Holiday Rice Krispie Treats

Holiday Rice Krispie Treat Ideas

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a fantastic day, month, year full of LOVE. We’ve been talking about love a lot in our house, mostly how we others, especially those we love (brother/sister battles going on!). Love is kind folks. “And a new command I give you. Love one another, as I have loved you, so you must love one another!” John 13:34

One nice thing you could do for those you love is whip them up some Rice Krispie Treats! We have a friend with an egg allergy and so when planning to take them dinner last week, I knew these would be a perfect & safe dessert. It’s your basic Rice Krispie treats with a whole lot of extra goodness.

Holiday Rice Krispie Treats
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A fun holiday spin on a classic dessert!
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons of butter
  2. 1 bag of large puff marshmallows
  3. 6 cups of Rice Krispies
  4. 1 drop of food coloring
  5. 10-15 candy melts
  6. 30 M&Ms
  7. Sprinkles (assorted)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  2. Add in marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
  3. Mix in 1-2 drops of food coloring and mix to reach desired color
  4. Mix M&Ms with Rice Krispies
  5. Remove melted marshmallows from heat and mix in Rice Krispies/M&Ms
  6. Continue mixing until well combined
  7. Pour into greased 9x13 pyrex and press flat (parchment paper is good for this!)
  8. Allow to cool
  9. In a microwave safe bowl melt candy melts according to package directions
  10. Drizzle over top of cooled Rice Krispie treats and add sprinkles
Notes
  1. These can be customized for any occasion! Just mix up the food coloring, candy melts & sprinkles to match the holiday you are celebrating.
Adapted from Kellog's Rice Krispie Treats
Adapted from Kellog's Rice Krispie Treats
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Valentine Rice Krispie Treats

I found my candy melts at Hobby Lobby, however you can also purchase them on Amazon. Target usually has great holiday sprinkles in their $1.00 section, and I also found some at Aldi this year. Last, I love this collection of food coloring. They have pretty much any color you would need.

Not feeling Rice Krispies? Check out these Lucky Charm treats I made for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Valentine Activity for Toddlers | Fine Motor Skill Practice

Valentine Decorations

Decorating for Valentines Day is usually brief, but I like to do it anyway. We have a few banners up around the house and this one might be my favorite. Some of the banners I use year after year like this Valentine bunting from forever ago.

Valentine Bunting

Other decorations I have had the kids help me make. This Valentine activity was dual purpose. Not only was it a great fine motor skill activity for Chickadee and Sprout, it also added a little LOVE to our breakfast nook! It was really quite simple.

All you will need is some colored paper, toddler scissors, a pen, hole punch and string.

First I cut each piece of paper into 1/4ths. Then I folded the 1/4th in half and drew half a heart starting and ending on the fold. 

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Chickadee was my first helper. She is 4 and cutting with scissors is great find motor skill practice for her. So she cut out all of the hearts. 

toddler scissor practice

After she cut the hearts out, Sprout (2.5 years old) went to town with the hole punch. A hold punch is so much fun for kids and really great for strengthening their hand muscles. 

Fine Motor Skill Practice

Last, I taped them onto string and hung them up in the breakfast nook. The Happy Valentines Bunting in the middle is from Target’s dollar section. It was $3 and is glittery so Chickadee especially loves it. However, you could easily make that yourself too. 

Valentine Toddler Activity

Just like the number sense activity I posted last week, this is a great activity for toddlers of many different ages. You could also make a template for your older child and they could trace the heart outline before cutting. 

So, do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? We will probably leave the hearts up for all of February and then change things our to Spring and Easter once March arrives. I sure hope March brings the sun and a little warmer temperatures! 

Valentine Number Sense Activity

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Valentine’s is in full swing over here! We have decorated, crafted, played and eaten our fair share of Valentine themed everything, and we still have a week to go. I know people say it gets all “Hallmarky” but you won’t find me pouting on folks wanting to celebrate LOVE. Let’s do it every day! And let’s do it in February! And let’s do it on the 14th! Spread the LOVE. 

The afternoons are the hardest time of day for me. As a stay at home mom it seems the three-ish hours from the end of nap time until when dad comes home are the longest. Especially, when it is cold and or raining. I try to think ahead and have some type of activity to do with the big kids and this always helps pass the time. Seeing as we are doing all things hearts, the other day I threw together a fun heart and number sense activity. And you can too!

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All you need is some paper, a marker, dice & stickers. I changed things up a little bit between my four and two year old, but the game was played the same. 

For my two year old I drew a bunch of hearts and wrote numbers 1 – 6 inside them. I wanted him to work on number sense, both recognizing digits and being able to do one – to – one correspondence counting the dots on the dice. 

For my four year old, we are working on reading. So, inside her hearts I wrote number words 1 – 6. I wanted her to work on reading the number words as well as recognizing the number of dots on the dice without having to count the dots. 

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Here are what their papers looked like before we started.

Then they took turns rolling the dice and placing stickers on their paper, covering up the number digit or word they rolled. I thought this activity might be one and done, but they both asked to play again. Chickadee immediately and Sprout after he played trains for a little while! I love when activities can be fun for both of them and challenge them at their current ability levels! You could also extend this having your older kids roll two dice and adding them together. The numbers on the hearts could then be numbers 2 – 12!

Valentine_Math_Toddler

Fourth of July Round Up

babies and the beach

For as long as I can remember we’ve always celebrated the 4th of July at the beach. And then last year, we mixed things up and went the week before the 4th. The same was true for this year, and so last week my dad’s side of the family all headed to the sand & surf…well, except me & III, because at 36+ weeks pregnant & at risk for preterm labor, I couldn’t go :/ However, my amazing parents, sister, and brother took on the task of beaching with a 3 & 2 year old and picked up my kiddos (and our NEW van!) to make the 6 hour trip. The kids had SUCH an amazing time and my family was reminded that the beach with kids is a trip, not a vacation. While they were gone, I got in a LOT of rest, a few date nights with III, and checked the last little bit off my to do list before Poppy arrives!

So with the impending arrival of baby girl, we don’t have any definitive 4th of July plans, but I’m sure ice cream and the pool will be involved! Here are a few treats from years past maybe I’ll try to pull off! Oh, and a blueberry pie. III’s mom shared her recipe and I recreated it the other day. AMAZING. I’ll be sharing soon!

Independence Cookie Pops
July 4th_Cookie Pops

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

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4th of July Candy Stars

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Happy 4th of July!! We are so thankful for those who continue to protect and fight for our freedom!

“Land of the free, because of the Brave.”

Happy Valentine’s Day

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“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” -Winnie the Pooh

These two and their daddy….they have my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! I hope you are surrounded my those you love today. Speaking of LOVE, we began the day at Chick-fil-a eating heart shape biscuits and BIG Valentine plans tonight. Heart shape pizza, with heart pepperonis! 

You may have seen on Instagram, but I think Chickadee’s Dinosaur Valentines turned out really great. I will do a crayon melting/molding post soon. It was a hit and the kids were able to be pretty hands on for the entire process. Chickadee came home with the cutest valentines from her friends, the preschoolers are really stepping up their game.

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I wanted to share one more thing before I sign off. For the past few years we’ve been giving Chickadee and Sprout a book for Valentines Day. Inside of the cover of each one, we write a list of all the things we love about them at this age. It currently means a little more to us than them right now, but I hope one day it’s a great keepsake. Last year we gave Marianne Richmond’s You are my Heart and Nancy Tillman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love. This year we gave The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin and I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. 

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I hope you have/had a love filled Valentine’s Day!! <3