Shirley Yonce of Wichita, “Spring Break: Peeps Gone Wild”: Growing up in the 1950s, I recall the “Where the Boys Are” movie I attended during my first spring break. Things have changed, but I recall going with a group of kids to an all-night movie viewing party as my first spring break. I understand there is a movie called “Chicks Gone Wild,” and since Peeps are little chicks and bunnies, I went with expressing wild behavior that has sprung into a spring break tradition. I tried to illustrate that with detail in a fun way. Spring Break and Easter Peeps have given me many precious memories.
Brady Martin, 10, of Wichita, “Don’t Eat Me”: Legos in the Lorax forest Peeps are fighting off the Lego characters who are trying to eat them. They are riding in the Lego vehicles and running from them. Brady made the Lorax trees, too. A few characters are munching on some Peeps, and the hamster running by is enjoying a marshmallow ear. Sixteen Peeps were used in many colors.
Johnna Kolar of Wichita, “Happy, Happy, Happy Duck Dynasty”: The reason I chose this theme is because the television show “Duck Dynasty” has touched men, women and children of all ages. I thought it would be fun to make a Duck Dynasty diorama with “Peeps” from the show. Si Peep even has his drinking glass for his tea. I hope you can see the Dynasty Peeps since they are wearing camouflage clothing while outside their Duck Commander Headquarters. No wonder they are so successful – they have Duck Peeps wandering the grounds in West Monroe, La.
Amanda Dodds, 12, of Andover, “Girl Scouts Rule!”: I’m going to Paris and London in 2015 with Girl Scouts Kansas Heartland. I just worked really hard selling cookies to help pay for this trip. Note the Peeps and the wagon are the only items that are not “upcycled” (converted from waste materials or useless products into new things, according to Wikipedia).
Debra Mauck of Wichita, “The Reaping”: Katniss and Peeta are selected from their peers to represent their district in a battle to kill or be killed. They have to learn survival skills and use the talents and skills they already have. They also have to leave their loved ones that they may never see again. This is the life of a solider that we only know so well in the U.S. Thank you to all who have served!
Kamie Etzler of Andover, “Is it a Boy or a Girl?”: I was inspired by a co-worker whose daughter is pregnant with their first child. The co-worker, Debbie, was telling us all the different ways to divulge the gender of the baby at a “gender reveal party.” A couple could reveal the gender of their baby to relatives and friends by putting either the blue Peep (for boy) or the pink Peep (for a girl) on top of the “cake.”
“Peepzilla,” created by a team – Jordan Wontorski, 13, and Tammy Arnott of Colwich: We had too many great ideas to create one diorama, so we created an entire city themed with some of our favorites from our brainstorming session. The diorama is around 20 inches square when lined up. It features Peepzilla tearing up Peepville. He’s already set the theater on fire (lighted acrylic flames and real scorch marks on the building) and he is eating one Peep and carrying off another.
Sarah Sinclair, 9, of Wichita, “All Star Movie Theater”: I made this Peep theater because I could express myself in art with a very creative play going on. So, in the All Star Theater, you have the comfy fabric-covered benches for the audience to sit on (by themselves or with a friend). There are curtains that you can actually open and close for the beginning and the end. There are also sparkly tiles going up to the stage where two actors are performing Baby Blues.
/ Angie Mitchell of Wichita, “Gothic Peeple”: As a native Iowan who grew up 20 miles from the actual American Gothic house, I had
MaKayla Snow, 18, of Haysville, “Peep Scout Camp”: I was a local Kansas girl scout for 13 years. I am now a lifetime member meaning I will be a Girl Scout until the day I die. As a Girl Scout, I loved going to camp. I loved making different crafts, meeting new friends and, of course, making s’mores.
Zachary Reece, 15, of Derby, “Odysseus and Polyphemus”: This was inspired by the story in the Odyssey where Odysseus and his men are hiding under sheep, trying to avoid detection by the monstrous cyclops, Polyphemus.
The Teens of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Wichita, “Episco-Peeps”: We tried to get the spirit of our service and all of the wonderful peeps in our church – even Father Earl at the pulpit. Sent in by Emerson, Emma, Gracyn, Ireland, Jaaron, Jillian, Karsen, Mikayla, Paul, Trevor and teen ministers Racine and Cora.
Geneva Richards of Clearwater, “Yellow Food Peep Pyramid”: Since Peeps are a daily requirement, I figured they needed to be their own food group, so why not go one step further and have their own USLP (U.S. Loves Peeps) Pyramid.
Kellie Platek, 18, of Wichita, “PeneloPeep – Will You Accept This Last Rose?!”: It’s based on “The Bachelor” television series. After watching the finale (only episode I had time to watch home on spring break) I realized how much I disliked Juan Pablo but loved him for the idea that he gave me. After growing up watching “The Bachelor” each Monday night, making these little Peep-ladies and felt roses came naturally.
Lana Charles and granddaughter Presley Elizabeth Bender, 5, of Wichita, “Girlfriend Peeps”: I love fashion and earrings and shoes. My granddaughter and I got out a jewelry box full of earrings and jewelry and accessorized the girlfriend Peeps while they were trying on designer shoes. There were 20 Peeps used in this diva excursion as well as a good many eaten.
Emma Sinclair, 11, of Wichita, “Peeps at the Beach”: I live with my six fish, four frogs and two cats. My fish, frogs and general love for all things aquatic are what inspired my diorama. When taking the picture, I blew bubbles to create the underwater effect.
Presley Bender, 5, and cousin Bailey Martin, 8, “Peep Fairy Garden”: This is the fairy garden the cousins created and play with at their grandma’s. They add new fairies and garden items when they go to grandma’s to play. Surprise fairies show up all the time. They loved it when the Peep fairies and their friends came to play and flutter in the garden. The girls enjoy the bright colors and flowers and fairies. They may have eaten a few Peeps during the creation. There are 19 Peeps in the garden.