Works For Me Wednesday

by Janice

works for me wednesday
Rice Krispie for One…

My son loves to make things – and by this I mean, create his own crazy food recipes and bake/cook them. We have had some pretty funny creations let me tell you. So often I have to jump up from what I am doing and supervise him while he destroys my (or Susan’s) kitchen in his wild pursuits.

But one day he began begging to “make something sweet” and I was frantically trying to finish up something on the computer. I simply did not have the time to indulge his cravings. Nor did I want a bunch of sugary temptations lying around the house tormenting me, so I got him to make a creation that was essentially a Rice Krispie Treat for one.

(We actually came up with this together as he was “creating” something and I “led” him in a safe and yummy direction.)

And I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty – in fact I don’t think I even stopped typing – except to help him eat it (cause it actually was really yummy!) Note: my laptop is in the kitchen so I was constantly supervising him.

Please note that my son is four and a spirited little boy.

I suppose most of your children can handle making a full recipe of Rice Krispies on their own, but my little guy certainly cannot.

So for little preschoolers who want to “cook” all by themselves, here is an idea.

“Let Your Child be the Sole Chef Recipe”

  1. Let your little chef grab a couple handfuls of marshmallows and put in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Next let him grab the margarine tub from the fridge and add a small spoonful.
  3. Then add whatever for fun – Jackson likes to add some chocolate.
  4. And point him in the direction of the microwave and let him microwave for a minute or two.
  5. Then he can pour in some Rice Krispies, covering up the marshmallow goo and stir up with a spoon.

Ta Da – a treat for one (or two!)

And I don’t have a big bowl to clean. And I didn’t have to slather my hands up with margarine and wrestle Krispie goo into a pan. Not that I don’t do it at other times. But hey – if I am otherwise occupied and my child wants to do something all by himself – then this works for me!

Tip – get your little one to add a bit extra if you want to have a bit of it too!

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1 Trisha August 1, 2006 at 11:02 pm

I think my son would really enjoy doing that. He always wants to help out in the kitchen. Great tip!

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2 Gina August 1, 2006 at 11:06 pm

Yum! My four year old would LOVE this. She loves to help me cook and bake

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3 Mieneke August 2, 2006 at 12:25 am

The nieces ( a bit older than Munchkin) would LOVE this!

Thanks for the idea!

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4 Katrina August 2, 2006 at 4:11 am

This is a great idea – even for older kids. Because, like you mentioned, then you don’t have a whole bunch of tempting sugary treats sitting around. Eat one, and you’re done!

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5 Jennifer August 2, 2006 at 4:25 am

My 7yo dd is the same way, and this is a great idea!!

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6 lrlwreath August 2, 2006 at 6:29 am

First I see cake at another web site, now rice krispie’s I am totally hungry here =))) Love your idea.

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7 MamaDuck August 2, 2006 at 6:34 am

Well, that sounds much easier than the pan on top of the stove thing!

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8 Jessica August 2, 2006 at 6:48 am

That sounds really good!

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9 Barb Szyszkiewicz, sfo August 2, 2006 at 6:58 am

Genius! My kids will love to do this. We use “whatever” cereal is around, miscellaneous ends of boxes work well too.

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10 alex August 2, 2006 at 7:17 am

I am definately doing this next time I babysit my nephews! THey will love it!

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11 KellyC August 2, 2006 at 8:11 am

This is an excellent example of empowerment. A great WFMW!!

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12 Nikkie August 2, 2006 at 8:18 am

That is a great idea, I’m going to have to make one for myself!

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13 GiBee August 2, 2006 at 9:25 am

OH — YUM!!!!! I love rice krispy treats, and you’re just feeding me ideas. Keep ‘em coming, honey!

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14 e-Mom August 2, 2006 at 10:13 am

Brilliant! Did you make this up?

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15 peach August 2, 2006 at 10:43 am

This is fabulous! You are a veritable genius. I hate the mess of making a big batch, but this is definitely do-able.

BTW, let him mix peanut butter in it sometimes instead and it becomes what my kids call peanut butter cobwebs. They love it with or without honey to dip apple slices.

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16 Christina August 2, 2006 at 12:16 pm

This is an awesome idea. I am definately going to try it. How do you girls come up with all these great tips?

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17 Amber August 2, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Great idea! My daughter would love this!

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18 dawn August 2, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Great idea! Anakin likes s’mores, but he really likes them without chocolate (who ever heard of such a thing!), so he takes graham crackers, puts a marshamallow on it, and nukes it for about 5 seconds – voila, a chocolate-free s’more!

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19 Carol August 3, 2006 at 4:27 am

Good one! Great way to begin teaching them a little (supervised) independence in the kitchen, too!

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