Easy Preschool Rice Cake Dirt Snack

Easy Rice Cake Dirt Snack

Letter D is the letter of the week here in Preschool.

We have learned of many things that begin with the letter D; dogs, ducks, donuts, and dirt.  Just imagine the variety of snacks we have had.  Well, yesterday we made donuts from scratch.  Here is the delicious recipe we used for Easy Drop Donuts.  Try it out.  They’re quite good.

This morning we made Rice Cake Dirt Snacks and they were so easy!  You’re preschooler can even help make them with you.

Easy Rice Cake Dirt Snack

Easy Rice Cake Dirt Snack

All you need is some chocolate rice cakes, chocolate pudding cups, oreos, and gummy worms.

Spread 1/2 of one chocolate pudding cup on a chocolate rice cake.  After crushing up two oreos, sprinkle them on top of the chocolate pudding.  Then place two (or more) gummy worms in the oreo topping.  Viola! An easy dirt snack to go along with a dirt theme or the letter D.

Rice Cake Dirt Snack
 
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Recipe type: Snacks

Easy dirt snack for preschoolers to make along with you.
Ingredients
  • 1 chocolate rice cake
  • ½ of one chocolate pudding cup
  • 2 crushed oreos
  • 2 gummy worms
Instructions
  1. Using a spoon, spread ½ of a pudding cup onto the rice cake.
  2. Sprinkle the crushed oreos on top of the pudding.
  3. Lay gummy worms in the oreo topping.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

What is your favorite super-simple snack for kids?



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Classic Playdough Recipe – Homemade Playdough Fun!

classic playdough recipe

My daughter and I made this classic playdough recipe (below) this morning during her first day of homeschool preschool.  I’ve always loved making our own playdough.  It’s rewarding and fun for the kids to see what they are creating start to form into something they recognize and love playing with.

She helped me pour all of the ingredients, helped stir, and then watched as I kneaded it and it began to resemble playdough.  She didn’t want to knead it while it was still sticky, but once we added a little more flour and it felt like playdough, she was all about playing with it.

classic playdough recipe

I have nothing against store bought playdough.  I do, however, like knowing all of the ingredients that are in the homemade playdough.  I like knowing that it is absolutely safe if the little one ends up taking a small bite of it.  Probably gross-tasting, but safe.

She wanted red, so we just used red gel food coloring that I had on hand.  Whatever colors you have in your cabinet are yours to create the colors of your kids choosing.

classic playdough recipe

Classic Playdough Recipe

Classic Playdough Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Craft

Classic playdough recipe for homemade playdough fun!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Salt
  • Food Coloring of your choice
Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients (saving food coloring for last) in a pot on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Stir until smooth. (It will still be gooey).
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on the counter and pour the dough onto it.
  4. Knead and add a little more flour until the consistency is that of playdough.
  5. Once cooled, store in a plastic bag or airtight container.

Notes
Safe if swallowed but not recommended.

Go have fun with your child now and make some homemade playdough!  They’ll enjoy it and you might too!

Twinkie Surprise Cake Roll

twinkie surprise cake roll with sprinkles

It’s been a little over a year now since Twinkies made their comeback.  Since the historic comeback on July 15th, 2013, 500 million Twinkies have been baked and shipped, showing just how popular these little tasty treats are.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Twinkies. I received samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

To celebrate, Hostess will be releasing a comeback edition of The Twinkies Cookbook in time for it’s 85th Anniversary.  (Keep your eye out for it!)  Feel free to submit your own Twinkie recipe by July 31st (yes, that is tomorrow!) for a chance to be featured in the cookbook.

I decided to celebrate by creating a recipe of my own using Twinkies.

Twinkie Surprise Cake Roll

twinkie frosting

You can find the printable recipe below.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line a 15x10x1 baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs for 3-6 minutes until they are thick and lemon colored.  Add the sugar, water and vanilla, and beat for another minute until it is all well mixed.  Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until well combined.

cake mix sprinkles

Prepare a large, clean kitchen towel by sprinkling ¼ cup powdered sugar onto it.

Pour the batter into a prepared baking sheet and bake for 11-15 minutes until cake bounces back when you lightly press your finger onto it.

cake mix in pan

Immediately flip the cake on to the towel with powdered sugar.  Remove the parchment paper from the back and place a new sheet of parchment paper onto cake.

cake roll spread out

Roll the cake up gently and cool for an hour.  In a medium bowl, smash 3 twinkies and add 3 cups of slightly thawed whipped cream.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  After cake has cooled, gently unroll the towel and remove the parchment paper.  Spread filling inside the cake and reroll the cake without the towel.

cake roll icing inside

Spread the whipped frosting onto sides and top of cake.

cake roll frost outsidecake roll up

Pour the sprinkles into a pan and carefully roll cake onto sides and top around to coat with sprinkles.

cake roll sprinklesTransfer to a serving platter and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

And you will have a delicious, colorful treat to serve.  My kids (and husband and I) loved this!  The Twinkies and whipped cream mixed together as a filling was awesome.

