My 3 girls are creative little ones. They can take the most ordinary of items and imagine great things to make with them. Always wanting to ‘create’, they love when I present an idea for a new project. This especially applies to dessert creations in the kitchen. Yet my kids are newbies when it comes to baking, so in order for them to help, the recipe must be simple. When I heard about a generous yet fun holiday initiative from Kellogg’s, I knew that we must take part.
It involves kids, giving back, toys and treats. What a great combination, right?
This holiday season, Kellogg’s will make a donation of $20 to the Salvation Army, for every treat uploaded to RiceKrispies.ca. The Salvation Army will then use the donations to buy toys for children in need across Canada for the holidays.
To participate in #treatsfortoys, turn the simple yet much loved Rice Krispies Square into a toy! This is exactly what we did, and you needn’t think too hard to know that my girls set out to make a Princess, much like the many dolls that line the toy room.
To start, we made Rice Krispies Treats. Actually, my oldest daughter is starting to use the stove herself so she wanted to do this part all on her own. Melting the butter and mixing in the marshmallows was her job. I don’t think she’s seen marshmallows melt like that before, it was like a fun science experiment for her. Bonus points for learning as we go!
I did the mixing of the Rice Krispies into the marshmallow and after the treats set, I cut them into shapes for the Princess body. I then turned on the mixer so we’d have some Royal Icing for the creation.
That was the end of mama’s hand, the kids took the reins from here. The girls scoured the kitchen looking for items to decorate their Princess and bring her to life. In no time they had pearl and silver balls, liquorice, red piping icing and more.
They were really excited to find small gum-balls for eyes as well. Next, they each picked a colour for icing and my oldest taught the twins what combinations of food colouring make purple.
Using white Royal Icing as ‘glue’ they assembled the body parts and also used it to stick on the candy.
Tips for smaller kids:
- To ‘glue’ smaller pieces together using royal icing, give kids a toothpick to transfer the icing to the candy. Sometimes using the fingers gets tricky and sticky!
- Little ones might have a difficult time icing with a piping bag, so give them paint brushes. It’s much easier for them to paint on the icing than try and master the piping bag.
The girls spent a lot of time making their Princess perfect, much detail went into making her the perfect friend. They took turns taking on tasks, and in no time they had their Princess made out of Rice Krispies treats.
It was a project which they adored to complete, something different than the usual and already they have great plans for which toy they’d like to make next. I can see them making small toy treats with Rice Krispies for holiday gifts, a delicious touch of their own imaginations for friends and family.
Plus, a photo of their #treatsfortoys will help bring toys to Canadian kids who need them most. Perhaps their time in the kitchen will even give a princess doll for someone who really wants one this year. This program is such an easy way to give back this holiday season, plus a great excuse to have some fun in the kitchen.
Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Kellogg’s, yet opinions are always my own.