I am pretty health conscious , especially when it comes to what my family eats, but treats are not banned and candy has a special place in my heart. When my son and I made both the treats in this post he turned up his nose at the sugary one and gobbled up 2 spinach and banana popsicles in a row! I was proud and it made up for all the marshmallows he ate while we were making the shamrocks. You can win every time right?
- Gather your materials. You will need 5 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 5 1/2 cups of rice crispy type cereal, 1/4 cup of butter, green sprinkles, green candies , some non stick spray , a large sauce pan , 2 baking sheets and a shamrock cookie cutter. * I had food coloring out but didn’t end up using it, the sparkles bled enough.
- Stir the green sparkles and candies into the cereal.
- Melt the butter over low heat .
- Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and stir until smooth.
- Add the cereal mix.
- Mix well
- Put the mix onto one baking sheet that has been sprayed with baking spray
- Press down with the 2nd, this compacts it down perfectly
- Let cool in your fridge for an hour.
- Cut out with cookie cutter and enjoy.
- Gather your materials. You will need a pan, oven , tortillas, pizza sauce, pepperoni , mozzarella , kitchen sheers and a heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Start by folding your tortilla in half and cutting it into a heart.
- Next using the cookie cutter make your heart shaped pepperoni, you could do this with a host of other toppings as well.
- Time to gather the kiddos! Mine was a little hungry after nap and decided to taste test the crust.
- Spread the sauce on
- Add the cheese, I am not sure if he is putting it on or taking it off in this picture. Shred much more than you need if your little chef is a fan of cheese!
- Add the pepperoni! My son insisted the hearts were eyes, so we made a mouth too.
- Bake- I baked ours at 400* for about 10 minutes, checking on it often.
How cute are these? What a sweet idea instead of giving cookies or candy for Valentine’s Day , give a gift that keeps on giving, home made play-dough, recipe and a heart shaped cookie cutter . I wish I had thought of it, but I didn’t, Jessica at The Entertaining House shared this with me and I am so glad she did. So if you are looking for a cute and sugar free gift check out how she did it !
The Entertaining House
- Gather your materials. You will need bananas, baking chocolate ( for 4 treats I used .25 lbs) , butter , popsicle sticks, wax paper, a dish and a freezer!
- Start by peeling your bananas , cutting them in half and insert the popsicle sticks.
- For every .25 pound of chocolate or chocolate chips, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to make it easier to spread. Melt . I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds, stirred it and then another 20.
- Ooops have we been learning anything? If you want you can have your little one “taste” the bowl, ask them how it tastes, I think my son liked it!
- Spread over bananas and put them in the freezer.
- Let set
Taste & Smell Activity
- Make a chart- simple or big depending if you are doing this for one child or a class. On the chart list ( pictures for preschoolers, written words for school agers) 3-5 flavors of food ice cream, yogurt, and jelly bellies have all worked well for me. Make sure the flavors are simple like strawberry, lemon, vanilla etc…
- In identical cups put the food to taste.
- Have your child smell the first cup, ask them to predict the flavor- choosing from the chart’s list. Make a note of their prediction.
- Have them taste it. Ask them if they want to switch the prediction or keep it as is.
- Reveal the flavor.
On paper this seems very simple but it’s fun and a fun way to learn about taste and smell as well as introducing young children to the process of a real science experiment !