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Valentine's Day Fun Challenge Day 2: Valentine Treats

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It's time to have your kids help you in the kitchen! Today's activity is Valentine rice krispies treats! This is an easy and inexpensive treat that is great for preschool parties or just a fun treat at home. Your toddlers and preschoolers will have so much fun helping make these! My kids helped measure the ingredients, cut out the heart shapes, and decorate with sprinkles!


  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 package (10 oz) regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal (aka Rice Krispies)
  • Candy melts or white chocolate chips
  • Food coloring, if desired
  • Sprinkles


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix in the crisped rice cereal. Stir until well coated.
  3. Spread the mixture using a buttered spatula or waxed paper evenly into an 11×17-inch rimmed baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cut the treats into heart shapes with a 2- 3-inch cookie cutter.
  4. Melt the candy melts or white chocolate chips according the package directions. Stir in a few drops of food coloring, if you’d like. Dip the edges of the treats into the candy and decorate with sprinkles. Allow the candy to cool and set before serving.
  5. Best if served the same day.

Do your kids ever help out in the kitchen? What are your favorite things to make with your kids?

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I hate that commercial where the little kids are helping grandpa make rice krispie treats. In real life that bowl of rice krispie is extremely hot. grrr!

After I spread the rice krispie on a cookie sheet and it cools, the kids can press the cookie cutters in it. For the scraps, We press pie cutter shapes and make mini treats. As for the rest of it, I put it in sweet & salty trail mix. As for decorating, I brush with a lite glaze and they add sprinkles or colored sugar.

My kids help making garden salad all the time. Just give them the washed & chopped ingredients that you want and they'll tear the lettuce. Yep! They eat a bunch of it along the way.  


by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

 Yum! We always baked heart shaped treats, it's a tradition. My kid's love to help. We baked chocolate chip cookies the most

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Going to give this a try with my son whose 3 y/o.

by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

oh yummy what fun

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Totally doing this!

My daughter is always in the kitchen with me. I want her to develop a good relationship with food at the age of 4 and get that concretized before she is faced with assholes in her life.


by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Evan loves to help in the kitchen. He will mix the batter with cake and cookies and then steal the bowl.

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM
My son loves Rice Crispy Treats! And me too!
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by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

 fun! Perfect for my 5 year old's class party!

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

 They all help. I'll invite them in one at a time for spefic jobs to 'help' me. Or if we're doing baking I'll take it all measured out into the dineing room & they each take turns doing all the tasks, & take turns stiring until I do the final stir :)

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