hosted the event AFTER Easter this year! Why?! BC the Peeps are a fraction of the cost and we could have exponentially more!!! I asked people to pick them up after Easter and they were ALL donated this year! I didn't have to purchase any myself which protected my KidMin budget, which is always awesome. We also moved the event outside this year.
No dress up: Since this event didn't lend itself to dressing up like we normally challenge kids to do, we challenged them to make Bible story dioramas in a shoe box using PEEPS to tell the Bible story! I was so surprised at how many kids brought in the Peeps dioramas! Kids got an extra prize for bringing these. Then, we had a big prize for the winning Peep bible story!
Choosing teams: with the awesome assortment of Peeps now a days, we chose purple, pink, green, and blue Peeps, pulled them apart (have wet wipes handy), and stuck them inside a big bag. As kids arrived, we had them reach in the bag without looking and select a Peep. If they drew purple, they were on the purple team, etc. This was a great way to mix kids up! Team coaches were all ready in their spots and held up signs designating their team color so that kids knew where to go to find their teams.
More Give-A-Ways: because one of my awesome KidMin friends on the "Children's Pastors Only" Facebook group posted a 50% off link one day I was able to purchase all sorts of extra Peeps prizes..we had Peeps frisbees, cups, balls, socks, etc. As kids arrived they were given a ticket with a number on it. We drew numbers at the end for these fun give-a-ways.
Score: we kept score using neon mailing labels. Teams received one point for winning a game. Team captains would then wear the mailing label. It was super easy to generate enthusiasm by constantly calling out the scores between the teams. The bright labels definitely helped with that! And, it was easy for the captains to keep track of the score.
We had ten events this year so it was JAM PACKED. We had to keep things moving. Nothing will lose a group of kids quicker than down time while you set the next game up. We have done so many theme nights that we've gotten to where things are pretty seamless and quick paced. We had EACH game in a large bag....inside the bag were gallon sized baggies with game supplies for EACH team...that way we were simply passing out bags for games and didn't have to take time to distribute each item. Bags were lined up in order of the events and we were able to just go down the line. Definitely the smoothest way we've conducted our themed events.
Bobbing For Peeps: just like it sounds! We filled a wading pool with water that afternoon then right before the event we filled the pool with Peeps. One player from each team was chosen.
We put mostly one color (yellow) in the pool and a few of a couple of others. If you pulled out a yellow, it was worth one point, if you got a blue it was worth two, and if you got a green it was worth three. Points all added up afterwards and the team with the highest score was the winner.
**towels were available after this game! They were needed.
Peep tower: One player chosen from each team. Each player was given a pile of Peeps on a napkin and instructed to stack them as high as possible in one minute using only their teeth. The team with the highest tower at the end of the minute was the winner.
Peep suck up: We did this one last year too and it's a favorite. Each team is given a pile of Peeps at their start line. Each player is given a straw. One at a time, they suck up the Peep using their straw, race to the designated spot, deposit the Peep and race back to start. First team finished is the winner.
Peeps Off The Chain: Using a 4 ft section of curling ribbon, we carefully tied the (rabbit type) Peeps by the necks and made a long string. We tied 4 Peeps to each string. Two kids from each team are chosen. One holds the string and the other is on their knees and ready to eat the Peeps. After one minute, the team that has the cleanest string (using no hands) is declared the winner.
Peep Devour: A stack of five Peeps is placed on a plate in front of a kid. (one from each team) and is instructed to eat as many of them as possible in one minutes time, using no hands.
Behind the Back Peep Toss: Two kids represent each team. One is the tosser and one the catcher. Tossers turned their backs to their team members and tossed the Peeps....the catcher was given a pie tin. The team whose player caught the most after one minute was declared the winner.
Balloon Burst: Who knew that Peeps would go inside a balloon?!! Here's the secret, you have to let them set out for a few days ahead of time before you prepare for this game. Taking a hard Peep, you stretch the end of a balloon over the Peep, then inflate the balloon as normal. In lines, kids passed the balloons over, under, etc. to the back of the line. The last person was instructed to "free their Peep" by bursting the balloon. The first team to free all of their Peeps (pop all of their balloons) was the winner.
Peep Grand Prize Game: Think "Grand Prize Game" from Bozo. Two buckets. Each kid given two Peeps to toss into the bucket. One bucket worth two points (the further one away), the other worth one (the closer bucket). The team with the highest score after finishing was given the point for winning.
Peeps On A Spoon: Each kid given a spoon and one Peep. Putting the spoon in their mouths, then placing the Peep on the spoon, kids race to the designated spot, deposit their Peep, and race back. First team that finishes is the winner. (I totally messed the set up of this game up! I only included one spoon per team.....um, eeewwwwwwww. So, we had to improvise and change it up a bit at the last minute)
Peep Cannon: Using a t-shirt launcher, we launched Peeps. Three kids were selected from each team to "catch" Peeps...they all had different point values. Theoretically, a team that had no points up until this point in the event could catch up by finding the ONE winning Peep in all of the others. The team with the highest score after adding the point value, was declared the winner.
**NOTE: This was a TOTAL fail this year! Each year I've done this has been highly successful and a huge hit. This year, the Peeps got stuck in the high end of the tube for some reason. We ended up after three failed launches, just tossing the Peeps...talk about anti-climatic! Ugh! I've got some ideas on this for next year !
We served Peeps cupcakes that were super cute! Each team then did a brief devotional on "Other Peeps Need to Know About Jesus." I'll attach it below.