As the holidays approach, many of the crafts and activities that I do with Willow have to do with Christmas. Now that Willow is getting a bit older, I LOVE the holidays and everything we do revolves around that come late November.
This time we decided to make holiday-inspired treats in the same vein as the treats I made at Halloween. We got out some cookie cutters (and playdough cutters!), Wilton sparkle icing, Wilton sparkle sprinkles, Smarties, candy canes and of course, the ingredients we needed to make the Rice Krispies treats – marshmallows, margarine/butter and Rice Krispies. I used the vanilla flavoured Rice Krispies this time, which was awesome as I didn’t need to add any vanilla extract!
We made our Rice Krispies by melting 1/4 cup of margarine over low heat and then once the margarine was melted, we stirred in a package of Fireside marshmallows and kept it on low heat until all of the marshmallows were melted. Once the marshmallows were fully melted, we stirred in 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal. I laid out a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet and dumped the entire mixture on the cookie sheet to harden up a bit before making it into shapes.
Willow helped me out by eating the Rice Krispies while we waited for the marshmallows to melt. She LOVED them!
On our dining room table, I laid out sheets of wax paper for my husband, Willow and myself and I laid out the icing and the sprinkles. We set out by grabbing chunks of the Rice Krispies and laying them out on our own sheets to be pushed down – as flat as we could get them. We then cut out shapes from the Rice Krispies treats to be decorated. We started with a gingerbread man for Willow to decorate.
Willow is two and she had a LOT of fun squeezing the icing out onto her gingerbread man. She also loved the Wilton cake sparkles and put those all over her gingerbread man too.
As you can see from the plate above, we made Christmas trees, snowmen, wreaths, Christmas balls and gingerbread men. We had a ton of fun making them and decorating them with Willow. She’s now at the perfect age to enjoy this type of thing although she did spend more time eating the Rice Krispies treats than decorating them
We then took a WHOLE bunch of Rice Krispies and laid them onto wax paper. We flattened them down and, using a knife (best to let the adults do this part!), we cut it into the shape of a stocking.
Here is the finished stocking!
Willow loved making these and had a lot of fun (as you can see by her expression above!).
I received product from Kellogg’s to facilitate this blog post but all opinions, product making and FUN is my own!