twinkie surprise cake roll

Twinkie Surprise Cake Roll
 
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Recipe type: Dessert

A delicious cake roll filled with twinkie and whipped cream and topped with confetti sprinkles.
Ingredients
Cake Roll
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup sprinkles
  • powdered sugar (for dusting the towel)
Filling
  • 3 twinkies
  • 3 cups whipped cream – slightly thawed
Sprinkle Topping
  • whipped vanilla frosting (any brand)
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
Cake Roll
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line a 15x10x1 baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs for 3-6 minutes until thick and lemon colored.
  4. Add sugar, water and vanilla, and beat another minute until well mixed.
  5. Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until well combined.
  6. Fold in the sprinkles.
  7. Prepare a large, clean kitchen towel by sprinkling ¼ cup powdered sugar onto it.
  8. Pour into prepared baking sheet and bake 11-15 minutes until cake bounces back when you lightly press your finger onto it.
  9. Immediately flip the cake on to the towel with powdered sugar. Remove parchment paper from back and place a new sheet of parchment paper onto cake.
  10. Roll cake up gently and cool for an hour.
  11. After cake has cooled, gently unroll the towel and remove the parchment paper.
  12. Spread filling inside the cake and reroll cake without the towel.
  13. Spread frosting onto sides and top of cake
  14. Pour sprinkles into a pan and carefully roll cake sides and top around to coat with sprinkles.
  15. Transfer to serving platter and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Filling
  1. In medium bowl smash 3 twinkies and add 3 cups of slightly thawed whipped cream. Blend until smooth and creamy.

 

Let me know if you try this and good luck submitting your recipes! Maybe I’ll see your recipe in the next The Twinkies Cookbook!

twinkie cake roll

Easy Kids Fish Snacks

kids fish snacks

During the summer months the kids beat the heat by splashing in the pool and playing in the hose.  When they finish playing I like to have a snack ready for them to enjoy.  This year I decided to try out a snack to bring that special little something to their water fun times.

These fish snacks are so cute and are easy to make for the kiddos!  My little preschooler loved making her own.  She loved helping add in the sprinkles and kept saying how she was feeding the fish.  It was so cute!

I’ve been teaching them about the ocean and these snacks were a big hit.  We learned about fish in the ocean and visited our local aquatic center to see big fish in their large aquariums.  The kids all enjoyed feeding the massive koi and learning about aquatic ecosystems.  After our visit we did some activities and for snacks we enjoyed the fish snacks we made.

If you would like to enjoy these delicious fish snacks with your kids just follow the recipe below.

Easy Kids Fish Snacks

These were so simple to put together with only 4 ingredients:

  • graham crackers
  • blue icing
  • goldfish crackers (use s’mores or any flavor besides cheddar)
  • sprinkles

Just give the kids a graham cracker, let them spread some blue icing over it, place their fish on wherever they want, and add sprinkles for bubbles (or just for fun)!

They are very addictive.  They will want more.  You will want more.

Enjoy!  It’s great for any kind of ocean or fish party or educational activity for the kids!

easy kids fish snacks

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops

I came up with these Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops as a treat for our Girl Scouts after we attended a local Earth Day celebration.

The festival was a lot of fun with crafts and activities for the kids, snacks and local vendors, a little latch-on, and even alpaca petting.  The girls got to watch an alpaca being sheared which was interesting.

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops

So, I wanted a snack that would tie in with the whole Earth Day theme.  I’ve never made cake pops before and thought, ‘why not make peanut butter balls and put them on a stick?’ I tried and it worked out wonderfully. The girls (and mommies, and the whole family) loved them.  A few of the girls asked for a second ‘sucker’.

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops

The peanut butter ball part is very simple. Just make your favorite peanut butter ball recipe (I’ll put mine below.)  Decorating takes as long as you are picky about how perfect they look.  Mine are far from perfect, but it still took a bit to decorate them.

Earth Day Peanut Butter Pops
 
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Recipe type: Snacks

Peanut Butter balls dipped and decorated with candy melts and placed on a stick.
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Balls
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ¾ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Candy Melt Decorations
  • 1 bag blue candy melts
  • 1 bag green candy melts
  • 1 bag white chocolate melts
  • sprinkles – small white balls
Instructions
Peanut Butter Balls
  1. In a medium bowl mix together the corn syrup, melted butter, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and peanut butter.
  3. Stir slowly until it forms a nice big peanut butter ball.
  4. Form into small balls (makes about 25-30)
  5. Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. Until firm, yet able to poke the stick into.
Candy Coating
  1. While the peanut butter balls are freezing, melt the blue candy melts.
  2. Once the balls are firm, dip one stick ¼ inch into the blue melts to cover the tip of the stick with chocolate.
  3. Insert the stick into the peanut butter ball.
  4. Dip the ball into the chocolate and use a spoon or spatula to carefully cover the ball.
  5. Gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl and rotate the stick to remove excess chocolate and smooth the coating.
  6. Repeat with remaining balls and let dry.
  7. Once the blue coating is dry, melt a handful of green candy melts.
  8. Using a ziploc bag with the tip cut (very small cut) or a piping bag, get creative making continents on your oceans.
  9. When those dry you can melt a few white melts in with the green to make a lighter green to highlight your continents and add more depth.
  10. Allow to dry.
  11. Melt a small amount of the white candy melts and swirl it around the pop for the clouds.
  12. Quickly shake some of the white sprinkles onto the white chocolate before it cools.
  13. Allow to dry and enjoy!

 

If you try these out, let me know how you like them!